Scots falter against Grinnell College
April 15, 2016
Michelle Ravel / The Courier - Freshman Tyler McDonald winds up for a pitch.
On Saturday the Scots travelled to Iowa to face conference rivals Grinnell College in a rematch of last Wednesday’s double-header. The Pioneers took both games in the Saturday twin bill with scores of 6-0 over the Scots in the first game and 3-0 over Monmouth in the second game. The Scots’ losing streak has now reached six straight and their overall record now stands at 10-11.
“We just have to come to practice and work hard to bust out of this slump,” said sophomore Brian Hoel. “If we take care of that during the week we should be in a real good position to take on Cornell this weekend. We have the components to win, we just have to piece them together at the same time.”
The Scots found themselves attempting to chip away at a deficit early after four runs were surrendered by junior Logan Spangler in the first inning of the game. The Pioneers went on to add to their lead by scoring a run off of freshman Connor McDonald in the third and fifth innings of the game.
The Scots were never able to chip away at the lead after failing to plate a run. The Scots garnered three hits in the contest.
In the second game of the double header, the Scots came out on a strong note when junior Ryan Sparks hit a leadoff single up the third base line. Sparks was advanced to second following a sacrifice bunt by freshman Jake Starkey. The next two batters would fail to hit the ball away from a fielder and failed to capitalize with a man in scoring position.
The Scots had a chance to score in the top of the second inning after three hitters reached the base paths. Junior Bryson Sheppard was hit by a pitch and was moved up to second on a single to right field by freshman Harry Sanchez following an out recorded by junior Lucas Giertz. Freshman Matt Inness was plunked with two outs in the inning, but a fly-out by Sparks ended the inning.
Senior Brandon Harroun surrendered a run in the bottom of the third inning to the Pioneers for the first run scored in the game. Harroun would go on to surrender another two runs to the Pioneers in his fifth inning.
The Scots managed four hits and a walk over the final four innings of the game, but failed to capitalize on the runners.
Sparks led the way for the Scots at the plate by hitting a combined 3-9 in the twin bill. Starkey went a combined 2-6 with a walk while Sanchez showed discipline at the plate by going 2-5 with a pair of walks.
“We’re in the conference part of the season now,” said Spangler. “It’s important for us to be playing our best. Moving into the weekend we have a huge series against Cornell, we’re just going to take it one game at a time and win the series.”
The Scots will travel to Iowa to face the Cornell College Rams in a double header on Saturday. The Scots will then turn around to host the Rams in a double header on Sunday.