Baseball Takes Two with Strong Pitching and Timely Hitting
Monday, March 26, 2012
Posted by: Regents Sports Information
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – After going nearly two weeks without playing a game, the Rockford College baseball team traveled up to the Metrodome to play a four game series against the Cobbers of Concordia Moorhead College this past weekend. The Regents got off to a fast start in game one of the series putting 2 runs on the board in the bottom of the first inning. Senior shortstop Jimmy Dercks (Kaukauna, Wis./Kaukauna) laced the second pitch of the game into right center field for a leadoff triple. One batter later, left fielder Kipton Bucey (Byron, Ill./Stillman Valley) roped an RBI double to left center scoring Dercks and giving Rockford a 1-0 lead. After stealing third base, Bucey would score on an RBI groundout by third baseman Kevin Miller (Elk Grove, Ill./Elk Grove). Rockford would tack on two more runs in the fourth inning to increase its lead to 4-0. The Regents scored the first run on a fielder’s choice hit by center fielder Curt Daughenbaugh (Dakota, Ill./Dakota) and the second on a throwing error by the Cobbers. The first win of the year for the Regents would not come easy as Concordia would score two runs in the top of the fifth make it 4-2 game. However, the Cobbers would not get any closer as senior pitcher Jake Nicholson (Stillman Valley, Ill./Stillman Valley) would retire six of the next nine batters to secure the 4-2 victory.
Game two of the doubleheader had a completely different feel to it. Rockford got off to a slow start giving up 5 runs and falling behind 5-1 after just 3 innings of play. Kipton Bucey and Kevin Miller would get things started offensively in the fourth inning with a leadoff single followed by a walk. Pitcher Daryn Streed (Belvidere, Ill./North) would keep the momentum going with an RBI single down the right field line to score Bucey and advance Miller to third. Rockford would add another run in the inning on a double play ball making it a 5-3 game. The Regents were not done yet, as they would pick up in the 6th inning right where they left off in the 5th inning: the first four batters of the inning reached base safely culminating with an RBI walk by Dercks. Bucey would tie the game one batter later with a sacrifice fly to left field. After an error by the third baseman, Rockford would take its first lead of the game off a Streed RBI single into right field. Nicholson would then make it a 7-5 game with a sacrifice fly to right field. In the bottom of the sixth the Cobbers would take advantage of three Rockford errors to tie the game at 7-7. The next three innings were dominated by the pitchers for both teams as neither team was able to break the tie. The tenth inning would be a different story: after a leadoff walk, an error and sacrifice bunt the Regents were in prime position to retake the lead with runners on second and third with just one out. Senior Jake Nicholson had perhaps the biggest hit of the night when he drove the ball over the center fielder’s head for a dramatic 3-run inside the park home run putting Rockford up 10-7 heading to the bottom of the 10th inning. Daryn Streed would retire the Cobbers in order on just 6 pitches to sweep the doubleheader.
Those fans that stayed for both of Friday’s games that spilled over into early hours of Saturday morning were treated to outstanding pitching performances by Regents pitching staff. Jake Nicholson threw Rockford’s first complete game of the 2012 season in game 1 of the doubleheader. Nicholson gave up 2 runs, only 1 of which was earned, on 6 hits with 4 strikeouts to lead Rockford to its first win of the season. Game 2 saw junior Daryn Streed enter the game in relief and stifle the Cobbers over his 6.2 innings of work. Streed kept the hitters off balance all evening surrendering 2 unearned runs off of just 2 hits while striking out 3. The junior retired 12 of the final 14 batters he faced including 5 straight to end the game.
The pitching staff was helped out by the Regents offense that scored 14 runs on 23 hits to help earn the sweep. Rockford was led at the plate by junior transfer Daryn Streed. Streed went a combined 5-8 on the day with a double and 3 RBI. Left fielder Kipton Bucey went 3-6 with a double, 4 runs scored and 2 RBI. Bucey also stole a base and recorded 2 sacrifices during the doubleheader. Senior center fielder Curt Daughenbaugh was 4-7 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Senior shortstop Jimmy Dercks went 3-8 with an RBI, scored 2 runs, and hit a leadoff triple to start game 1. Sophomore catcher Terry Wiltshire (Elizabeth, Ill./River Ridge) was 2-3 and was excellent behind the plate for Rockford in the opening game of the series.
Rockford improved its all-time record against Concordia Moorhead to 2-0, as Friday’s games in the Metrodome were the first ever meetings between the two Colleges.