LCU Baseball Drops 2 in Memphis

Lincoln Christian University’s (LCU) baseball team went up against Victory University (VU) on Saturday, March 23, 2013, in Memphis, TN. LCU (4-8) kept it close in the first game, but eventually lost 1 – 3.  In the second game, VU (19-11) dominated for the 19 – 1 win. 

Victory jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom half of the first inning of game one, but LCU prevented them from getting runs in the following two innings. In the bottom of the fourth inning, VU scored their third run to push the score to 3-0. LCU responded in the top of the fifth inning with a run of their own, but that was all they could muster and they went scoreless rest of the game. LCU sophomore pitcher Joey Burge (Lincoln, IL/John Wood CC) received the start for this game and went six innings, giving up three earned runs and striking out three. Burge went 2-3, while LCU sophomore Landon Liga (Saint James, NY/Smithtown High) also went 2-3 from the plate, with two singles. For VU, three different pitchers split up the innings to combine for the win. VU junior Mark Kelley (Dickson, TN/Dickson County High) led them at the plate, going 2-3 for two singles and scoring one of VU’s runs. 

In the second game, LCU started off strong by scoring one run in the top of the first inning. VU responded by scoring eight runs in the bottom of the inning, forcing LCU starting pitcher Justin Walen (Shelbyville, IL/Shelbyville High) to retire early from the game. VU went on to score another run in the bottom of the second inning and five runs in both the third and fourth innings to run-rule LCU. As in game one, VU gave three different pitchers time on the mound to record the victory.

From the plate for LCU, sophomore Micah Wolfe (Matoon, IL/NW Ohio Univ.) went 1-2 with a single and scored the only run of the game.  For VU, junior Kent Voorhies (Pleasant View, TN/Aaron Academy High) went 2-2 from the plate with a double and triple, while also scoring three runs for VU. 

Victory University is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The first two games of the scheduled four-game series were rained out the day before.