Regents Split Final Two Games in the Metrodome
Monday, March 26, 2012
Posted by: Regents Sports Information
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Coming off of back-to-back victories the previous night, the Regents baseball team looked to continue to build momentum as it heads towards the Northern Athletics Conference portion of its season. Saturday once again saw the Regents square off in doubleheader in the Metrodome against the Concordia Moorhead Cobbers.
Game one of the doubleheader was a pitchers dual that featured excellent pitching for both the Regents and Cobbers. Sophomore right-hander Kaleb Rich (Washington, Iowa/Washington) threw his best game of the season, keeping the game close when the offense was having difficulty scoring runs. The lone run for Rockford came in the top of the third inning. Senior second baseman Ryne Billesbach (Belvidere, Ill./North) led of the inning with a double to right field. Billesbach would score two batters later on Jake Nicholson (Stillman Valley, Ill./Stillman Valley) ground-rule double to left field giving the Regents a 1-0 lead. The Cobbers would answer in the bottom half of the inning scoring an unearned run off of two infield errors. Concordia would take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning scoring another unearned run off of a throwing error. The Regents had one final opportunity and made a strong push to tie the game in the top of the seventh inning. Jimmy Dercks (Kaukauna, Wis./Kaukauna) had a one out pinch-hit single to center filed to get things started. Curt Daughenbaugh (Dakota, Ill./Dakota) followed with a pinch-hit single of his own to put runners on first and second with just one out. However, that would be where the rally would end, as the next two batters each fouled out on long fly balls down the left and right field lines to end the game.
After a tough loss in game one, the baseball team looked to rebound in game two of the doubleheader. Rockford got off two a fast start scoring 4 runs in the bottom of the first inning. Jimmy Dercks got the offense started with a leadoff single up the middle. After a Daughenbaugh walk, Daryn Streed (Belvidere, Ill./North) got the scoring started lacing an RBI double to right center field. Sophomore catcher Terry Wiltshire (Elizabeth, Ill./River Ridge) hit a sacrifice fly to that was dropped in right field scoring two runs on the play and giving the Regents a 3-0 lead. The Regents would score their final run of the inning on a Ryan Woodard (Lily Lake, Ill./Burlington) RBI single through the infield. Pitcher Zac Wolf (LaSalle, Ill./LaSalle-Peru) had the Concordia hitting baffled for most of the evening. Concordia would score its lone run and record its only hit of the game in the top of second inning. Rockford would answer in the bottom of the second scoring 2 more runs and adding to its lead. The Regents would capitalize off of two walks early in the inning allowing Daughenbaugh to single in the first run of the inning, followed by Streed doubling in the second run. Rockford would add two more runs to its lead in the 5th inning on a RBI single by Kipton Bucey (Byron, Ill./Stillman Valley) and a Daughenbaugh sacrifice fly making it an 8-1 lead. The Regents would score their final two runs of the game in the sixth inning on RBI singles by Matt Szytz (Huntley, Ill./Huntley) and Kipton Bucey. The 10-1 win improved the Regents to 3-10 on the season and 3-1 all-time against Concordia Moorhead.
For the second straight day the Regents got outstanding performances on the mound. In the opening game Kaleb Rich was the tough luck losing pitcher for Rockford. Rich threw a complete game allowing just 2 unearned runs. The sophomore allowed only 5 hits while striking out 3 batters. Rich now has 14 strike outs to just 7 walks in 17.1 innings pitched with opponents hitting just .231 against him. In the nightcap, junior Zac Wolf threw 5.1 innings of 1 hit baseball. Wolf surrendered just 1 run during his outing and struck out 4 batters. The junior lowered his team-leading ERA to 3.50. Wolf has now struck out 11 batters over 18.0 innings pitched with a .235 batting average against.
The Regents really exploded at the plate in game two after missing some key opportunities in the first game. Curt Daughenbaugh went a combined 3-4 at the plate with 2 RBI and a run scored over both games. Daughenbaugh raised batting average to .316 on the year with 5 RBI and a team leading 7 walks. Left fielder Kipton Bucey was 2-4 with a run scored and 2 RBI. Bucey has a team-high 16 hits with 7 RBI and is second on the team with a .390 batting average. Junior Daryn Streed continued his red hot hitting going 2-5 with a double, 2 RBI and a run scored. Streed is leading the team in most major statistical categories including: batting average (.410), doubles (4), hits (16), slugging percentage (.513) and on-base percentage (.467).
The Regents will open up the Northern Athletics Conference portion of their schedule on the road on Saturday, March 31st at 3:00 against the Dominican University Stars. The baseball team is 21-5 with a 9-1 NAC record against the Stars.