Saturday, April 27, 2013
Lions' baseball Head Coach Chuck Murray won his 400th career game, all at the Mount, early Friday evening when his team posted a 5-4 win in extra innings over visiting Anderson University in an HCAC doubleheader. The Lions, who dropped the second game 6-1, are now 8-23 overall this season, 4-15 in the HCAC and will complete the three-game series against the Ravens on Senior Night on April 27.
In game one against Anderson, the Mount took advantage of the Ravens' shaky defense, scoring two unearned runs in the fourth inning to take a 2-1 lead. RBI hits by Derek Allen (New Alsace, IN/East Central) and Cole Wendeln (Florence, KY/Boone County) in the sixth inning pushed the Mount lead to 4-1 but Anderson tied the game at four-all in the seventh inning off Mount starter Chase Stevens (Harrison, OH/Harrison). Neither team would score over the next two innings, with Anderson leaving two runners on base to end the eighth inning and the Lions stranding a runner at second base to end the ninth inning, forcing extra innings. Stevens retired AU 1-2-3 in the top of the tenth, while the Lions got their leadoff runner on in the bottom of the inning with a walk. Allen then singled Drew Werner (Sunman, IN'/East Central) to third base, putting runners on the corners for the Mount, with two out, and an Anderson reliever balked in the winning run with Ben Seeger (Reading, OH/Reading) batting, giving the Lions a one-run win.
Stevens notched the complete game pitching win, bringing his record to 2-3 on the season. In 10 innings, he allowed seven hits, two earned runs, two walks and had three strikeouts. The win gave Murray a milestone collegiate victory - his 400th career. In 17 seasons as the Mount head coach, Murray has compiled a 400-295 win-loss mark. Wendeln led the Lions with three hits while Allen chipped in two hits. Spencer Gommel (Greensburg, IN/Oldenburg Academy) scored two runs.
Anderson bolted out to a 3-0 lead after their first at-bat in the second game against Lions' starter, Collin Shaw, and saw their starting pitcher hold the Lions hitless through 6 2/3 innings. Zak Wagner (Cincinnati, OH/Roger Bacon) hit a double to break up the no-hit bid in the seventh inning, and scored on a single by Werner, ending the shutout and making the score AU, 5-1. Anderson tacked on their final run of the game in the eighth inning, while the Lions would collect just one more hit the rest of the way. Shaw suffered the loss, and was followed to the mound by Mitch Morgan (Cincinnati, OH/Northwest) who tossed 3 2/3 innings of relief.