CHICAGO, Ill. – For the seniors on the baseball team, Tuesday put the icing on the cake for the past four years, with a single nine-inning game played at U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Major League’s Chicago White Sox. The team lost 6-0 to the Illinois Institute of Technology, but kept it close through a majority of the game.
Maranatha nearly scored in the first inning when three straight batters were walked, loading the bases for sophomore Cody Borland (Oakley, Ca.), who flew out to center field for the last out.
Funkhouser, who pitched 1.1 innings, held IIT to a 1-0 lead after the first, with the lead increasing to 4-0 after the third.
IIT would not score again until the seventh inning, thanks to a Maranatha pitching staff that left two runners on base in both the fifth and sixth innings.
Maranatha also left two runners on twice, in the fourth and fifth, and 11 during the game, combining for six hits compared to IIT’s 11.
“The guys played hard, and it was a fun experience for them. We got hits, but left too many runners on base,” stated Garrison.
Second baseman Galen Balinski (Mountainhome, Pa.) went 2-2 while Shelp and sophomore Caleb Rost (Greenville, S.C.) went 1-2 apiece.
The Crusader pitching staff rotated out six different players, combining for six strikeouts.
Tuesday’s game also marked at least the second time that the baseball team has played at a major league stadium, having played at the Metrodome five years ago.