Sunday, March 24, 2013
The College of Mount St. Joseph kicked off 2013 HCAC baseball action on Saturday afternoon at home, taking on Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in a doubleheader, dropping both games of the twinbill, 4-2 and 7-6 (10 innings). The Lions, 4-10 overall, is scheduled to return to action on March 26 with a game at Capital University.
Game one against the Engineers saw the Lions jump out to a 2-1 lead after their at-bat in the first inning, thanks to a sacrifice fly RBI by Justin Shelton (Cincinnati, OH/Anderson) and an RBI groundout by Derek Allen (New Alsace, IN/East Central). Rose-Hulman tied the game at two-all in the third inning off Mount starter Brandon Polking (Cincinnati, OH/St. Xavier) when they scored an unearned run. The Engineers got a one out, two-run single in the fifth to go ahead 4-2 and finish the scoring in the game. The Mount would produce two more hits the rest of the game, and leave both runners stranded.
Polking, took the loss, dropping to 1-2 on the season. He pitched eight innings, allowed five hits, four runs (two earned), two walks and had five strikeouts. Chris Bruckman (Huber Heights, OH/Chaminade-Julienne) pitched a one-two-three ninth inning for the Mount. Allen and teammate Jonathan Roberts (Hebron, KY/Conner) each had two hits. Kyle Vennemeier (Harrison, OH/Harrison) had two walks.
The second game between the two teams was a close contest throughout, with the Mount posting a late lead, 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh inning on a run-scoring double by Roberts. Rose-Hulman knotted the game at six-all in the eighth inning, and captured the doubleheader sweep in the 10th inning when they tripled in the winning run. The Lions had six hits in the game, stranding six runners. Cole Wendeln (Florence, KY/Boone County) and Taylor Simpson (Monroe, OH/Monroe) had two RBI each. Chase Stevens (Harrison, OH/Harrison) pitched 6 2/3 innings of relief, while Bruckman suffered the loss, falling to 1-2 on the season.