For the second weekend in a row, the John Carroll University men’s baseball team went on the road and came home with a split.
This time, the Blue Streaks fell victim to host Baldwin-Wallace College in the opener, 13-5, and then came back with a 7-4 victory in the nightcap.
In game one, JCU quickly fell behind 3-0. However, they wouldn’t go away and put three runs on the board in the top of the fourth inning to tie the game at three.
The game didn’t remain deadlocked for long as the Yellow Jackets answered the Blue Streaks’ fourth inning with a seven-run fourth of their own.
Insurance runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth put the game well out of reach.
In game two, JCU again found themselves in an early 1-0 hole. They responded in the top of the second by manufacturing a run. Freshman Tom Hickey singled to start off the inning, and then came around after some small ball, finally being driven in on a sacrifice fly from junior Bryan Robinett.
A two-run single by sophomore third baseman Brian Benander gave JCU a two-run lead and breathing room for sophomore pitcher Tom Schaberl. Benander and Schaberl have been teammates from grade school through college.
Schaberl held the Yellow Jackets in check all night, allowing just two hits. Officially, he gave up three runs, but two of them came in the ninth inning before he handed the ball over to freshman Adam Jenkins to shut the door.
Schaberl, who didn’t record an out in the ninth inning, finished with eight strong innings and struck out a career-high nine batters, while allowing just three runs. With the win, he improved to 2-0.
Not to be lost in Schaberl’s great performance was an outstanding offensive show by senior Michael Krainz, another high school teammate of Schaberl’s. Krainz had five singles in the game.
He tied a JCU record for hits in a game and, because all of his hits were singles, became the first Blue Streak in school history to have five singles in a game.