Baseball snaps 10 game losing streak
April 22, 2016
Michelle Ravel / The Courier - Junior Ryan Sparks prepares to lay down a tag at second base.
The Scots busted out of their ten game skid after notching 20 hits in a 14-7 victory against Robert Morris University on Wednesday. Monmouth’s victory comes on the heels of an 0-4 weekend against the Cornell College Rams.
“It was great to break out of the slump we were on there for a while and finally get a win,” said junior Logan Spangler. “Now we’re hoping to keep the momentum into this weekend against the Prairie Fire.”
The Scots began their offensive onslaught by plating the first run of the game in the bottom of the first. Junior Austin Hardy singled home junior second baseman Ryan Sparks following a leadoff double to begin the game by Sparks.
The Scots saw their 1-0 lead become a 6-1 deficit by the bottom of the third. Monmouth quickly reclaimed the lead by dropping eleven total runs across the third and fourth frames of the contest.
Monmouth batted around their lineup in a six-run third and nearly accomplished the feat again in the fourth inning before junior first baseman grounded out to short to end the inning.
The Eagles got a run back from the Scots in the fifth inning after freshman Josh Weber surrendered a run. The Scots answered with a run of their own in their half of the fifth when sophomore outfielder Grant Myers scored on a passed ball.
Monmouth got another run in the bottom of the eighth following a bases loaded walk to freshman Jake Starkey. Starkey was then on the bump for the ninth inning to close out the game for a 12-7 Scots victory.
Sparks and Hardy lead the way for the Scots at the plate by going 4-6 with 3 RBI in the contest. Both players were just a triple away from completing the cycle. Junior Bryson Sheppard was a perfect 3-3 with a pair of RBI and two runs scored at the dish.
“We need to focus on staying within ourselves,” said sophomore Brian Hoel. “We need to focus on not trying to do more than what we are capable of. If everyone stays within themselves, then we are plenty talented enough to string some wins together this weekend.”
Monmouth College will challenge rival Knox College in a four game set this weekend. The Scots will host Knox on Saturday and then will travel to Galesburg on Sunday.