Saturday, April 06, 2013
Host Defiance College jumped out to early leads in both games in Saturday's doubleheader against the Mount, and held on to post a sweep over the Lions, 5-2 and 5-3. The Mount, which is now 6-15 overall, 2-7 in the HCAC, is back in action in the confernce on April 9 with a game at Transylvania University.
In the first game of the twin-bill, the Yellow Jackets grabbed a 3-0 lead by the fourth inning, before the Lions cut the deficit to 3-2 in the seventh inning, thanks to a two-run single by Nathan Frock (Cincinnati, OH/Roger Bacon). Defiance, however, would tally two runs in the bottom of the inning, grabbed a 5-2 advantage, and held off the Lions the rest of the way. The Mount got its first two runners on base in the ninth inning, but stranded both on base to end the game.
The Lions recorded four hits in the first game loss, with four different players each collecting a single. Jonathan Roberts (Hebron, KY/Conner) and teammate Ben Seeger (Reading, OH/Reading) each recorded two walks. Brandon Polking (Cincinnati, OH/St. Xavier) went seven innings on the mound, falling to 1-4 on the season.
Game two was similar to the first game, with Defiance leading 3-1 by the end of the end of the fifth inning. The Mount got on the board first, with a first inning home run by Zak Wagner (Cincinnati, OH/Roger Bacon), the team's first longball of the season. The Lions scored twice in the sxith inning, cutting the deficit to 4-3, with Defiance adding an insurance run in the eighth inning for the final margin. The Mount stranded four runners on base in the last three innings.
Collin Shaw (West Chester, OH/Lakota West) suffered the loss. He was relieved by Nathan Lambert (Lawrenceburg, IN/Lawrenceburg). Taylor Alley (Cincnnati, OH/Oak Hills) and Wagner each had two hits to lead the offense. Derek Allen (New Alsace, IN/East Central) and Drew Werner (Sunman, IN/East Central) each had two walks.