Baseball nears season end: Fighting Scots drop games to Illinois Wesleyan at home
May 1, 2015
Michelle Ravel / The Courier - Baseball dropped two to Illinois Wesleyan on Wednesday at home after splitting four with Illinois College this weekend. The Scots sit at an overall record of 15-17 with only four games left in the regular season.
The Monmouth College men’s baseball team challenged the Illinois Wesleyan Titans in a tune up game on Wednesday.
The Titans snagged a win in the ninth inning by pulling away to a score of 6-3 over the Scots. The loss comes after the Scots split both double headers with their division rival Illinois College earlier in the week.
“After a loss its easy to point fingers and blame other people,” said senior Raahsaan Fox.
“But as a team we know that the biggest thing we can take away from the loss is not taking our foot off the pedal. We tend to ease up and let teams get confidence after we are winning and that’s something we cant afford to do if we want to be a great team,” Fox said.
Fox continued his strong season at the plate by contributing to the Scots collection of hits with a 4th inning single. His season average now stands at .324.
The Scots lead for a total of five innings, before the Titans tied the score at 3-3 in the sixth. The Scots pitching and fielding effort would give up a run in each inning until the curtain closed in the ninth inning.
Sophomore Logan Spangler was called upon in the fourth inning and was amongst a total of five pitchers used by Monmouth. Spangler’s two innings represented an overall strong showing by the pitching staff by allowing just one unearned run in his two innings of work.
The staff as a whole gave up three earned runs, but spotty defense allowed the Titans to tack on the three winning runs needed to pull away from Monmouth.
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“Just like any other game there were some bright spots and also some bad spots,” said Spangler.
“In the end it was a tough loss to a good team. Looking forward, we really need to play as good as we are capable this weekend and sweep Cornell so we can get into the conference tournament and make a run into the NCAA tournament,” Spangler said.
The Scots have just four games left before conference begins on May 8. All four games will come against Cornell College. The Scots will begin their first double header against their division rivals on May 2 at noon at Glasgow field.