KENOSHA, Wis. – After two site changes and the first pitch getting moved up by three hours, the MSOE Raiders baseball team finally got to play their single 9-inning game against UW-Oshkosh. Unfortunately, it wasn't the cleanest game ever played, seeing nine combined errors and a total of 23 runs scored in the 14-9 Titans victory over the Red & White.
UW-Oshkosh – 14
MSOE Raiders – 9
HOW IT HAPPENED
This afternoon's contest got off to a hectic start with 11 runs being scored in the first inning alone. MSOE's (3-11, 0-0 NACC) starter Brad Demkovich (Algonquin, Ill./Jacobs) allowed four hits in the top of the first, including a two-run round tripper that put the Raiders in a huge hole heading into their first at bat. Luckily, UW-Oshkosh's (7-6, 0-0 WIAC) opening hurler lasted only four batters and was charged with four runs while recording a single out. The Raiders would get two more on top of that to put them ahead 6-5 heading into the second inning.
From there on, the Titan's offense would just simply outproduce the Raiders. UW-O scored three runs in the third, two in the sixth and seventh, and had two other innings where they plated one. The Red & White were never truly out of the game until the later innings, having the bases loaded only down by four several times but were unable to convert. MSOE left nine runners on the base paths, which is something that continues to be an issue. Raider's pitching also had to deal with a multitude of errors, which lead to them being charged for just 10 of the 14 runs they gave up in UW-Oshkosh's 14-9 victory.
TEAM STAT OF THE GAME
The team walked six times and had one hit batsman in the game this afternoon, all coming in the first inning where they scored six runs off only two hits.
RAIDER STAT TRACKER
Joe Gilpin (New Berlin, Wis./Marquette) – 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 1 hit
Brandon Beauchamp (Neenah, Wis./Neenah) – 3 hits, 1 run, 1 RBI
Nick Gross (Brookfield, Wis./Marquette) – 1 run, 1 hit, 3 RBIs
Kyle Jablonski (Greenfield, Wis./Greenfield) – 1.0 innings pitched, 1 hit allowed, 1 strikeout
WHO'S ON DECK?
The Raiders are currently scheduled to play two more at Augie Schmidt Stadium on Saturday afternoon against Illinois Tech to open conference play. Mother Nature will ultimately decide if the first pitch at Noon gets thrown.