SOUTH BEND, Ind. – A weekend off from Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference action for the Indiana University South Bend baseball team was no easy task as they lost consecutive doubleheaders to Rochester College on Friday night and Cleary University on Saturday afternoon.
On Friday night, the Titans dropped two close games to the visiting Warriors of Rochester College by scores of 6-3 and 6-4.
IU South Bend didn't get on the board until the bottom of the fifth inning. Josh Fry (FR/Mishawaka, Indiana) and Jalon Linville (JR/Louisville, Kentucky) got the rally going with back-to-back singles and would later move up on a sacrifice bunt from Vinny Essig (FR/Noblesville, Indiana). Spencer McCool (FR/Anderson, Indiana) fouled a ball down the right field line that was deep enough to score courtesy runner Robbie Hernandez (FR/Griffith, Indiana) to cut the Warrior lead to 3-1.
After a scoreless sixth inning, IU South Bend starter Jacob Kwisz (FR/Knightstown, Indiana) was lifted for Josh Rankert (FR/Galveston, Indiana). A throwing error from the Titans extended the inning and allowed Rochester to put up three runs to extend its lead to 6-1 with the Titans' final at-bat coming in the bottom half of the inning.
With two outs in the last frame, the Titans were able to get their offense going but it was too little too late as the Warriors' Mike Berlin was able to slam the door shut on the Titans after they pushed two runs across to make the final 6-3.
In the nightcap it was a big sixth inning from the Warriors that propelled them to the 6-4 win and a sweep of the day. The Titans defense committed two errors to extend the inning.
On Saturday the Titans welcomed Cleary University to South Bend for their second straight non-conference contest.
Four IU South Bend pitchers issued 12 walks to the visiting Cougars in an 11-3 loss. After spotting Cleary seven runs that all came in the third and fourth innings, the Titans came back with three of their own in the bottom half of the fourth to cut the lead to four runs.
However, in the top half of the sixth inning walks combined with a defensive mishap allowed CU to push four more runs across to extend its lead to 11-3 with two at-bats left for the Titans.
The Titans were not able to overcome the deficit on their way to their third consecutive loss.
In game two it was one inning that cost the Titans and that was the top of the sixth when Cleary plated four runs to make it 7-1. Once again late in the game the IU South Bend offense strung some hits together but it wouldn't be enough to avoid the two-game sweep and fourth straight defeat.
On Wednesday the Titans will pick-up CCAC action as they travel to Robert Morris University Illinois for a doubleheader beginning at 6:00 p.m. EDT.