Tiger diamond squad sweeps Monmouth
The IWC baseball team picked up two big wins on Saturday as they hosted Monmouth College in a doubleheader at Mapleleaf Sports Complex. The Tigers defeated the Fighting Scots in both games, taking game one, 4-1, and then picking up the 3-2 win in game two. The Tigers improve to 6-9 on the year after the wins.
In game one, the Tigers took the early 1-0 lead by scoring in the bottom of the first inning. The Tigers’ Nathan Strusz took advantage of an error by the Fighting Scots’ catcher, scoring from third to put the Tigers on the board.
The Tigers then had a three run fourth inning to build a 4-0 lead, which was more than enough to get the win. Dalton Bryant singled to knock in both Louis Rivera and Brandon Harris. Michael Reed then singled and knocked in Ryan Daniels who was on third.
The Fighting Scots scored one in the top of the seventh, but that was all they managed as Joseph Neilson got the win on the mound, pitching six innings and allowing just the one run on five hits. Neilson struck out two and walked three.
In game two, the Tigers again pounced on the Fighting Scots early, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. After Reed reached on an error by the right fielder, Strusz singled and knocked Reed in. Strusz then stole second and quickly advanced to third after a wild pitch. Jacob Neilson then brought Strusz home with a sacrifice fly.
The Tigers scored what would be the game winning run in the third inning as Jeffrey Burdett doubled and knocked Strusz in. The Fighting Scots managed to get two runs in the fifth inning, but the Tigers held strong and took the narrow victory.
Keith Bullock pitched five innings to record the win. Bullock allowed just four hits and two runs. He struck out three and walked one.
Reed and Strusz both went 2-for-6 between the two games. Strusz had two stolen bases against the Fighting Scots, one in each game.
Bryant had two RBI’s for the Tigers, both in game one.
The Tigers return to action today (Mon.), heading to Illinois College in Jacksonville, Ill.