In the first game against Ecclesia, LCU (4-4) put two new players on
the mound in freshman Luke Webb (Ramsey, Ramsey High) and junior
Collin Mattingly (Washington, Ind., Washington High). Webb and
Mattingly had a tough time containing Ecclesia's bats. Ecclesia
(11-8) recorded 14 hits compared with LCU's three.
In the second game, it was all Ecclesia again as they jumped to
an early 9-1 lead in the first inning. LCU junior Jon Mangano
(Lincoln, Lincoln Community High) was the starting pitcher, and
junior Ted Babcock (Mentor, Ohio, Mentor High) relieved Mangano.
Both had trouble finding the strike zone, giving up eight walks
during the game and allowing Ecclesia to score their 12 runs on only
The highlight of the day for LCU was sophomore Scott Reynolds
(Champaign, Unity High), who went 3-4 from the plate. For Ecclesia,
freshman A.J. Arroyo (Boise, Idaho, Allan Hancock College) went 3-4
from the plate with five RBIs. Freshman Eckersley Villasmil (Maracaibo,
Venezuela) also went 3-4 from the plate with five RBIs.
LCU put sophomore Joey Burge (Lincoln, John Wood CC) out on the
mound in the third game. Burge was able to contain Ecclesia at the
plate by only allowing three runs on the game, two of them being
earned runs. In the six innings that he pitched, he also held
Ecclesia to seven hits and one walk. Typical of this season, LCU
allowed the opposing team to grab some early runs in the first
inning as Ecclesia went up 2-0. LCU responded with two runs in the
top of the fourth inning. Ecclesia closed out the game by scoring a
run in the bottom of the fifth and preventing LCU from scoring
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In the fourth game, LCU tried four different pitchers in an
effort to figure out Ecclesia. Still, no luck as LCU allowed
nine runs on six hits and nine walks.
In the last two games of the series, LCU sophomore Micah Wolfe
(Mattoon, Northwestern Ohio University) went 3-7 from the plate,
including a double. Burge also went 3-7 in batting. For Ecclesia,
Villasmill had another big day as he went 3-7 with five RBIs.
Freshman Yohan Melendez (Velencia, Venezuela) went 3-6 from the
plate with two RBIs.
LCU can now rest until this weekend, when they host Maranatha
Baptist Bible College (0-0) for a doubleheader at the LCU baseball
field at 1 and 3 p.m.
LCU's School of Undergraduate Studies is a member of the National
Christian College Athletic Association, Division II. Founded in
Lincoln, Ill., 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
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