GLENDALE, Wis. – MSOE put up double digit run totals in each game of their doubleheader against Rockford, and with both winning pitchers dominating the Regents, as the Raider's took both games, moving them to .500 in NACC play on a rainy Sunday afternoon at Henry Aaron Field.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Not only was this afternoon a battle with Rockford (5-14, 1-7 NACC), but it was a battle with mother nature herself. Rain moved up the time of game one, while pushing back the first pitch of game two. Regardless, MSOE (7-15, 4-4 NACC) was able to get both games in and benefited from the results.
Game one starter Sam Crawford (Cedar Rapids, Iowa / Linn Mar) was locked in all game and provided the stability the Raiders needed to get their afternoon going. After giving up the first run of the ball game in the top of the second, Crawford shut the Regents down, allowing just three hits in his last five innings of work. The Raiders took the lead right back in the bottom half of the second, as Adam Graham (Naperville, Ill. / Neuqua Valley) and Josh Beier (Mount Horeb, Wis. / Mount Horeb) strung back to back singles to score an RBI each. That would be all the run support Crawford needed, but the Red & White went on to score nine more runs, forcing the mercy rule to end game one by the score of 11-1.
The second game of the doubleheader started much later than expected, as both teams waited for a storm system to pass to resume play. Rockford kicked off the scoring once again, scoring three runs in their first at-bat, eventually running starter Mason Lebreck (Naperville, Ill. / Neuqua Valley) out of the game after just 2.2 innings pitched. In retrospect, they probably shouldn't have done that as reliver Kyle Jablonski (Greenfield, Wis. / Greenfield) was lights out. Jablonski threw 6.1 innings, giving up just three hits while striking out ten. With the Raiders down 5-2, MSOE scored eight runs in the bottom of the fourth and four more in the bottom of the sixth to put away the 14-5 win. Both Andres Oselio (Beloit, Wis. / Memorial) and Graham helped bury Rockford with three RBIs each.
All but one Raider who played in the games this afternoon knocked in a run, as the team came away with 19 RBIs off 17 hits and 13 walks between the two contests.
MSOE STAT TRACKER – TWO GAME TOTALS
Josh Beier – 3 hits, 3 RBIs, 4 run scored, 2 walks
Brandon Beauchamp (Neenah, Wis. / Neenah) – 4 hits, 3 runs scored, 2 walks, 1 RBI
Adam Graham – 5 hits, 4 RBIs, 3 runs scored
Sam Crawford – 7.0 innings pitched, 1 run allowed, 9 strikeouts
Kyle Jablonski – 6.1 innings pitched, 0 runs allowed, 10 strikeouts
WHO'S ON DECK
The Raiders will look to move above the .500 mark on Friday when they welcome Benedictine to The Rock. First pitch of the doubleheaders is slated for Noon.