Baseball sweeps Iowa Wesleyan
April 7, 2017
Michelle Ravel / The Courier
Fighting Scots baseball hosted their 2017 home opener this past Saturday against Blackburn College. Monmouth would get off to a strong start on both offense and defense. In the bottom of the first the Scots took advantage of a wild pitch and a balk to take a 1-0 lead. Starting pitcher Connor McDonald was dominant early on, only allowing two hits through the first five innings. Blackburn strung together some hits in the Top of the 6th and eventually brought a runner around to tie the game 1-1. The next 2.5 innings saw only one hit until Blackburn’s bats came alive in the top of the 9th. The Beavers got four base hits in the inning and two runners scored to give them a 3-1 advantage. That would be enough to defeat Monmouth.
The Scots looked to redeem themselves on Sunday as they took on Iowa Wesleyan University in a double-header. Iowa Wesleyan would jump out to a 3-0 lead but the Scots brought around six runs in the bottom of the third to take a three run lead. Monmouth would pick up three more runs in the 4th inning. Grant Myers knocked in three runs with a triple and Nic Stevens would also pick up an RBI in the inning. The Scots would pick up some more insurance runs in the sixth inning as Myers knocked in two more runs with a home run. A fielding error by Iowa Wesleyan allowed the Scots to score one more run in the inning. They would win the first game of the doubleheader 13-3.
Iowa Wesleyan once again jumped out to a 3-0 lead in game two. The Scots responded by scoring 19 runs in four innings. Monmouth tied the game at three in the bottom of the second thanks to another error by Iowa Wesleyan and a two run homer by Stevens. The Scots added four more runs in the third and brought around nine runs in the fourth. In the bottom of the fifth Ryan Sparks hit a three run homer to give Monmouth a 16 run cushion. Starting pitcher Jason DeCicco would get his first win of the season as Monmouth crushed Iowa Wesleyan 19-3. “I thought Sunday was a good team win. We did a fantastic job getting on base all day,” said Grant Myers after the win.