TUCSON, Ariz. – After a day off, NCU baseball returned to the field in Arizona, with perfect weather, for a doubleheader versus Carthage College. The Rams kept within striking distance all day, but could not break through against a tough pair of pitchers for the Carthage Red Men, losing each game by the score of 7-2, and 6-0.
Game 1: North Central took the lead in the top of the first, when a Carthage throwing error allowed the Rams to bring home a run, and carried the lead into the 2nd inning 1-0. The Red Men took the lead in the second and did not relinquish it. The Rams batters managed six hits off a quality pitching outing from Carthage's starter. Making his first start of the season Sophomore Jonathon Kutzke, allowed nine hits and five earned runs, facing 27 batters.
Game 2: NCU faced another tough Carthage starter on the mound. The Rams earned five hits, but could not find the right opportunity to get a run on the board. Sophomore Blazsen Ferreira went 2 for 3 at the plate with a double. Freshman Justin Torres made his first collegiate start on the mound for the Rams and earned his first three strikeouts, facing 36 batters.
The Rams will compete on their last day of the Arizona Spring trip tomorrow, Friday March 9, with a doubleheader against Wabash College. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 PM Central Standard Time at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz.