Scots go 6-0 against conference foes
April 29, 2016
Michelle Ravel - The Courier
Following a weekend in which the baseball team swept two doubleheaders against rival Knox College, the Scots took both games of their Thursday twin bill against Illinois College.
The Scots took the first game with a score of 15-5 and followed suit with a 12-9 victory in the second game. Monmouth is now 17-15 overall with a 6-8 record in conference play with just three games remaining in regular season play.
“Today’s victories were huge for us,” said sophomore Brian Hoel. “We just have to take care of ourselves. Coaches have told us crazier things have happened and if we keep playing good baseball, we have a chance. Along with that, the chance of to have a 20-win season is in our control and we just have to keep the momentum rolling.”
The Scots began their offensive onslaught in the second inning when junior Ryan Sparks hit a sacrifice fly to score junior Bryson Sheppard. Monmouth got another pair of runs in the top of the third inning after junior Nic Stevens singled to right field to drive in junior third baseman Austin Hardy. The second run came after Sheppard grounded to the Blueboys’ shortstop and drove home Stevens.
In the fourth inning, the Scots brought their lead over Illinois College up to 5-0. Freshman Jake Starkey grounded out to first base to drive home senior Brandon Harroun and move Sparks up to third base. A passed ball by the Blueboys’ catcher led to Sparks adding the second run of the inning. Illinois College was never able to put a significant dent in the Scots’ lead en route to a convincing 15-5 victory in the first contest.
The second game of the twin bill was a much closer affair. The Blueboys and the Scots were knotted up at nine runs each in the fifth inning before the Monmouth offense dropped a three-run sixth inning on Illinois College’s pitching staff.
Starkey got the scoring started by doubling to left field to move Sparks to third and drive home Sheppard’s game deciding run. A bases-clearing double by Hardy plated Starkey and Sparks for some insurance runs for the Scots. Sparks came on to close the game out for the Scots to earn his second save on the season.
The Scots have just three games left to play on their regular season schedule before the conference championships. Monmouth College will play host in a twin bill rematch against the Blueboys this Sunday with the first game slated for a noon start. The game was slated for Saturday, but was postponed due to weather.y host in a twin bill rematch against the Blueboys this Saturday with the first game slated to begin at noon with second game scheduled for a 2:30 pm start.