For Immediate Release
Baseball -- April 25, 2012
Eureka Baseball Falls Short at Greenville
GREENVILLE, Ill. – Taking its final St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference road trip of the 2012 season, the Eureka College baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader at Greenville, Wednesday afternoon at Smith Field in Greenville, Ill. The Panthers took game one, 11-3, and also prevailed in the nightcap, 20-4.
The Panthers jumped on the Red Devils early in game one, scoring three times in the first inning for an early lead. David Massengill and Jared Massengill each picked up RBI doubles in the frame, as the Panthers picked up five hits in the inning and sent seven batters to the plate before Eureka senior center fielder Michael Hammerstrand (Bloomington, Ill./Bloomington H.S.) gunned down Kenny Traeger trying to score from second base on a base hit.
Greenville went on to score in each of the next three innings, pushing its lead to 9-0 before the Red Devils got on the board in the sixth. Greenville reliever Tyler Mitchell got into trouble early, issuing walks to the first three EC batters in the inning. After a pitching change, Eureka junior second baseman Josh Hofer (Washington, Ill./Washington H.S.) ripped a two-run double for the Red Devils’ first runs of the day. Senior right fielder Mike Daxenbichler (Bartonville, Ill./Limestone H.S.) tacked on a run-scoring groundout before a strikeout and groundout ended the threat.
Senior Blake McConkey (Fairview, Ill./Spoon River Valley H.S.) picked up a team-high two hits in game one. Junior first baseman Kevin Dooley (Normal, Ill./Normal Community H.S./Spoon River) reached base three times, singling and drawing a pair of walks.
In game two, Eureka sophomore shortstop Grant DeWitt (Mt. Sterling, Ill./Brown County) gave the Red Devils their first lead of the afternoon, leading off the top of the first inning with a solo home run for a 1-0 lead. The advantage would be short-lived, as the Panthers erupted for seven runs in the home half of the first inning. Greenville batted around during the outburst, picking up eight hits and taking advantage of two Eureka errors to build the 7-1 lead.
The Panthers went on to score in all six of their trips to the plate during the nightcap and compiled another seven-run inning in the bottom of the sixth. The offense was more than enough to earn the doubleheader sweep and extend Greenville’s winning streak against Eureka to 12 games.
Dooley, Daxenbichler and sophomore second baseman Jordan Hodel (Roanoke, Ill./Roanoke-Benson H.S.) drove in runs during the game two loss. DeWitt, Dooley, Hodel and junior left fielder Eric Lopez (Lake Villa, Ill./Lakes H.S./Lake County) each had two hits.
Wednesday’s game one defeat eliminated the Red Devils from contention for a bid to the 2012 SLIAC Tournament. Eureka will return home Saturday for a 1 p.m. non-conference doubleheader against Chicago. The Red Devils will host their annual Senior Day ceremony prior to game one of the twinbill against the Maroons.
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