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LCU drops 4-game series

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[April 16, 2013]  On Friday and Saturday, the Lincoln Christian University baseball team hosted Ecclesia College for a four-game series. Ecclesia (21-15) swept LCU (6-15), winning the games by scores of 9-7, 5-0, 23-2 and 6-1.

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.

The second 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 of 11.

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.


LCU's School of Undergraduate Studies is a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association, Division II. Founded in Lincoln in 1944, Lincoln Christian University's three schools -- the School of Undergraduate Studies, the Hargrove School of Adult & Graduate Studies, and the Seminary -- share a mission to nurture and equip Christians with a biblical worldview to serve and lead in the church and the world. For more information about the Red Lions, visit LincolnChristian.edu/athletics.

[Text from file received from Lincoln Christian University]

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