Lincoln Christian University hosted the St. Louis Christian College (SLCC) Soldiers baseball team on Friday, April 25, 2014, in the second of two double-headers this week. It was the last time LCU would play at home for the 2014 season.
The first game began at 1 p.m. under sunny skies with a ceremonial first pitch thrown by LCU junior Tatiana Colclasure. She won the opportunity as part of charity auction earlier this spring. Colclasure had more than one connection to the game as her brother and fiancé both play for SLCC.
LCU (1-14) started senior Eli Spiller (Valier, IL\Sasser-Valier HS) who faced 10 batters in his 1⅓ innings of pitching. LCU gave up three runs in the first inning, but the Red Lions fought back to get one run in the bottom of the second. The next four innings were largely uneventful as neither team crossed the plate. In the top of the seventh, SLCC added 3 more runs against LCU junior relief pitcher Matt Krause (Mt. Zion, IL/Mt. Zion HS). These were the only runs Krause allowed in his 5⅔ innings. LCU dropped the first game of the day, 6-1.
LCU senior Brady Cremeens (Hopedale, IL/Olympia HS) started the second game and held SLCC scoreless for the first three innings. LCU’s bats woke up for the second game and were able to get three men around the diamond for a 3-0 lead. The Red Lions held the lead until the top of the fourth when a tragic series of errors from LCU fielders and strong hitting let seven SLCC batters make a round trip of the diamond. The Soldiers added four more runs in the fifth and sixth innings, while the Red Lions managed to get only two more men back home. Cremeens pitched a complete game, presiding over the Red Lions 5-11 loss that completed SLCC’s sweep.