Baseball comeback falls short vs Wheaton

Baseball comeback falls short vs Wheaton

TUCSON, Ariz. – Rams baseball returned for day two of their Spring Break trip to Tucson with a morning game versus the Wheaton Thunder. Another sunny day greeted the teams from the north and a great game of baseball unfolded. The Rams fell behind 7-0 through the 3rd inning, but the comeback attempt began after the first run scored in the fourth.

Junior Tate Andrews continued producing at the plate, going 3 for 5 with 3 RBIs and a run scored. With one out and two runners on board in the bottom of the fourth, Andrews drove in the first run of the day with a groundout to the pitcher.

North Central put four more runs on the board in consecutive innings through the seventh. Runs were scored through a bases loaded hit by pitch on Junior Cory Kukkola in the 5th and errors by the Wheaton defense in the 6th and 7th innings. Andrews singled in the seventh to score another run bringing the Rams within four with the score 9-5.

Junior Eli Valder held the Thunder batters scoreless in the next two innings to give the Rams a chance to mount a comeback. At the plate with bases loaded, Andrews singled down the 3rd baseline, forcing the 3rd baseman to make a difficult play, but the hurried throw could not beat Andrews to first. Two runs scored on the play. The final run scored came when the Thunder's shortstop sailed a throw high over third base allowing pinch runner, Junior Andrew Kemper to come home. Wheaton closed out the game with runners on first and second with a groundout to third combined with the unassisted putout at third base.

The Rams will take the day off to enjoy some time in the sun, and return to action Thursday, March 8, to take on Carthage College. First pitch is scheduled for 11:00 AM Central Standard Time at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz.