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Scots baseball bounces back

March 27, 2015

The Monmouth College baseball team returned to action Wednesday night following their rain out on Tuesday. The Scots lost a nail biter to the Iowa Wesleyan Tigers in extra innings to the score of 10-11. The eleven-inning affair snapped a three game win streak that saw the Scots explode by outscoring their opponents 38-13 this past week.

Freshman starter Dillon Freiden gave up a three run home run in the first inning to put the Scots in an early 3-0 deficit, but he was quickly picked up by his teammates on offense. The Scots tallied two runs to cut the deficit to one run by tacking on two runs on a throwing error and fly out in the top of the second inning.

The offense would erupt to the tune of eight total runs in the 5th and 6th innings. The rally would end there, as the Tigers would match the offensive production by putting up a seven run 6th inning of their own.

Both squads were kept off the scoreboard until senior Alex Temple served up the game winning RBI single in bottom of the 11th.

“Having a game cancelled always affects the mind-set of the team,” said senior Raahsaan Fox. “There’s a lot of mental preparation that goes into preparing for a game and to have it cancelled is a huge disappointment. I don’t think the rainout affected us much today, we just came out too loose and it came back to bite us in the end. The good thing about baseball is that, more than likely, there’s going to be another game soon after the one you lost. The most important thing for us to do to bounce back is to just not dwell on the past.”

The Scots went a combined 2-1 this week after sweeping their two-game set against Blackburn College. The Scots easily took the first game by posting a 15-5 score, before facing a scare in their second game.

The team’s wins are a confidence boost after coming off of a tough spring break record of 2-5 in Florida.

Monmouth held a 10-0 lead going into the top of the sixth and looked to easily pass on the W to Sophomore Austin Hardy, but Blackburn tallied six runs in the final three innings before the Scots put them away for good to close out the game.

“The mood was very upbeat and enthusiastic on Sunday,” said Hardy. “Everyone was up on the bench, making noise and into every pitch. It was an exciting day of baseball for us and hopefully we can keep the momentum rolling. It felt great because we were able to sweep the double header that day, something that we struggled to do last year. We have talked about being double-header strong and that means playing 18 innings of baseball and staying focused on getting two wins for the day.”

The Scots will return to action on Saturday, March 28. The Scots will take on an 8-4 Beloit College team in double header in their last set before entering into their first set of conference games. The first set of conference games will take place in the form of a double header against Grinnell College on April 2 in Iowa, and then again two days later in a two game set at Peacock Field.

Anthony Matozzi
Contributing Writer

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