Baseball swept by Rockhurst in three out of four games
April 10, 2013
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After being swept by Rockhurst on Saturday, UIS baseball came back Sunday and split with Rockhurst. In game one against Rockhurst, junior pitcher, James Range started the game strong by striking out the first Rockhurst player. That didn’t stop Rockhurst for long, as they were able to score two runs allowing the team to jump ahead. Although UIS battled back, with junior Derek Shomon hitting a double and allowing Blake Baker to score a run. UIS continued to play well against Rockhurst until the third inning. UIS committed multiple errors, allowing Rockhurst to benefit and score runs. With numerous errors, UIS still continued to fight for points throughout the game. On multiple occasions UIS was able to put players on base but could not bring them home. Rockhurst continued to score late into the game. The final score of game one against Rockhurst was 8-1. Junior Adrian Brown said, “I knew we were going to have a tough hitting team against us.” Brown had played against Rockhurst in his freshman and sophomore years, as well. “They have always hit really well against us so we knew what to expect coming in this year.” After allowing Rockhurst to take the lead it was difficult for UIS to come back. “We needed to get ahead in the count. We had good, effective outs but it’s tough to get outs when you’re behind, as a pitcher,” Brown said. Offensively, UIS fell apart in game one; however, UIS came back strong in the second game and beat Rockhurst 5-4. “Our mentality is we are 0-0 in this game; going into the game thinking that, and hoping for the best and knowing that we want to win. We just have to go out there and produce,” Brown said. Throughout the second game UIS minimized their errors and began to score. In the final inning, UIS had the bases loaded and junior Kendall Hocker’s hit allowed Blake Baker to score the game-winning run. UIS faces Robert Morris University on April 10 at 4:30 p.m.