IWC baseball stretches win streak with sweep of Illinois College
JACKSONVILLE, Ill. — The Iowa Wesleyan College baseball team got two big wins on the road Monday against Illinois College.
The Tigers, who now move their win streak to five games, dominated the Blueboys in game one, getting the 9-2 win. Game two was a different story ,as the Tigers had to come from behind to get the 6-5 victory.
In game one, the Tigers jumped on top early, scoring two runs in the first inning to take the early lead. They then scored six more in the top of the fourth inning. The Blueboys managed to get two home in the bottom of the fourth, but that was all they could muster against the Tigers’ great pitching. The Tigers added one more insurance run in the top of the seventh.
Edgar Silva picked up the win in game one for the Tigers, pitching six innings. Silva struck out nine, allowing just two runs and three hits in the game.
Logan Thomas came in and recorded the save. Thomas pitched one perfect inning, not allowing a single Blueboy to reach base.
In game two, the Blueboys seemed to have control as they scored one run in each of the first five innings. At the end of five, the Tigers trailed 5-1.
The Tigers’ bats caught fire, though, as they managed a five-run sixth inning to take the lead. The Tigers recorded three doubles in the inning, with Ryan Daniels leading off the inning with a double. As the Tigers’ bats connected with the ball, the Blueboys fell apart, recording errors that the Tigers took advantage of to take the lead.
Vincent Cambruzzi then came in to pitch for the Tigers and shut the Blueboys out in the last two innings to get the win. Cambruzzi struck out three and allowed just two hits.
The Tigers recorded 26 hits in the two games.
Michael Reed was 6-for-9 from the plate on the day, including two doubles in game two. He also knocked in four runs.
Jacob Scherer went 4-for-6 against the Blueboys. Scherer also had a double and one RBI on the day as the Tigers managed seven doubles on the day.
The Tigers move to 8-9 on the season, while the Blueboys fall to 5-8.
The Tigers will next travel to Graceland University on Thursday, April 4, to take on the Yellowjackets in a doubleheader.
Game one is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. in Lamoni.