Rams finish regular season with split and .500 mark
Rams finish regular season with split and .500 mark

Rams finish regular season with split and .500 mark

By Sports Information Department BC | May 1, 2011 | RSS

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Rams finish regular season with split and .500 mark


Men’s Baseball hosted Reinhardt in the final home stand of the season on Sunday splitting the doubleheader. The first game was a continuation of a game earlier this season, which the game was cut short in the 7th inning, tied 5-5. The second game was a full nine-inning game.


Adam Hoyt started the first shortened game for the Rams. Hoyt found himself in the hole in two consecutive innings both in the 8th and 9th. With one out, Dipetta smacked a RBI single into left-center field as well as Brett Flick‘s sac-fly RBI to center, which gave Reinhardt the 7-5 lead.


In the bottom of the 9th, behind Goodyear’s single (the Rams only hit in the continued portion), the Rams would try to rally back but were denied, as Reinhardt would take the win 7-5.


Game two’s starting pitcher was Joey Andrews for the Rams. In the first, Reinhardt took the momentum from game one and used crafty base running to get into scoring position. Alongside a costly error on Smurthwaite, Reinhardt scored and led 1-0 into the 2nd inning. Later, Reinhardt’s Kles would knock a solo-HR deep over the left-center wall, extending the Eagles lead to 2-0.


The Rams’ struggles didn’t last long though. After Andrew Weaver’s advance to 3rd, Zach Goodyear stepped up and crushed a two-run HR to even the score up 2-2. Later in the 2nd inning, Truhett would be called for interference on a potential double play on his advancement to 2nd base. After a five-minute conversation between both managers, he was called out.


P Mike Newton entered the game for the Rams on the mound in the 3rd inning replacing Andrews. He would retire the side.


In the 4th, Eagles P Ben Gonglach took over and with Goodyear at the plate, Gonglach threw a pitch into Goodyear’s back. A heated argument resulted in managers charging the field, separating the two players. Gonglach would be ejected from the game.


The Rams would bring in a third pitcher, Ethan Lewis, to begin the 5th inning. The Eagles used the dramatic 4th inning as motivation to get their own bats ignited. Flick started it with a 2-run double followed by another base hit and a run scored, all with no outs. They would lead 5-2.


Another pitcher would enter for the Rams, 27 Taylor Marshall, with runners on the corners. Marshall came in for the rescue retiring three out of four batters with ease.


In an emotional middle portion of the game, the Rams would get a chance to narrow the margin. They started the comeback with no outs as well. Two doubles highlighted the inning, one by Kyle Cabral and the other by Victor Torres. Cabral would get into scoring position, and Torres would knock the two runners home to narrow Reinhardt’s lead to only one, 5-4. After two ground outs, Torres was able to make his way over to 3rd base, and Goodyear’s sacrifice would get Torres in for the run to tie the game up 5-5.


After a pitching change by Reinhardt in the 7th, the Rams were able to load the bases with one out with Joe Gatewood. Gatewood’s deep hit to left field would allow Cabral to tag and score on the RBI sacrifice fly. Next batter, Smurthwaite, singled to left and scored another runner extending the Rams lead to 7-5.


P Akers would enter the game for the Rams in the 7th inning. He contributed two solid innings of work to set up the Rams closer, Josh McQuade.


In the bottom of the 8th, the Rams would score five more runs to extend its lead to 12-5 highlighted by T. Weaver’s two-run double.


The game two win puts the Rams at the .500 mark and sets them up for a regional qualifier for the NCCAA National Championship in Mason, Ohio. The Rams head to Kingsport, Tenn. on Monday for the AAC Tournament for their game on Tuesday.


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