Saturday, May 04, 2013
The Lions 2013 baseball season came to a close late Saturday afternoon at Manchester University, with the Mount suffering a doubleheader sweep at the hands of the HCAC-leaders, 19-4 and 8-2. The Lions end the season with an 8-28 overall mark, and 4-19 in the conference.
In game one of the twin-bill, the Spartans bolted out to a 9-0 lead after two innings of action, collecting seven hits in the two frames. A sacrifice fly by Jonathan Roberts (Hebron, KY/Conner) plated the Lions first run of the game, in the third inning, but the Manchester offense would jump on the Lions' pitching staff again over the next two innings, scoring five runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings to take a commanding 19-1 lead. The Mount would end the scoring in the game in the eighth, as they pushed across three runs, with two coming on RBI singles and third scoring on a fielder's choice. Mount starter Collin Shaw (West Chester, OH/Lakota West) took the pitching loss, as he was followed by two relievers, including Mitch Morgan (Cincinnati, OH/Northwest), who tossed three innings of shutout relief. Four different Mount players had two hits each, including Roberts.
Manchester got off to a 2-0 lead in game two, and held that advantage until the sixth, when the Lions cut the deficit to 2-1 on an RBI single my Derek Allen (New Alsace, IN/East Central) which scored Spencer Gommel (Greensburg, IN/Oldenburg Academy). The Spartans put the game away in the bottom of the eighth inning, scoring six runs on five hits and a Mount error, as they posted their 32nd win of the season. Taylor Simpson (Monroe, OH/Monroe), Chris Bruckman (Huber Heights, OH/Chaminade-Julienne), and Cole Wendeln (Florence, KY/Boone County) each had two hits while Roberts chipped in two walks. Brandon Polking (Cincinnati, OH/St. Xavier) suffered the pitching loss.