STRIKING OUT THE COMPETITION
JAKE CHRISMAN ‘20 | STAFF WRITER • Last week, the Little Giants baseball team (11-3) swept a double header at Hanover College and split their first home double header of the season with Manchester University (7-7). Bryan Roberts ’18 succeeded Jackson Blevins ’20 as NCAC Player of the Week with his performance on the mound. “Anytime you can take 3/4 in a weekend that is a positive, and we aren’t even playing our best baseball yet,” Jordan Hansen ’18 said. ”We still have much more to improve on before conference play, which is very exciting.”
On Sunday, the Little Giants won their first game at Hanover by a score of 8-3. At the plate, the Little Giants scored runs in the second, sixth, seventh, and eighth innings before exploding for four runs in the top of the ninth. Sean Roginski ’19 went 2-4 in game one with a pair of doubles and plating a run. Bryce Aldridge ’19 and Matthew Annee ’21 also plated runs in the Little Giant victory. Cameron Martin ’21 plated two runs on Saturday as well. Roberts went eight full innings with ten strikeouts, allowing only three runs. Zach Moffett ’20 closed out his first of many games for the Little Giants.
In game two, the Little Giant defense took over in a 3-1 win. Jared Wolfe ’19, Roginski, and Blevins all recorded RBIs in the win. Wolfe singled in the first driv- ing in the first run. Blevins fol- lowed with a single in the sixth inning to give the Little Giants the lead. Roginski added a little cush- ion with a run scoring single in the ninth inning. On the mound, Cody Cochran ’18 threw seven innings, allowing only one run and strik- ing out three. Ryan Thomas ’19 and Kevin O’Donnell ’19 worked together in the eighth and Moffett recorded his second save of the season, striking out three Hanover players in order in the ninth. “I think we are off to a good start, but we still have a lot of areas that we need to improve on,” Wolfe said. “It’s definitely fun to be win- ning games and learning at the same time.”
The Little Giants had trouble getting started in the first half of their double header this past Monday. The Little Giants only put up two runs on ten hits in the 9-2 loss to Manchester. Platting the runs for the Little Giants was Blevins and Andrew Jumonville ’21. On the mound, Kurt Lange ’21 took the loss, but Kase Lawson ’21 and Eric Murphy ’20 threw as well.
The Little Giants were able to rally in game two to claim a 10-5 win. Wolfe, Roginski, Annee, Jumonville, Eric Chavez ’19, and Joe House ’19 had RBIs in the Wabash win. Wabash sealed the game after a seven run seventh inning. On the bump, Sean Smith ‘21 started the game, going six innings giving up three runs. Thomas got the win throwing the seventh inning. O’Donnell threw the eighth and Moffett closed out the game in the ninth. “Both Hanover and Manchester taught us that we can still be better and that we need to continue to pick away at some things,” Hansen said.
The Little Giants return to action today at home. “We have a good attitude as we look forward,” Wolfe said. “We are headed in the right direction as we approach confer- ence play. There is a lot of good competition in our conference and we are looking forward to taking that on and keep winning ball games.” Due to inclement weather, the games are moved to Indianapolis on Friday. First pitch is at 5:30 p.m. with the rest being played depending on the weather.