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.
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.
game on Friday proved to be a pitchers' duel. LCU pitcher Matt Krause
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
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.
fourth game was a different story as LCU senior Justin Walen
IL/Shelbyville High) took the mound. In Walen’s four innings, he allowed
four earned runs and eight hits. Sophomore Joey Burge
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.
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.