Red Lions baseball hosted Maranatha Baptist Bible College (MBBC) in their home-opener on campus Saturday, March 16, 2013. Playing in cold weather, LCU was never able to get the bats going and lost both games, 1 – 3 and 2 – 6.
In the first game, LCU senior pitcher Justin Walen (Shelbyville, IL/Shelbyville High) received the start, holding MBBC (2-0) to four hits throughout the game and one earned run. However, LCU (4-6) was held to three hits on the game with their only run coming in the bottom of the sixth inning. MBBC did their offensive damage in the second inning, scoring all three of their runs, including one run off of a passed ball. For MBBC, it was senior pitcher Derek Funkhouser (Paris, IL) who received the win, holding LCU to the single run and pitching all seven innings.
In the second game, LCU jumped out to grab an early lead in the bottom of the first inning with two runs. MBBC responded quickly and scoring four runs of their own in the top of the second inning. MBBC then grabbed two more runs in the top of the seventh inning and closed out the game to grab the win. As in their first face-off, LCU was held to only three hits on the entire game. LCU sophomore pitcher Micah Wolfe (Matoon, IL/Univ. NW Ohio) received the start for the game, giving up two earned runs.
After the game, LCU Head Coach Chris Headrick said, “These are a tough set of games to lose. Our pitchers pitched great games and we have to do a better job of giving them good defense in the field as well as giving them run support in the colder conditions.”
One bright spot for LCU was sophomore Scott Reynolds (Champaign, IL/Unity High) at the plate, who went 2-3 in the second game, both of his hits being singles. For MBBC, junior Tim Shelp (Independence, MO/Tri-City Christian) went 4-7 from the plate. Shelp also pitched the second game as went all seven innings while only giving up one earned run.