Marion, Ill. - Patriot baseball was handed a dissapointing 15-8 loss by the hands of the Brescia University Bearcats on Tuesday, March 7.
Alex Brooks took the mound for Morthland to start the game and threw well through two innings by only allowing two runs on five hits.
Inning three is where the Patriots began to run into trouble. Brescia came to the plate in the top half leading 2-1. Alex Flock walked to start the inning and quickly stole second. Reed Rounder then slapped a single into shallow center to score Flock. Rounder then copied his teammate by swiping second and, in repeat fashion, was driven in on a single by Kenny Rideout.
Colton Hurt then singled to right field. The floodgates opened when Logan Wilkerson singled into left field and Morthland left fielder Christian Blankenship allowed the ball to roll underneath his glove and all the way to the wall. Hurt ended up scoring from first and Wilkerson reached third. Another single drove Wilkerson in, and the Patriots were headed into the bottom of the inning down 6-1.
Morthland was able to scratch another run across in their half of the third, drawing the score up to 6-2.
Two one-run innings placed Brescia ahead 8-2 when the sixth inning came around. Combined, Brooks and Dalton Utley allowed six runs on six hits and one error in the half inning, quickly putting the Patriots down 14-2.
It seemed as if the game was close to over when a small spark ignited a rally for Morthland in their half of the seventh. Down to what would've been their final out according to the run-rule, Caleb Cirre hit a hard ground ball with bases loaded at Zach Johnson, the Bearcat shortstop, which caused a wild throw on his part. That play followed a pair of walked-in runs, which resulted in the boys drawing back within ten with a score of 14-5.
The seventh would end with the Patriots plating five runs on two hits and one error, making it 14-7. The Bearcats quickly responded with a run of their own in the eighth, giving them a 15-7 lead.
The Patriots attempted to put another hot streak together in the ninth for a final comeback, but Jon Marc Girardeau grounded out to Johnson who forced out LaMarcus O'Neal at second base for the final out.
The Patriots are back at it tomorrow as they host the Red Lions of Lincoln Christian University in a double-header beginning at 1:00.