Baseball Stung by Late-Charging Stars

Baseball Stung by Late-Charging Stars

SCHAUMBURG, Illinois – The MSOE baseball team saw Dominican overcome deficits of 6-2 and 6-1 in dropping two games Monday afternoon at Boomers Stadium.

The Raiders (17-17, 8-8 NACC) saw the Stars (15-21, 6-10 NACC) scored five unanswered runs and win 7-6 on a walk-off single in game one before a six-run sixth inning propelled them to a 10-6 victory in game two.

MSOE got off to a strong start on the day, overcoming an early 2-0 hole in the opener with a three-run second inning. DU had scored twice in the first inning and the Raiders got right to work with back-to-back singles followed by junior Garrett Willems' double to the right-center field gap to tie the score. Another single followed and, after a sacrifice bunt, sophomore Andres Oselio gave his team a 3-2 lead with a sacrifice fly.

The Red & White added to its lead in the seventh inning when junior Max Kemp led off with a single. He advanced on a sacrifice bunt. Another single followed, then a deep fly ball to advance the runners, before sophomore Nick Gross laced a two-run double to the right-center field gap.

The Stars bounced back with a three-run seventh inning of their own and pulled even at 6-6 after a RBI double in the eighth inning. They then loaded the bases with just one out in the ninth before Matt Segovia singled through the left side to drive in a run and cap the comeback.

Four different players tallied two hits each for MSOE as eight of the nine hitters in the lineup collected a base hit.

Dominican scored first again in game two but the Raiders quickly countered for the second-straight game. In the top of the second inning, junior Owen Burnikel and Willems led off with back-to-back doubles to even the score.

They then broke out for four runs in the third inning. Another lead-off double set the stage, with a single to follow two batters later. Gross plated a run with a single of his own and Burnikel hit a three-run home run to left field to make it 5-1. The Red & White tacked on one more run in the fourth inning on a bases-loaded walk.

DU did its damage with nine unanswered runs over the fifth and sixth innings. The home team loaded the bases with two outs before a hit batter and two-run single pulled back three runs and put the team within 6-4. Then, in the sixth, the Stars loaded the bases with no outs before striking for six more runs for a 10-6 lead.

The Raiders were unable to rally in the later innings and dropped the second game.

Sophomore Sam Crawford got the start on the mound and pitched a solid 4.0 innings, striking out five and allowing just one earned run on three hits and a pair of walks. Then, after the middle innings, freshman D.J. Ellifson closed out the game strong with 3.0 scoreless innings of relief. He struck out four and yielded just one walk and one hit.

MSOE outhit Dominican 14-7 in game two, with junior Jimmy Carrington going 4-for-5 and Burnikel finishing with three hits and three RBIs.

The Raiders return to action Tuesday, hosting Concordia Wisconsin for a pair of games at The Rock Complex. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 1 p.m.