LCU Drops 4-Game Series

Ecclesia College (21-15) swept the Lincoln Christian University Red Lions baseball team (6-15) in a four game series on Friday and Saturday, April 12-13, 2013, with scores of 9-7, 5-0, 23-2, and 6-1.The series was played at home, in Lincoln, IL after delayed start due to a rain-soaked playing field.

In the first game, Ecclesia came out strong in the top of the second inning, knocking in four runs off of LCU starting pitcher Micah Wolfe (Matoon, IL/NW Ohio Univ.). LCU responded with five runs of their own between the third and fifth innings. Ecclesia was able to grab five more runs between the fourth and seventh innings. In the bottom of the seventh inning and down by four runs, LCU began to climb back with two runs. However, it wasn’t enough as Ecclesia changed pitchers and closed out the game to win by two.

The second game on Friday proved to be a pitchers' duel. LCU pitcher Matt Krause (Mt. Zion, IL/Mt. Zion High) pitched all seven innings, giving up two earned runs and three unearned runs, while Ecclesia pitcher Justin Southerland (Bigelow, AR/Univ. of Arkansas – LR) pitched all seven innings, shutting out the LCU offensive attack. Southerland struck out 13 batters and allowed only two hits.

The third game of the series on Saturday afternoon was one that LCU will want to forget. Ecclesia ran away with the score, winning 23-2. Nothing went right for LCU in this contest, as LCU tried four different pitchers throughout the game and never found a solution.

The fourth game was a different story as LCU senior Justin Walen (Shelbyville, IL/Shelbyville High) took the mound. In Walen’s four innings, he allowed four earned runs and eight hits.  Sophomore Joey Burge (Lincoln, IL/John Wood CC) came in to relieve Walen in the top of the fifth inning, and held Ecclesia to only two more runs and three hits. Still, LCU had a tough time against Ecclesia pitcher Saylor McClish (Eufaula, OK/Eufaula High) who held LCU to only one run on five hits.

From the plate for LCU, right-fielder Mitchel Brannock led the way, hitting 5-14. Brannock went 3-5 form the plate in the first game of the series on Friday. Krause followed Brannock by going 3-9 from the plate. For Ecclesia , sophomore Eduardo Torres (Maracaibo, Venezuela) went 5-12 from the plate and freshman Yohan Melendez (Valencia, Venezuela) went 4-11.