Regents Split with Cougars
Monday, May 03, 2010
Posted by: Regents Sports Information
LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Rockford College baseball team gained a very important split with the Concordia University Chicago Cougars on Sunday at Road Ranger Stadium. The Regents fell in the days opening game 9-5, but rallied to win game two 10-5. The win kept the Regents on top of the NAC standings and in good position to win their third Northern Athletics Conference regular season crown.
Both teams opened game one with two runs in the first inning, but Rockford’s offense went dormant for the next six innings. The Regents managed just four hits between the second and seventh innings. By the time the Regents bats woke up, they found themselves in a 9-2 hole, with just six outs remaining. In the eighth, Rockford took advantage of a Cougar error, when senior TJ Stanfield (Mokena, Ill./ Joliet JC) scored on a fielder’s choice by sophomore Curt Daughenbaugh (Dakota, Ill./ Dakota).
Trailing 9-3 in the ninth inning, the game seemed to be out of reach, but drama remained in the game. Rockford senior Kyle Standridge (Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North) was 0-4 from the plate and his 34 game hit streak was in jeopardy. After junior Jimmy Polster (Spring Valley, Ill./ St. Bede) was hit by a pitch, Standridge stepped to the plate but wasted no time in his fifth at bat. Standridge drilled the first pitch he saw into the right field corner for an RBI triple, continuing his nation-leading streak. Standridge would score on senior Tyler Clay’s (Sammamish, Wash./ Eastlake) single.
Rockford carried the momentum of their late inning game one rally into game two. Standridge opened the game with a hit by pitch and scored two batters later when senior Eric Nicholson (Stillman Valley, Ill./Rock Valley CC) crushed a two-run home run to left field. Nicholson was back for more in the third inning, when he deposited a 2-2 pitch over the centerfield wall for his second homer of the game, giving the Regents a 3-0 lead. The cougars tallied a run in the fourth , but the Regents immediately responded. Walks by senior designated hitter Mike Catalano (Chicago, Ill./ Notre Dame) and Daughenbaugh crossed the plate when Standridge extended hit streak to 35 games with a two-run double to left center field.
The Regents put the game out of reach in the seventh inning when Rockford sent 10 batters to the plate and plated five runs, highlighted by a two-run double by sophomore Jimmy Dercks (Kaukauna, Wis./ Kaukauna) and an RBI triple by Daughenbaugh. Kevin Patterson improved his season record to 6-2 with eight innings of eight hit ball, allowing two earned runs while striking out eight.
The Regents will close the home portion of their season on Tuesday when they host the Illinois Wesleyan University Titans at 6:00 p.m. Prior to the first pitch, the Regents will also celebrate the careers of its 12 seniors.