Blackburn spring sports round-up

The Blackburn College baseball team returned from their annual spring trip to the gulf south early Monday morning on a two-game winning streak. The Beavers rallied with two runs in the top of the ninth inning to defeat Tougaloo College 7-6, on Sunday afternoon in Jackson, Miss. The team finished the trip 2-4 and their overall record is now 2-5 on the season. The Bulldogs of Tougaloo scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to take a 6-5 lead into the ninth inning. For the Beavers, Jacob Conder led off with a walk before Franklin

Bush had a two-strike single to put runners on first and second. Donny Fuhrhop was then hit by a pitch then Matt Mokriakow lifted a sacrifice fly to right to score Conder and move Bush to third. After a Fuhrhop steal of second base, Dan Witkus followed with a sacrifice fly to give the Beavers the lead. Vinnie Birk closed out Tougaloo with a 1-2-3 ninth inning to give the Beavers their second consecutive victory. The day before, the Beavers scored a run in the top of the 10th inning, to defeat Tougaloo 6-5.

After blowing a 5-1 lead in the ninth inning with nobody on base and two outs then allowing the Bulldogs to tie the game at 5-5, Donny Fuhrhop led off the 10th with a single, stole second, advance to third then home on wild pitches. Cody Meyer pitched a perfect 10th to notch his first save of the season.

In previous action the Beavers lost last Saturday to Louisiana State University at Alexandria by a 9-3 score. Blackburn committed four errors and mustered just six hits in the defeat. Last Tuesday and Wednesday in New Orleans, the Beavers were swept in a three-game series against Loyola University of New Orleans. The Wolfpack defeated the Beavers 6-5, 8-2 and 11-7 in the series. Matt Mokriakow, Jacob Conder, Jon Lowry and Cody Flowers each recorded at least one multiple hit game in the series.

Softball Goes 7-2 on Spring Trip
The Blackburn College Softball Team travelled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina over spring break and came home with an impressive 7-2 record. The Beavers ripped 16 home runs over the trip with last season’s conference player of the year Briana Markel blasting six home runs and driving in 15 runs batted in.  Also highlighting the trip were two walk-off grand slam home runs to invoke the run rule. After defeating Baptist Bible College by an 11-8 score on Monday, March 9, Freshman Lauren Rhodes connected for a game ending slam to defeat Cazenovia, 12-4 and invoke the eight-run rule. Later in the week Katelin Tickner connected for another walk-off grand slam to give the Beavers an identical 12-4 victory over Mount Ida College.  On Wednesday, March 13 the Beavers split a pair of contests. Blackburn lost to Keystone College 9-4 before blasting Hilbert College by a 19-3 score. In the Hilbert contest, Markel was four for five with five runs batted in and two home runs.

On Thursday, March 14, Amber Byrley pitched Blackburn to a 6-2 victory over Emmanuel College, the Beavers then followed that up by avenging the loss to Keystone College and winning 4-0, on Friday March 15, as Rhodes pitched a four-hit shutout. The Beavers finished their competition that day with a loss to Wesley by a 10-5 margin.  Markel homered and drove in two runs for Blackburn.

For the week, Rhodes was 19 for 32 for a .594 average with four home runs and 21 RBIs while Markel was 16 for 34 for a .471 average with six home runs and 19 RBIs.