Baseball Ends Season at NAC Tournament
Friday, May 11, 2012
Posted by: Regents Sports Information
FOND DU LAC, Wis. – The Rockford College baseball team had
high aspirations this weekend as it prepared for the Northern Athletics
Conference Tournament. However, the
Regents knew it would be a challenge with the new six team format and the
difficult path ahead for them. Rockford
opened the tournament against the Concordia University Chicago Cougars knowing
if they lost they would have to play again right away, most likely against the
Aurora University Spartans.
The Regents and Cougars played a very competitive game back
and forth game Thursday afternoon. Rockford
got off to a fast start in the top of the first inning scoring two runs. The first three batters of the game all
recorded base hits with senior Jimmy Dercks (Kaukauna, Wis./Kaukauna) leading
off the game with a double and senior Kevin Miller (Elk Grove, Ill./Elk Grove)
driving him in two batters later. Jake
Nicholson (Stilllman Valley, Ill./Stillman Valley) made it a 2-0 lead a couple
of batters later with a single to center field.
Concordia Chicago answered right back taking advantage of a Rockford
error in the bottom of the inning and knotted the game at 2-2. The Cougars took
a 3-2 lead scoring a run in the bottom of the second inning. The Regents would mount a rally in the fourth
inning, loading the bases with one out.
Senior Curt Daughenbaugh (Dakota, Ill./Dakota) tied the game at 3-3 on
an RBI groundout. However, the Cougars
got out of the inning after intentionally walking Dercks and getting the
following batter to fly out. The
seventh inning was ultimately the difference as Concordia Chicago broke the
game open scoring three runs. The
Cougars held on to that lead winning the game 6-3.
After about an hour break, Rockford returned to the diamond
to fight for its tournament life against #1 seed Aurora University. The Regents struggled early in the game
falling behind 6-1 after four innings.
After scoring a run on two Spartan errors in the fifth inning, Rockford
had the tying run on base in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Regents had runners on second and third
when catcher Jake Gorsuch (Rockford, Ill./Jefferson) drove in his second run of
the game on an RBI groundout cutting the lead to 6-3. Following back-to-back hit batters, the
Regents had the bases loaded with two outs and a chance to put pressure on the
Spartans. However, Aurora would again
get out of a tough spot with a strikeout to end the threat. Aurora scored two runs in the following inning
and another in the top of the ninth to win the game 9-3.
Despite the early exit in the NAC Tournament, the baseball
team finished the season with a 23-17 overall record and a second place finish
in the Northern Athletics Conference.
The Regents have now finished in either first or second place in five of
the six years since joining the Northern Athletics Conference for the 2007