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Young guns boost baseball to .500

March 28, 2014

After a spring break trip to Fla. and a trio of victories last week Monmouth College baseball is the proud owner of a winning record at 6-5. This is after Sunday, when they took on Fontbonne University in a double header in St. Louis. The score was knotted up at three a piece when in the top of the eighth with two outs, senior Ryan Crandall plated a double to bring Alex Temple around from first for the score. That score would stick for game one, giving Monmouth a win in clutch fashion. In relief Logan Spangler picked up his fourth win of the year, with no losses. Spangler only allowed one base runner in three innings of work, with two strikeouts.

In game two, the Scots started where they left off until the fourth inning, when three errors and a passed ball opened the door for Fontbonne to take a 6-0 lead. Fontbonne hardly showed themselves to be Golden Glove candidates themselves, the two teams committed nine errors between them. The Scots so far are averaging a little over two errors per game this season. Monmouth would never find a way to make up the ground they gave up, falling in game two, 2-12. Joe Kerulis would be stamped with the loss, giving up six runs, only three of them earned, in three innings. Kerulis’ record now stands at 1-1.

Crandall was 3-8 with 2 RBI’s and a stolen base in the twin bill. He says this team has more confidence than last year’s squad, of whom this year’s Scots are already one away from eclipsing their number of wins. “We’ve got a lot of young freshman that came in hungry to play this year,” Crandall said.

Four freshmen that Crandall specifically cited were pitching quartet; Spangler, Kerulis, Asa Stevenson and Austin Hardy, who among them count for five of the six team wins. Only one non-freshman pitcher has started a game for Monmouth this year, sophomore Brandon Harroun. “The team has more swagger and has the attitude that we can play with anyone. So far we’ve won a few close games this year that last year we would’ve let get away due to mental errors, so I’d say this team is mentally tough.”

But now that toughness will be tested as they kick off conference play at Beloit College with a doubleheader this Saturday. It’s been twelve years since Monmouth was the top baseball team in the Midwest Conference (MWC), but early signs show that this is a much improved, focused group.

“My idea of success for this team is an MWC championship. Anything less than that would be a disappointment,” Crandall said. “We have the talent to play with anyone in our conference and if we can put it all together then there’s no reason why we shouldn’t win the conference.”

Cameron Line
Sports Editor

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