WATERTOWN, Wis. – The Crusader baseball team stuck with the MSOE Raiders for eight innings in a 12-1 game loss, and succumbed 12-0 in game two on Monday evening, for the team’s last home game of the season.
After a scoreless first, MSOE notched a run in the second and three over the next two innings for a 4-0 lead to open game one.
But the ‘Sader defense, led by senior pitcher Derek Funkhouser (Paris, Ill.), held the Raiders to just three hits and no runs through the eighth inning.
The offense, scored a run in the sixth inning, when seniors Garett Ordway (Pensacola, Fla.) and Tim Shelp (Independence, Mo.) singled, with both advancing a base on a wild pitch.
Funkhouser cut the deficit to 4-1 when his sacrifice RBI scored Ordway, and the inning ended on a fly out to right field.
The Raiders, meanwhile, outlasted Maranatha with eight runs on five hits in the ninth inning to seal the win.
Funkhouser pitched 8.1 innings, allowing 12 hits and 12 earned runs while striking out five.
Ordway, Shelp and sophomore outfielder Cody Borland (Oakley, Ca.) each went 2-4 in the game.
In game two, Maranatha could not capitalize on several scoring opportunities, including a fifth inning in which freshman shortstop Timothy Rogers (Willmar, Minn.) reached third before a strikeout to Borland ended the inning.
Rogers finished the game 2-3 while sophomore pitcher Caleb Rost (Greenville, S.C.) also went 2-3, and the team finished with six hits.
Rost also pitched six innings, allowing eight hits, eight runs, six unearned and striking out two.
Maranatha waits until Saturday, May 4 to face Wisconsin Lutheran in Milwaukee, Wis. at 12:00 p.m.