WATERTOWN, Wis. – The baseball team stuck with the Aurora Spartans for six innings in game one, losing 16-5 while taking a 28-0 loss in game two on Saturday evening.
Aurora struck first with four runs on five hits, but Maranatha put together a nice inning of their own in the bottom of the first with three runs on three hits.
Freshman Timothy Rogers (Willmar, Minn.) singled and stole second while senior third baseman Garett Ordway (Pensacola, Fla.) walked.
Shelp followed up Ordway with a double RBI down the right field line that scored Rogers then was brought home by sophomore outfielder Cody Borland’s (Oakley, Ca.) RBI single.
Borland held the Spartans to just one run over the next two innings before Aurora posted two more runs in the fourth for a 7-3 lead, but Maranatha came back with a run in the bottom of the sixth.
Borland once again came through with a big hit, this time a double, to score sophomore catcher Ethan Hokanson (Abilene, Kans.).
The Crusaders scored once more in the bottom of the seventh when a single RBI by Shelp scored Rogers, but could not recover from a five-run seventh inning by the Spartans.
The team finished with seven hits against the #3 team in the conference as Rogers and Shelp each went 2-4 and Borland finished 2-3 with two RBI’s.
Borland pitched seven innings in the loss, striking out two while allowing 12 earned runs.
The Spartans controlled game two from start to finish with 23 hits in seven innings while holding the Crusaders to one hit.
Sophomore pitcher Caleb Rost (Greenville, S.C.) pitched less than one inning for the loss while four pitchers filled in for relief.
Maranatha looks for its first conference win against MSOE on Monday at 3:00 p.m. in Watertown at Washington Park.