TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The weather has finally started to cooperate, meaning that MSOE baseball can have a more consistent schedule in terms of games played. Unfortunately, consistency has been the problem with the team lately, with this afternoon being no different. The Raiders had a mixture of problems that led to their two-loss day down in central Indiana.
MSOE Raiders – 2
Rose-Hulman – 8
MSOE Raiders – 11
Carroll (Wis.) – 14
HOW IT HAPPENED
The issues for MSOE (3-9, 0-0 NACC) was offensive production in the initial game of the day. The team got only five hits throughout the first nine inning game against Rose-Hulman (8-5), who is the host team for the weekend festivities. Meanwhile, the Fighting Engineers were able to put 11 hits on the scoreboard, leading to eight runs. Starting pitcher Riley Wikel (Muskego, Wis./Muskego) hung in there, going 5.1 innings and only allowing three earned runs. Unfortunately, the Raiders only got three baserunners to second or beyond in the 8-2 defeat.
Offense wasn't the issue in the second game, but pitching was. Starter Sam Crawford (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Linn Mar) gave up 11 runs in only four innings pitched, but the Raiders weren't left out to dry. The bats woke up to the tune of 11 runs on 16 hits, giving the Red & White a fighting chance to salvage a split on the day. It was just too little too late though, as Carroll's (4-5) run production came early and often, putting the Raiders down 14-6 by the time the seventh frame rolled around. MSOE would go on to get five more in the last third of the game, but still fell short 14-11.
TEAM STAT OF THE GAME
The problem hasn't been getting runners on, it's been getting them in. The Raiders left another 18 runners on the base paths between the two games this afternoon, bringing the total during their three-game losing streak to 26.
RAIDER STAT TRACKER – 2 Game Totals
Adam Graham (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley)– 3 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, 1 RBI
Joe Gilpin (New Berlin, Wis./Marquette)– 5 hits, 3 RBI's
Noah Davison (Geneva, Ill./Geneva Community)– 3.1 innings pitched, 2 hits, 1 strikeout
WHO'S ON DECK?
The team will be back at it tomorrow morning, taking on the same two squads as today. First up will be Rose-Hulman at 10:00 am, before taking on Carroll (Wis.) again at 1:00 pm.