DEERFIELD, Ill. – Starting pitching woes cost the Indiana University South Bend baseball team two games on Wednesday as the Titans fell 14-5 and 15-7 to Trinity International University in a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader. The IU South Bend starters combined to give up 14 runs and 12 hits in just three innings.
Titans starting pitcher Ryan Novak (JR/New Lenox, Illinois) had a tough time retiring TIU batters in the bottom half of the first inning as he surrendered six runs on five hits to put IU South Bend in an early 6-0 hole. Brian Reits (JR/Kalamazoo, Michigan) led off the top of the second frame with a double down the right line and later advanced to third on a wild pitch from TIU starter. Jordan Hinton (SR/Elkhart, Indiana) plated Reits for the Titans first run of the game with a single up the middle. Damon DeJesus (JR/Fort Wayne, Indiana) blasted his first home run of the year over the left field wall to make it a 6-3 game.
Austin Pickett (FR/Gunnison, Utah) came on in relief in the bottom of the second inning and retired the Trojans in order. In the bottom of the third inning the Trojans hitters got to Pickett, tagging him for three runs on three hits to take a 9-3 advantage. TIU plated five more runs in the fourth frame to put the game out of reach.
Down to their final three outs in the seventh inning Josh Fry (FR/Mishawaka, Indiana) got things going with one out as he reached on an infield single to keep the Titans alive. With two outs, Kevin Phelps (JR/Portage, Michigan) drew a walk to put two aboard for the Titans leader in RBI's, Chris Mangus (JR/Niles, Michigan). Mangus roped a single into right centerfield to bring pinch runner Robbie Hernandez (FR/Griffith, Indiana) and Phelps around to score to make it a 14-5 games. Mason Love (FR/Monmouth, Illinois) reached on a single but would be stranded.
Phelps, Mangus, and Love all finished with two hits while Mangus and Dejesus each drove in two runs.
In the nightcap, the Trojan offense picked up right where it left off in game one. TIU plated 13 runs over the first three inning, eight of which came off of IU South Bend starter Jacob Kwisz (FR/Knightstown, Indiana). The right hander walked three Trojans and threw seven wild pitched in two innings of work.
It wasn't until the Titans were trailing 13-0 after three complete that the IU South Bend offense was able to put some runs on the board. Phelps led off the inning with a walk and would later score via a single down the left field line by Love. Reits then doubled to right field to score Mangus after he reached on a single. The Titans scored three runs to make it a 13-3 game.
The offense put up another crooked number in the top of the fifth inning scoring four runs to cut into the TIU lead. This time it was the bottom of the order that was able to push some runs across. Fry drew a bases loaded walk to bring in Mangus and Vinny Essig (FR/Noblesville, Indiana) followed by a two-RBI single up the middle to score Hinton and Love.
At the conclusion of the fifth the game was called due to darkness. By rule it becomes an official game after five innings.
Essig finished game two 2-for-3 with two RBI.
The two losses move the Titans to 10-10 overall and 3-2 in CCAC action. IU South Bend will return to the diamond on Friday as they host Calumet College of St. Joseph at School Field. First pitch is set for 5:00 p.m.