LCU (6-11) gained control of the first game by scoring seven of their eight runs in the first three innings. In six innings, they rattled off 11 total hits, giving SLCC’s starting pitcher Cameron Cummings (Morgantown, WV) a rough game. Cummings only gave up four earned runs throughout the game and struck out eight. LCU senior pitcher Justin Walen (Shelbyville, IL/Shelbyville High) had a great outing on the mound going the full seven innings to attain the win. Walen gave up just seven hits and three walks while striking out six.
In the second game, SLCC grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, only to see that lead evaporate as LCU knocked in five runs in the bottom of the inning. LCU’s two runs in the bottom of the third inning were the only other runs in the game. For SLCC, freshman Keith Hodges (Defiance, MO) pitched the entire game, only giving up seven hits and two earned runs and striking out 13. LCU sophomore pitcher Matt Krause (Mt. Zion High) pitched for five innings to earn the win. He gave up three total hits and allowed two earned runs.
From the plate for LCU, sophomore first baseman Ty Unger (Lincoln, IL/Lincoln Community High) led the way going 4-7, including 3 singles and a double. Unger also recorded four RBI’s over the course of the two games. Sophomore Micah Wolfe (Matoon, IL/NW Ohio Univ.) went 3-6 from the plate scored two of the team’s runs on the day. SLCC junior Alex Henson led their offense by going 3-5 from the plate and scoring one RBI.