WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – It was a tale of two games today as the Indiana University South Bend baseball team split a pair of games in the Sunshine State. In game one the offense slugged out 14 hits on its way to a 14-8 victory over Colby-Sawyer College of New Hampshire. In the nightcap the Titans sprayed just seven hits in a 9-4 loss to the host Warner University Royals.
Spencer McCool (FR/Anderson, Indiana) got the hit parade started in the bottom half of the first inning with a single and would later advance to third on a Kevin Phelps (JR/Portage, Michigan) single in which he tried to stretch into a double but was thrown out at second base. McCool scored the game's first run on a dropped third strike to put IU South Bend in front 1-0.
Hits continued to come for the Titans in their half of the second inning as Josh Fry (FR/Mishawaka, Indiana) and Brian Reits (JR/Kalamazoo, Michigan) led off with back-to-back singles. After a double steal, Sam Azarian (SO/Racine, Wisconsin) reached on a fielding error by the second baseman which scored Fry and Reits. Robbie Hernandez (FR/Griffith, Indiana) and Drew McDonald (FR/North Liberty, Indiana) both reached on consecutive bunt singles and would later come around to score after the Chargers pitcher made an errant throw on a Kevin Phelps single. Phelps was later thrown out at home for the final out of the inning.
In the top half of the third with the Titans leading 5-0, Colby-Sawyer managed to get to IU South Bend's starter Josh Rankert (FR/Galveston, Indiana). Rankert was responsible for allowing five runs in the third frame and would be lifted for freshman left handed pitcher, Eric Calip (FR/Bollingbrook, Illinois) who would walk the first batter he faced but induced a ground ball in the next at-bat to get out of the inning.
In the bottom half of the third IU South Bend put up another crooked number scoring five runs to once again take control of the game. McCool picked up two RBI in the inning with his second hit of the contest and Hernandez drew a bases loaded walk to bring a run in. Chris Mangus (JR/Niles, Michigan) would later get hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to plate Hernandez. After three complete inning the Titans led 10-5.
Mangus continued to drive runs in as he roped a double down the left field line in the fifth to plate two IU South Bend runs and extend their lead to 12-4. Two more runs in the sixth would wrap up the scoring for the Titans and secure a 14-8 victory over the Chargers.
Calip earned his first win of the season going 3.1 innings allowing two runs on four hits.
The offense slowed down in the second game of the day as the Titans took on Warner University. Starter Brian Doherty (JR/Algonquin, Illinois) surrendered two runs on the bottom of the first frame before being pulled from the game.
Vinny Essig (FR/Noblesville, Indiana) laced a double into the left centerfield gap to start the scoring for the Titans in the top of the second frame. A throwing error by the Royals defense plated two more runs to put IU South Bend on top by a score of 3-2 after two complete.
Warner pushed a run across in the bottom of the third inning to even the game at three but the Royals would break the tie in the bottom of the fourth inning as they scored two runs to a take a 5-3 advantage.
McCool came around to score on a double by Phelps to cut the WU deficit to one run at 5-4. The Royals put the game out of reach with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 9-4 lead. In the Titans final at-bat they got one runner aboard but couldn't put any runs up as they took a 9-4 loss to the Royals.
The Titans move to 6-5 overall on the year and will return to the diamond on Tuesday to face off with Knox College at 10:30 a.m. at Chain of Lakes Park in Winter Haven, Florida. In the nightcap IU South Bend will travel to Webber International University. First pitch scheduled for 7:00 p.m.