Late Rallies Not Enough in Twinbill Loss
Friday, February 10, 2012
The Culver-Stockton College baseball team tried to rally late in both games of a season-opening doubleheader loss to Oklahoma Baptist University Friday afternoon.
In the opener, the Wildcats trailed 4-1 when they fashioned a rally against Bison closer Jesus Carlos. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases with one out for Sergio Hernandez.
Hernandez grounded into a fielder's choice to score one run and leave the tying runs at first and third. Shaine Floodman was then hit by a pitch to load the bases, but Jason Schwartz struck out to end the game.
C-SC was limited to five hits in the game, by five different players, and was guilty of 12 strikeouts of the 21 obtained by the Bison. Gene Nanney, in addition to Hernandez, drove in the other run for the Wildcats.
Eric Burton got the start for the Wildcats and went 4 2/3 innings. He scattered four hits and struck out one, but walked six and allowed all four runs, which were earned.
James Lafuente hurled the final 1 1/3 innings, allowing one hit, no runs and striking out two. He also walked two giving the Bison eight free passes on the day.
The Bison bolted to a 4-0 after one inning in an 8-5 victory of the nightcap. Oklahoma Baptist plated four runs (three earned) on four hits and an error against game two starter and loser James Coon.
Coon settled down and pitched into the third inning, allowing one more run and no more hits. He finished with three walks and two strikeouts.
The Bison added a run in the fourth and three more in the fifth to take an 8-0 lead before the Wildcats plated five runs in the sixth inning to make things interesting.
C-SC scored five times on four hits, two hit batsmen, a walk and an error. Andrew Quiles had a two run single in the inning, while Michael Pena and Conner Cramsey had a RBI single each. Nanney drove in the other run when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Pena collected two of the Wildcats' six hits in game two. The Wildcats were issued two walks and struck out eight times in the game.
Freshman Mason Eisenberg was one of two relievers to pitch for the Wildcats in the game, hurling 1 2/3 innings of shutout ball. He allowed one hit and struck out one in his collegiate debut.
The Wildcats (0-2) were scheduled to play Oklahoma Baptist on Saturday, Feb. 11, but expected cold temperatures have cancelled those games that were slated to begin at 1 p.m.
C-SC is slated to play next Friday, Feb. 17, at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn. Game time for the single game is scheduled for 3 p.m.