Sun, Apr. 22, 2012 - [Baseball]
LIMA - On the second pitch Sunday, Ben Smith saw a pitch he liked and blasted it over the fences for the University of Northwestern Ohio baseball team. And it was that kind of weekend for the Racers.
Sunday's results went 11-2 and 5-2 in favor of UNOH over Concordia University, completing the first Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference weekend sweep for the Racers. The wins also moved UNOH to 14-10 in the conference, good for fourth place.
Smith provided the fireworks for game one, but it was Kevin Cyrus who did the heavy lifting. The designated hitter went 5-for-5 with two doubles; he scored twice and drove in a run. Pichi Torres added four hits and two RBIs, and Dylan Brammer had two RBIs.
The Racers held a comfortable 6-2 lead entering the eighth inning, but a five-run burst put the game away. Cesar Loiz, Ben Schubert, Fabian Placencia, Smith and Cyrus all scored in the inning.
Juan Espinosa went to 5-1 with the win. The sophomore right-hander threw eight strong innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits and one walk with five strikeouts. Tyler Eaton pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up one hit and striking out a batter.
In between games, the Racers honored the five senior members on the roster - infielder/pitcher Dylan Brammer, and pitchers Austin Park, Zachary Petrick, Ben Ehgoetz and Adam Ashman.
The Racers (29-18 overall) completed the sweep with a complete game performance by junior right-hander Rob Wilson in the second game. Wilson gave up hit hits and three walks in seven innings, allowing two runs, both earned, with four strikeouts.
The UNOH offense had just three hits - from Schubert, Cyrus and Torres - but they benefitted from two Concordia (20-27, 9-15 WHAC) errors. The Racers put up four runs in the first inning; Cyrus drove in Smith with a single, Torres plated Cyrus and Schubert with a double to left center field, and Torres scored when Jordan Crowell reached on a two-out error by the first baseman.
The Racers next travel to the University of Toledo for a matchup with the NCAA Division I Rockets at 3 p.m. Tuesday. They wrap up WHAC play with a two doubleheaders next weekend at Madonna University. Sitting in fourth place, the Racers are currently in to the five-team WHAC playoffs, which begin April 30.