WATERTOWN, WI – Playing in the first of six games against IIT, in the next week, Maranatha’s baseball team lost a close 4-2 game one, and 5-0 game two, against the Scarlet Hawks, on Saturday evening.
The first runs of the game belonged to the Scarlet Hawks, who scored three in a first inning that started with a first-pitch triple. The Hawks had their second extra-base hit in the same inning on a double RBI, and the jumped out to a 3-0 lead through the next two innings.
IIT added another run in the third, but freshman pitcher Adam Courtney (Guthrie Center, IA) shut down the Hawks with four-straight scoreless innings, allowing just one hit in that span. Courtney pitched all seven innings and allowed four earned runs, while allowing seven hits and striking out five batters.
Maranatha pieced together two runs in the fifth inning, when Borland singled to open the inning, and scored on a double by freshman outfielder Micah Burdett (Newnan, GA). Senior second baseman Galen Balinski (Mountainhome, PA) followed up, on the next at-bat, with a single to score Burdett, and Maranatha trailed just 4-2 entering the sixth.
IIT’s Andrew Gustafson held the Crusaders scoreless in the next inning, and limited Maranatha to no hits while stranding two batters on base in the sixth inning to grab their 15th win of the season.
Burdett finished 2-4 in the game, and Balinski maintained his high batting average for the season, with a .438 mark.
Six different players finished with a hit apiece in game two, but the offense generated no runs against the Hawks’ pitching, advancing as far as second base on several occasions.
Burdett received the nod in game two, and finished with seven innings pitched, six hits and three earned runs.
The baseball team faces Concordia University Wisconsin on Monday, at 4:00 p.m., in a makeup game, originally scheduled for April 15.