IWC baseball picks up one in four-game weekend
The Iowa Wesleyan College baseball team fell in three of four games against Ashford University this weekend, dropping their season record to 11-12 overall.
The Tigers dropped their opener on Saturday by a score of 7-4, and then lost Saturday’s second game in nine innings, 6-4.
They got their only win in the first Sunday game, 4-2, and then fell in the final contest by a score of 9-6.
In the series opener, seven different Tigers had at least one hit, but in the end, they couldn’t overcome the visitors.
Ashford was aided by a four-run second inning, which helped them to an early 5-0 lead.
IWC chipped away, but couldn’t ever get ahead.
Dalton Bryant and Jacob Scherer were each 2-for-3 for the Tigers; Scherer had an RBI.
Ryan Daniels went 2-for-4 with an RBI; Jeffrey Burdett and Jacob Neilson also each knocked in a run.
Edgar Silva went 4.2 innings for the Tigers and took the loss. Logan Thomas pitched in relief for IWC.
In Saturday’s 6-4 loss, both Neilson and Scherer were 2-for-4 from the plate. Neilson drove in a run, while Brandon Harris had two RBIs. Raul Lorenzo also knocked one in.
IWC trailed 3-4 in the fifth inning of the game. Ashford brought in a new pitcher, who started in the inning by giving up a right field single to Scherer. Scherer advanced to second on a ground out by Michael Reed, and then went to third on Jeffrey Burdett’s ground out.
With the tying run on third and two outs, found a gap in the outfield and brought in Scherer.
That would be enough for the Tigers to force a couple extra innings, as both teams went scoreless in the seventh and the eighth.
In the ninth, however, Ashford was able to bring in two runs, and the Tigers had no answer, dropping their second game against the visitors on the day.
Christian Vigil and Vincent Cambruzzi each pitched for IWC; Cambruzzi took the loss.
On Sunday, the Tigers rebounded with a win in game one, but — despite getting six across the plate, more than any other game on the weekend — couldn’t get enough runs in the final contest to split the weekend.
In the first game, IWC’s Keith Bullock took the mound and went the distance, allowing only six hits for two runs (one earned) while striking out four and walking none in the complete-game effort.
At the plate, the Tigers were led by Harris, who went 2-for-3 with a double and a run knocked in.
Bryant was 1-for-2 with two runs knocked in on a left field single in the fourth inning.
Nathan Strusz, Neilson and Louis Rivera also had one hit each for the Tigers in the win.
The IWC doubled their hits to 12 in the second game, but it still wasn’t enough to get the win.
Neilson went 3-for-4 with three runs knocked in the final game against Ashford. Bryant was 2-for-3, while Strusz and Louis Rivera each went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
The Tigers went down early in the game, trailing 4-0 after the first two innings. They fought back to a 6-6 tie, scoring three runs in each of the third and fifth innings, while Ashford added one run in the third and one in the fourth.
The Tigers then allowed another run in the sixth, however, and Ashford added two insurance runs in the seventh to claim the win.
Cambruzzi, Logan Thomas and Joseph Neilson each pitched for the Tigers in the game, with Thomas taking the loss.
IWC will be back on the diamond tomorrow (Tuesday) when it hosts Hannibal-LaGrange University in a doubleheader at Mapleleaf Athletic Complex, starting at 4 p.m.