Baseball Splits Allegheny in NCAC Opener
Jake Chrisman ’20 STAFF WRITER • This past weekend, the Little Giants (14-5, 1-1 NCAC) baseball team kicked off conference play with a double header against the Allegheny College Gators on Saturday. After a 5-0 rout of the Gators in game one, the Little Giants dropped game two to split the double header.
“We are playing really well right now,” Bryan Roberts ’18 said. “We are playing really good defense and were hitting the ball well.”
In game one, the Little Giants jumped out to an early lead in the second inning when Canton Terry ’21 and Andrew Jumonville ’21 scored on a single by Jared Wolfe ’19. Sean Roginski ’19 then knocked in Eric Chavez ’19 to increase the lead. The Little Giants added on to their lead in the next inning with
a single off the bat of Jumonville, scoring Matthew Annee ’21. The final run came for the Little Giants in the fourth inning when Roginski singled, scoring Tyler Downing ’18. On the mound, Roberts continued his impressive senior season with a three hit complete game shutout. In nine innings, Roberts recorded five strikeouts to improve to 5-0.
“It’s fun going out there and playing,” Roberts said. “I haven’t thought to much about my success so far. I just want to do what I can for the team and help them win.”
In game two, the Gators struck first with four runs in the first. Wabash responded with three of their own of the bats of Bryce Aldridge ’19, Annee, and Jumonville. The Gators then tacked on three more in the second inning to take a 7-3 lead. Allegheny added an eighth run in the fifth inning, but Wabash rallied with four in the bottom half of the inning to decrease the gap to one run, 7-8. Roginski, Jackson Blevins ’20, all recorded RBIs in the inning.
The Gators added another in the seventh. Wabash answered with one in the eighth inning off Chavez’s bat, but was unable to rally to tie the game in the ninth inning.
“I think we played well this past weekend, but we could have done better,” Erich Lange ’19 said. “We had a couple of rough innings in the second game. That is not something we are too worried about and it is a good sign that we were upset about not winning both games. This competitive edge is something we need to keep moving forward.”
Defensively, Cody Cochran ’18 started on the mound, but was unable to make it through the first inning. Kevin O’Donnell ’19, Lange, Kurt Lange ’21, Tyler Cooper ’21, and Zach Moffett ’20 all came out of the bull pen to combine for 8 1/3 innings. Kurt and Moffett recorded three strikeouts each. Cochran received the loss, dropping to 4-1.
After inclement weather postponed Wednesday’s games against Wittenberg University, the Little Giants take the field again tomorrow against Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. “Our mentality is to take one game at a time and break down an entire season into just one at a time,” Lange said. “We approach each game as if we are 0-0. Each game before and after does not matter to us, just the one that we are playing. Our goal Saturday is to go 1-0 twice.” The first half of the double header at noon, with the second game scheduled for 3 p.m.