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Scots’ Blue Deja Vu: Pair of doubleheaders end in similar fashion

April 11, 2014

The Fighting Scots baseball team came out dead even after a series of games this weekend hosting conference rival, Illinois College (IC).

Freshman Logan Spangler took the bump in the first game of the set, coming in with a 4-0 record this year. The Scots trailed IC early, by a manageable 0-2, but the wheels began to fall off the wagon in the fifth inning. IC netted three runs off a lone hit, but also two stolen bases and two Monmouth errors. Meanwhile the bats were silent for the home team, managing four hits with no runs scored. With a final score of 10-0, IC stamped Spangler with his first loss of the season.

By game two, Monmouth’s offense was awoken like a sleeping dragon even if it did take some time. In the top of the eighth IC was back on top, 3-6, when an Austin Hardy walk and a Nic Stevens kicked off a five run inning. They just kept pouring on in the ninth to win the game 13-6, amassing 13 runs off of 18 hits. Sawyer Shaw earned his first win of the year, although he has a 0.79 ERA in 11.1 innings of work.

Sunday the teams met again at Glasgow Field and once again the Blueboys beat up on the Scots in game one. In the top of the first, Hardy was walloped for five runs off of five hits, including a 2-run shot off the bat of IC shortstop, Matthew Pardo. The sole run the Scots pushed across the plate was a solo home run from Ryan Sparks, his second of the season, in the third inning.

But just like Saturday the Scots’ bats raged back in the second half of the double bill. IC held an 8-5 lead in the sixth, when Chase Bair drove in Matt Glenn on a single, followed by a Ryan Crandall single that drove in a pair of runs. IC went to the bullpen for the next batter, but that did little to stop the bleeding. Crandall stole second and third, Brandon Harroun walked and a single for Sparks drove in the runners to give the 8-10 edge. The Scots would only add on to their lead in the bottom of the eighth, eventually leading to a 8-13 comeback victory for Monmouth.

Yesterday, Monmouth split a pair of games at home with conference foe, Grinnell, winning 6-2 in the first and losing 1-4 in the second.

Cameron Line
Sports Editor

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