Blackburn baseball goes 2-2 over weekend

The Blackburn College baseball team split their four St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games over last weekend. On Saturday, April 6, the Beavers travelled to take on the Griffins of Fontbonne University. The Griffins used a four-run second inning to propel them to a 7-1 victory in game one of the doubleheader.

Cody Flowers was three for three while Donny Fuhrhop and Franklin Bush had two hits apiece. Dan Witkus took the loss on the mound for Blackburn dropping him to 1-1 on the season. Fuhrhop scored the Beavers lone run on an rbi single by Cody Unser. In game two, the Beavers rallied in the eighth and ninth innings to pull out an 8-5 come from behind victory.  Fontbonne took a 5-3 lead into the eighth before Cody Unser drilled a two-strike, two-run double to right field scoring Fuhrhop and Bush to tie the game. In the ninth after one out, Flowers was hit by a pitch then Aaron Moody doubled to left center scoring Flowers before the shortstop’s throw went into the dugout scoring Moody from second base. Matt Mokriakow added an rbi single to push the Blackburn lead to three. Vinnie Birk closed out the Griffins with a five pitch ninth inning to notch his first save, while the win went to Kaycee Jones who pitched two innings of relief off starter Caleb Schupbach.

On Sunday, the Beavers hosted Spalding University in a make-up contest. The Beavers used some more late inning heroics to pull out a 7-5 come from behind victory.  Blackburn trailed 4-3 in the ninth inning before Unser led off with a single then Flowers doubled to put runners on second and third with nobody out. Cody Meyer then doubled to the deep left center field to score the pair and give the Beavers a 5-4 lead. In the bottom of the ninth the Golden Eagles tied the game and then loaded the bases with one out before a 1-2-3 double play ended the inning. In the tenth inning, Bush singled and Fuhrhop bunted him to second base. Mokriakow singled putting runners on the corners before a walk to Unser loaded the bases. Then with two outs Meyer delivered a two-run single to give Blackburn a 7-5 lead. Birk got the win on the mound in relief of Unser to move to 3-1 on the year.

The Beavers then took on Fontbonne University again to finish the three-game conference series and despite rapping out 16 hits, the Beavers dropped a 9-3 decision to the Griffins. After falling behind 3-1, the Beavers scored single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to tie the game at 3-3.  Fontbonne broke through with a five-run eighth inning to move to give them the victory.  After the weekend the Beavers stand at 8-13 overall and 6-6 in the SLIAC and will next take on Webster University with a single game on Saturday in Carlinville beginning at 12 noon before travelling to Sauget, Illinois to finish the series at GCS Stadium.

Beaver Notes:
•Donny Fuhrhop is third in the  SLIAC with a .412 batting average
•Dan Witkus leads the Beavers with a 2.85 earned run average
•Jose Osorio has been hit a team high ten times
•Blackburn will host the University of Illinois at Springfield on Tuesday, April 9, which will be the first contests against an NCAA Division II team in over 14 years