MADISONVILLE, TN — The Maranatha Baptist University baseball team put runners in scoring position, but left too many on base, in the first game of a pair of doubleheader losses to Hiwassee College (TN), falling 8-1 and 11-0, on Thursday afternoon, for the team’s final spring trip game.
Hiawassee’s defense, led by pitcher Chris Large, who struck out eight batters, forced Maranatha into 12 stranded batters in game one, and allowed just six hits.
The Crusaders loaded the bases in the fourth and sixth innings, with keys hits from sophomore shortstop Tim Rogers (Willmar, MN), and freshman Micah Burdett (Newnan, GA).
Rogers led off the fourth with a double, and Large walked two batters to put runners in scoring position, but Maranatha ended the inning with three straight outs, and Hiawassee scored three runs off back to back doubles and two more in the sixth.
The Crusaders jumped on the scoreboard in the seventh, after a hard-hit single by junior Caleb Rost (Greenville, S.C.), setting up Cody Borland (Oakley, CA), who scored on an errant throw by the shortstop.
Burdett finished the game 2-3 from the plate, in the designated hitter spot, while Rogers and Borland each went 1-3.
Hiwassee pounded out 11 runs off nine hits in the second game, winning 11-0. Rogers advanced to third base in the fourth inning, and Burdett followed up with his third single of the day, but the inning ended on a pop fly.
Rogers finished 1-2 in the game while Rost took the loss, pitching 3.2 innings before sophomore Mike Emery (Downington, PA) pitched relief for the rest of the fourth inning.