Baseball sweeps Eureka to remain in post-season hunt
The Beavers improved to 11-9 in St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play. Thanks to having an infield tarp, games were able to proceed, even with the recent rain which left the outfield a swamp.
The Beavers took game one from the Red Devils by pulling out to an early lead in the first inning when Donny Fuhrhop roped home two runs. Blackburn manufactured another one in the second on a Dan Witkus RBI groundout. The Red Devils brought the score within one in the top of the fourth, but the Beavers got those runs right back in the bottom half of the frame. Blackburn scored two more in the fifth to put the game away.
Jacob Baalman (2-1) pounded the zone on the mound by issuing no walks and punching out three hitters. He surrendered seven hits and two earned runs in the game. Josh Voigtlander had an impressive game by going 3-3 with 4 stolen bases. The Beavers totaled ten stolen bases in the game. Fuhrhop also collected two hits at the dish.
In game two, starting pitcher Cody Meyer tossed a shutout gem for his first victory of the year. He struck out six while only walking one, allowing seven hits in the game.
Blackburn strung runs together in each of the first four innings while putting up a six spot in the fourth highlighted by a Fuhrhop two-run home run to right. The score was out of reach after the fourth inning with a score of 10-0. That would be all the scoring Meyer needed as the game was completed in seven innings.
Cody Flowers, Fuhrhop, and Jose Osorio all had two hits in the game with Fuhrhop driving in three while Osorio plated four. Vinnie Birk led the team with three hits in the contest.
The Beavers were rained out of their SLIAC series at Westminster which will be made up this week. Blackburn plays Westminster in a doubleheader in Fulton, Mo. Tuesday, April 30, a single contest at Eureka May 1 and finishes the series with Westminster on Saturday with a 2 p.m. single game. Senior day kicks off Sunday, May 5 by hosting Millikin University in an 11 a.m. doubleheader.