Baseball Takes Doubleheader Games Against MacMurray
Athletic News - Baseball
The Westminster Blue Jays defeated MacMurray College in both games of the double header Saturday afternoon.
In game one the Blue Jays got off to a hot start, putting up five runs on five hits in the first inning, including a two-run home run by Tyler Branneky. MacMurray came back and tied up the game at five in the top of the fifth inning. The Blue Jays battled back in the bottom half of the inning, and Justin Whitaker scored on a error by the Highlanders' shortstop, making the game 6-5. The Highlanders managed to load the bases in the bottom of the sixth inning with two outs when Deion Hughes came in to pitch and got the strike out to end the inning.
Westminster tacked on a few more in the bottom of the sixth, started by a pinch hit triple by Jake Holtgraewe. Cam Backes doubled Holtgraewe in, Branneky singled in Backes, and then Branneky would later score on an error by the Highlanders' third baseman. The three run eighth inning would help secure the 9-5 win for the Blue Jays. Kevin Mortiz was the winning pitcher, pitching 5 2/3 innings and giving up five earned runs. Deion Hughes was given the save.
The Blue Jays won game two 3-0 behind a complete game shut out by Tyler Ten Eyck. The game was scoreless until Westminster grabbed the first run in the bottom of the sixth when Andy Pichler got a lead off single, Cam Backes bunted him over to second, and Justin Whitaker singled Pichler in. The Blue Jays were able to get two insurance runs in bottom of the eighth when Whitaker singled in Backes and then Danton Hughes singled in Branneky.
Ten Eyck was the winning pitcher. He worked nine innings, giving up no runs, no walks, and struck out seven.
The Blue Jays improve their SLIAC record to 6-5, moving them in to the fourth spot. Their overall record improved to 9-8.
The Blue Jays will take on the Highlanders tomorrow in hopes of completing the three game sweep.