In the first game, Ecclesia came out strong in the top of the second
inning, as they knocked in four runs off LCU starting pitcher Micah
Wolfe (Mattoon, University of Northwestern Ohio). LCU responded with
five runs from the third to the fifth inning. Ecclesia was able to
also grab five more runs from the fourth to the seventh inning. In
the bottom of the seventh, being down by four runs, LCU began to
climb back, grabbing two runs. However, it wasn't enough as Ecclesia
changed pitchers and closed out the game to win by two.
game proved to be a pitching duel as LCU's Matt Krause (Mount Zion,
Mount Zion High) pitched all seven innings, giving up only two
earned runs and three unearned runs. Ecclesia pitcher Justin
Southerland (Bigelow, Ark., University of Arkansas -- Little Rock)
also 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 as Ecclesia ran away with the score, winning
23-2. Nothing went right for LCU in this contest as they tried four
different pitchers during the game and could never find a solution.
The fourth game was a different story as senior Justin Walen
(Shelbyville, Shelbyville High) took the mound. In Walen's four
innings of work, he allowed four earned runs and eight hits.
Sophomore Joey Burge (Lincoln, John Wood Community College) came in
to relieve Walen in the top of the fifth inning and held Ecclesia to
only two more runs and three hits. Unfortunately, LCU had a tough
time against EC pitcher Saylor McClish (Eufaula, Okla., Eufaula
High) as McClish held LCU to only one run on five hits.
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From the plate for LCU, right-fielder Mitchel Brannock led
the way, hitting 5 of 14 in the series. Brannock went 3 of 5
from the plate in the first game on Friday. Krause followed
Brannock by going 3 of 9 from the plate. For Ecclesia, sophomore
Eduardo Torres (Maracaibo, Venezuela) went 5 of 12 from the
plate and freshman Yohan Melendez (Valencia, Venezuela) went 4
LCU will return to action when they travel down to Elsah on
Tuesday to take on NCAA Division III opponent Principia College
(3-17) in a doubleheader with 5 and 7 p.m. start times.
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