After dropping two critical non-conference games to Marietta College on Saturday, April 26, the John Carroll University Baseball team looked to bounce back against Denison University Big Red.
Since the season began in Florida for the Blue Streaks there have been two things missing: nice weather and seven inning games. In a two-game series against the Big Red, JCU finally got back to seven-inning play in the beautiful spring weather.
Traveling to Granville, Ohio, the Blue and Gold split the two-game series against Denison, improving to 19-14 on the season.
The first innings featured two runs for the Blue and Gold scoring in sloppy ways.
Using an RBI groundout from senior Jimmy Spagna, junior Bobby Sabatino scored after leading off with a single. JCU scored again after a Big Red error.
Sabatino then started off a four run rally with a single. Scoring four runs in the third, the Blue and Gold held a five-run lead against the Big Red pitching staff that was on short rest and helped junior ace Andrew Doring go the distance.
Doring allowed six hits and only one earned run in a complete game. The junior retired seven batters while only allowing one walk in 29 hitters faced. Doring also hit his spots well, throwing 99 strikes to 70 balls.
“I felt great,” Doring said. “My ankle was feeling good and I knew all I had to do was throw strikes and let the guys behind me do what they do best, and that’s getting outs.”
Six Blue Streaks had RBIs in the 8-1 win for the Blue and Gold.
The second game for the Blue and Gold featured three different pitchers in short work. Only allowing six hits in the game, Denison drew five walks to score three runs that was the difference. Scoring three runs and holding the Blue and Gold to a scoreless four hit game, the Big Red split with the Blue Streaks.
Spagna started on the bump for the Blue and Gold, only seeing 1 1-3 innings of work. Junior Anthony Libertini and freshman Mark Materise both saw two innings of their own. Between the three pitchers, six hits were given up to a total 30 hitters faced.
The trio failed to record a strikeout while Spagna walked the five Big Red hitters.
Denison also saw a trio of pitchers, with Kyle Colgain leading the way. In five innings of work, Colgain only allowed two hits and retired four batters against the Blue and Gold. Silencing the Blue Streaks bats quite was a key to the 3-0 win.
In the seventh inning, the Blue and Gold showed signs of life on the basepaths after seeing the first hit since the third inning. After junior Mark Huddle lead off the final frame with a single and sophomore Robby Cifelli beat out an infield single, the Blue and Gold had the tying run at the plate.
Big Red closer Ryan Mulligan saved the game, striking out senior Mitchell Herringshaw with two outs.
Denison split with the Blue and Gold, winning the second game 3-0.
Editor’s Note: The Blue Streaks faced off with Muskingum University for a double header at Schweickert Field on Wednesday, May 3. Head to jcusports.com for a box score and full game recap.