Regents Baseball Completes 5-1 Week
Monday, April 12, 2010
Posted by: Regents Sports Information
LOVES PARK, Ill. – It has been an up and down season thus far for the Rockford College baseball team. The team returned from their annual spring trip to Arizona with a sparkling 5-1 record, then proceeded to lose five of their next six games. Five consecutive victories and a run of six wins in seven games may have put the Regents back on the correct path.
Last week, the Regents averaged 13.5 runs per game in defeating Marian University
(8-3), Elmhurst College (18-1), sweeping Wisconsin Lutheran College (24-8 and 13-4), and splitting games at Edgewood College (lost 10-4 and won 14-3).
In the Elmhurst victory, Rockford’s offense was key, pounding out 17 hits. In total, 10 players recorded hits and 11 crossed the plate, while four people recorded three runs batted in. Senior Travis Mohr (Bryant, Iowa/ Northeast) picked up his second win of the season, allowing just one earned run over six innings.
The inconsistency reared its ugly head early in game one against Wisconsin Lutheran before the solid pitching and defense returned. After allowing four runs in the top of the third inning and trailing 8-6, Rockford rebounded with eight runs in the bottom half of the stanza, highlighted by back-to-back jacks by seniors Eric Nicholson (Stillman Valley, Ill./ Stillman Valley) and TJ Stanfield (Mokena, Ill./ Joliet JC). Rockford wasn’t done though as they tallied another 10 runs in the bottom of the fifth to put the game out of reach. Ben Korth (Freeport, Ill./ Orangeville) notched the win with 3.1 scoreless innings of relief.
The offense continued in the second game as the Regents plated 10 runs before a Warrior player reached third base. The fire power came not only from the top of the line-up but also the bottom. Seniors Kyle Standridge (Carol stream, Ill./ Glenbard North) and Tyler Clay (Sammamish, Wash./Eastlake), Rockford’s one and two hitters, in combination with junior Jimmy Polster (Spring Valley, Ill./ St. Bede), the Regents’ nine hitter, went 10-14 with three RBI’s and nine runs scored. Alan Jankowski (Des Plaines, Ill./ Maine West) won his first game of the season allowing two runs over 5.2 innings pitched.
In the first game against Edgewood, both teams battled in the game most would expect from two of the NAC’s best teams. By the middle of the seventh inning, the score was tied at four, but six Edgewood run in the bottom of the 7th proved to be too much for Rockford.
Things seemed to get back to normal in the second game of the doubleheader. After allowing three early runs, senior Matt Bates (Brisbane, AU/ St. Thomas More) shut down the Eagles offense for the complete game win. Only two Eagles reached second base in the game’s final six innings. Offensively, the Regents took advantage of six Edgewood walks and 14 singles in the 14-3 win. The normally power hitting Regents line-up had just one extra base hit in the win.
The Regents will embark on another heavy week, including five conference games, beginning with a Tuesday evening visit from CCIW power North Park University. The nonconference tilt is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Road Ranger Stadium.