Blackburn baseball endures tough week

The Blackburn College baseball team had five games scheduled over the past week, with four of them resulting in losses and the fifth being a suspended game tied at 7-7. On Tuesday, April 9, the Beavers took on the University of Illinois at Springfield in a non-conference doubleheader in Carlinville. The Beavers, coming off of a tough weekend against top notch SLIAC opponents, lost the first game by a score of 9-0.

Junior shortstop Franklin Bush managed to get the lone hit for the Beavers on a sixth inning double. Kaycee Jones was tagged with the loss on the mound as he was unable to find the zone and could not get out of the first inning. A pair of Josh’s threw in relief for the Beavers with Norsigian throwing a solid 3 2/3 innings while only surrendering one earned run and three hits. Voigtlander pitched three innings and gave up four earned runs in his first appearance on the mound this year.

In game two, the Beavers saw themselves down 7-1 after six innings of play. Jacob Baalman got the start on the hill and lasted 5 1/3 innings allowing fourteen hits and six earned runs while striking out two. Blackburn started their comeback in the seventh inning when a Matt Mokriakow single plated Bush and Vinnie Birk. The Beavers put two more on the board in the eighth on a double by Jose Osorio which scored Josh Voigtlander. Osorio was driven in by a RBI single by Bush, who was caught trying to stretch the hit into a double.

With little daylight remaining, the Beavers trailed 7-5 heading into the ninth frame. With two outs and runners on second and third, Osorio was intentionally walked which brought up Aaron Moody. He legged out an infield single that made the deficit only one. Vinnie Birk then worked a walk on a full count payoff pitch to knot up the score at 7. Springfield got Luiz Velez to line out to center to push the threat of a walk off victory away.

The game was then suspended due to darkness and will be played at another date.

The past weekend brought a three-game series against conference leading Webster University. The Beavers struggled through a tough Saturday afternoon of baseball and lost 15-2. The Beavers walked six batters, hit three more and committed five errors to help the visiting Gorloks.

Webster scored in the top of the first following a hit batsmen, wild pitch followed by an RBI single put Webster up 1-0. The Gorloks blew it open in the second inning with seven runs on four hits. Webster was aided by three walks and three errors in the frame. Webster stretched the lead to 12-0 in the fourth inning before Blackburn got on the board with a Franklin Bush single, Donny Fuhrhop double, an RBI single from Mokriakow and an RBI ground-out by Aaron Moody. Caleb Schupbach took the loss to fall to 0-4 on the season.

On Sunday, the Blackburn College baseball team lost both games of a doubleheader to the Gorloks at GCS Stadium in Sauget. With the losses, Blackburn is now 6-9 in conference play while the Gorloks remain undefeated at 14-0.

In game one, a pair of left-handers took the hill. Blackburn’s Cody Unser was out-dueled as he went five innings while surrendering six earned runs with three strikeouts. He battled through a couple of defensive mishaps in the loss.

The Beavers were only able to get four hits off of Webster’s lefty Isaac Behme. They got on top in the first inning when Vinnie Birk walked, stole second, and then later came around to score on a Josh Voigtlander two out RBI single.

The Gorloks scored four runs in the bottom half of the third and held on to win by a score of 8-1.

In game two, the Beavers fell 6-4. Blackburn starter Vinnie Birk had a rough day on the hill as he had trouble finding the zone. He issued a career high four walks along with plunking three Gorloks. He battled through and only managed to surrender three earned runs over the course of four innings. Josh Norsigian and Jacob Baalman each threw two innings in relief.

With Blackburn down 4-2 in the sixth, Cody Flowers notched a two-out two-run double to knot up the scoring. Webster scored two of their own in the seventh to take the lead for good.  Blackburn will travel to St. Louis for a non-conference game against Washington University on Wednesday, April 17 with first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m. Blackburn is now 8-17 on the season.