After winning three out of their last five games, things are looking up for the John Carroll University baseball team. The men of the diamond have run their record to 14-8 overall on the season.
After dropping the first game of the conference opening doubleheader to Otterbein College, the Blue Streaks bounced back, scoring 33 runs in their next three games.
Four of those runs came in the second game of the doubleheader against the Cardinals, when JCU squeaked out a 4-3 victory over Otterbein in 12 innings.
Two-thirds came in their next contest as the bats seemed to awaken. The Blue Streaks crossed home plate 22 times against Notre Dame College, edging their neighborhood rival by a final score of 22-20.
It wasn’t just the batting that was such a key role in the two wins but the pitching was there for the Blue Streaks. With a solid performance against Otterbein, junior Michael Eden was chosen as the Ohio Athletic Conference pitcher of the week.
“In a conference with a lot of great pitchers, I’m glad to be recognized for having a few good innings,” Eden said. “The team did the work, I just popped a few fastballs the best I could.”
Next up was a seven-run outburst over The College of Wooster, but they were an important seven runs as they were enough to knock of the No. 4 team in the country, 7-6 on April 7.
Four of those runs came in the top half of the ninth as the Blue Streaks came from behind to stun one of the top teams in the country.
Three singles in the inning by junior John Hastings, senior Tim O’Brien and junior Chris Larry drove in one run to cut the Scot lead to two runs after Hastings scored on the Larry single.
A three-run blast by freshman Ryan Pacyga put the Blue Streaks ahead for good as senior pitcher Chris Koller shut the door in the ninth.
The team had little time to celebrate as a doubleheader with Baldwin-Wallace College was on the horizon.
The teams split, with the Blue Streaks coming from behind to win the second game. JCU trailed 7-1 in the early going, then scored in each of the last five innings to snatch the victory.
Two homers each from seniors O’Brien and Bryan Robinett helped the cause.
Eden was again clicking on the mound as he came out in the ninth and held the one-run lead to pick up his third win of the season.
Robinett finished the second game three for five at the plate with two homers, a double and three RBIs.
“For me, homeruns are just a stat,” Robinett said. “I was more happy to be able to contribute in a big way to help rally our team and pick up the win.”
Editor’s Note: Conference play continued yesterday against Muskingum, but results were unavailable before this edition went to press.