For Immediate Release
Baseball -- March 17, 2011
Red Devils Romp to Sweep at Kentucky State
FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Eureka College baseball team earned its first two victories of the 2011 season Thursday afternoon, exploding for 37 runs over the course of a non-conference doubleheader sweep of Division II Kentucky State in Frankfort, Ky. The Red Devils won the opener, 19-2, and also claimed game two, 18-1.
A trio of Red Devils had offensive outbursts to pace Eureka in game one. Michael Hammerstrand (Bloomington, Ill./Bloomington H.S.), Blake McConkey (Fairview, Ill./Spoon River Valley H.S.) and Mike Daxenbichler (Bartonville, Ill./Limestone H.S.) each collected three hits, while McConkey added a game-high four RBI. Six of Eureka’s 15 hits went for extra bases and the Red Devils drew 13 walks during the first game.
McConkey tossed 4.0 scoreless innings to win the opener, allowing five hits and punching out two. Three relievers closed out the victory, as newcomers Stephen Davis (Mackinaw, Ill./Dee-Mack H.S.) and Ethan Minich (Peoria, Ill./Woodruff H.S.) tossed scoreless innings.
The nightcap marked more of the same for the Red Devils, but the visitors didn’t break the game open until pushing six runs across in the fourth inning for an 8-0 lead. Senior first baseman Tim Cashdollar (Morton, Ill./Morton H.S.) went 4-for-4 with a home run and five runs scored, while McConkey picked up his second multi-hit game of the day with a 3-for-4 effort. Senior Alex Hess (Washington, Ill./Washington H.S./Illinois Central) cracked his first home run of the campaign and junior Pierce Furrow (El Paso, Ill./El Paso-Gridley H.S.) collected a triple.
Freshman Bryan Meyer (Dunlap, Ill./Dunlap H.S.) struck out five Thorobreds over 5.0 innings to earn his first career win on the mound. Minich fired another scoreless inning of relief, as the Red Devils swept their first doubleheader on the road since taking two at Fontbonne on April 3, 2010 in St. Louis.
The Red Devils will wrap up their six-game spring break trip Friday in Carlinville, Ill. against Blackburn at 3:30 p.m. Eureka will close the busy week with its home opener as part of a doubleheader Sunday at 1 p.m. against NAIA Ashford at Henry Sand Field.
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