It was a busy weekend for the Tartan Pride Men's Baseball team. For the first of two double-headers, the Pride played against Lake Michigan College on Saturday. Then on Sunday, they faced Grand Rapids Community College. The Pride won all four games, giving the team great momentum right before their final exams.
For details of each game, please read the short game summaries below:
In the first game of the Coach Jim Harrison Memorial Tournament the Pride took on the Lake Michigan College Indians. Kyle Hopwood got the opening game started. After retiring the first two batters, Kyle was tagged for a solo homerun and a double that scored a two out walk. Sinclair answered with a run of their own and tied the game at two on a Taylor Hoisington solo homer in the second.
Scoring picked back up in the bottom of the fifth when Dan Marsh reached base on an error. Ricky Masson singled and after a John Lydic sacrifice bunt, Nate Kautz walked to load the bases for Hoisington. Taylor continued his red hot start driving a 1-0 pitch to dead center over the fence for Grand Slam. Lake Michigan would score two in the top of the sixth, but that is all they would get.
Top Offensive Performers: Taylor Hoisington 2-3 HR GS 5 RBIs, Dan Marsh 2-4 2 RS 3B
Erik (Donkey) Lamka started for the Pride. Sinclair took the early lead in the second with a RBI single from third basemen Joe Profitt. In the third, they added on another when Taylor Hoisington doubled in Trace Fowler. Lake Michigan took the lead in the fourth, but in the bottom of the fifth the Pride manufactured the tying run with small ball. Lamka pitched a scoreless sixth and the score remained tied until the Pride scored three in the bottom of the sixth.
Zach Botjer came in to pitch the seventh and after walking the first two hitters he went to work. Botjer then started the 5-4-3 game ending double play.
Top Offensive Performers: Brad Yinger 1-1 2 RBI's, Nate Kautz 0-1 BB 2RBI's, Trace Fowler 1-2 2B 2BB's.
Sunday's game brought on the biggest crowd of the year for the Tartans and they got to see two great games at Athletes in Action.
Southpaw Trevor Oetting started for the Pride on the mound. After a 6-3 groundout, the Raiders got two straight singles. Oetting received help from his centerfielder Dan Marsh who threw out the runner trying to go from first to third. A single by Young plated the first run of the game and back-to-back walks would load the bases. Oetting then got the groundball he needed to second base to end the inning.
The Pride answered a Raider run in the third inning when Dan Marsh had a one-out base hit. John Lydic then doubled in one and Nate Kautz picked up the other runner with a big two strike RBI groundout to second. That tie did not last long as the Raiders quickly took the lead back in the top of the fourth.
Robinson pitched a scoreless sixth and Ricky Masson was hit by a pitch to get things started. Clay Ragland entered the game as a pinch runner and moved to second on a great bunt by Brad Yinger. Taylor Messinger then singled off the pitchers glove to score Ragland and give the Pride their first lead. Robinson started the seventh inning, but after two walks was taken out for Freshmen Bullpen Sensation Jordan Russell.
With no outs Jordan struck the next hitter out, got a ground ball back to him and finished the game getting a ground ball to third. Russell has now pitched six scoreless innings for the Pride this year and has already recorded three saves. Robinson picks up his first collegiate victory.
Top Offensive Performers: Nate Kautz 1-3 2RBI's, Trace Fowler 2-2 SAC 2B, Ricky Masson 2-2 2B.
In the final game of the weekend, the Pride gave the ball to the sophomore Ryan Knisley. Knisley who is undefeated in his college career would make his first start ever with contacts. In the bottom of the first, the Pride scored three runs on one hit and five walks.
After the first there was not much scoring as the Pride pitching staff only allowed three runs in the game while scattering 13 hits. Knisley took a 4-1 lead into the sixth and exited after a one-out 2RBI single. Coach Dintaman called for Zach Botjer to make his second appearance out of the pen. After picking off the runner at first, Botjer gave up a single but strikeout Barnes who had two hits on the day to end the threat.
With two outs and a 2-2 count, the Raiders DH hit a ball in the gap that just got by a diving Dan Marsh. The runner from first made the turn to to home trying to tie the game. Hoisington then fired a bullet to Lydic who nailed the runner at the plate to give the Tartan Pride the victory. Ryan Knisley would get the win and Zach Botjer picked up his second save.
Top Offensive Performers: John Lydic 3-3 RBI BB, Ricky Masson 1-3 2RBI's.
The Pride improved to 9-1 on the year. The upcoming week will be very light before the Pride head to Tennessee due to final exams.