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02.16.14 | M Baseball

RSU Sweeps Baker to Open the 2014

CLAREMORE, Okla. – The Baker University baseball team opened up its 2014 season at NCAA Division II Rogers State and fell to the Hillcats in each of the four-game series to fall to 0-4 in the young season.

Three of the Wildcats losses were by two runs or less, as they fell 5-3 in game one, 12-2 in game two, 7-6 in game three and 1-0 in the final game.

In the first game, Baker went up 3-0 entering the bottom of the second inning, but RSU tied things up with three runs in the bottom of the third off of starter Jimmy Gricol.

The senior finished the game throwing five innings with just three earned runs and seven strikeouts.

Baker had four hits in game one with Neal Boyce, Brett Lechien, Ethan Jacks and Ryan Terstriep all registering a hit. Jacks was the only Wildcat to knock in a run.

In game two, starter Thomas Hawkins stuggled, going just 2.1 innings and gave up seven earned runs. RSU scored one run in the bottom of the second and eight in the third.

Baker did have nine hits offensively with Lechien and Josh Zach each leading the way with two apiece.

In the third game, Baker was on its way to its first win of the season, as they entered the bottom of the seventh inning with a 6-4 lead, but RSU was able to score three runs in the bottom of the seventh for a walk-off win.

Kyle Pattrick gave up two earned runs in the seventh and Justin Bye earned the loss giving up the final run.

Junior Taylor Whittum had a big game three with a perfect 3-for-3 day at the plate and Cort Brennan along with Ethan Jacks had two hits each. As a team, Baker had 10 hits against the Hillcats.

In the final game of the series, starting pitcher Ryan Lasneske was lights out on the mound, throwing seven innings and allowed no earned runs and struck out four batters. But that wasn't enough, as the Wildcats were shutout by RSU's Mason Marquette who threw all nine innings and struck out six batters and allowed just two hits.

The only two Wildcats with a hit off of Marquette were Boyce and Jacks. The Wildcats will next take on Wiley College down in Marshall, Texas, Feb. 21-22.

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