Batavia, OH: The Alice Lloyd College Baseball Eagles traveled to the Buckeye state to battle the University of Cincinnati Clermont in a four-game series.
Game 1: Alice Lloyd-4; UCC-15
The Cougars used a big fourth inning to pull away in the opener. The hosts struck first in the second as they used a single and four walks to plate 2 runs (0-2). The score would remain unchanged until the fourth inning. In the bottom of that inning, UCC sandwiched a pair of doubles around 4 singles to produce 6 big runs and extend their cushion (0-8).
Alice Lloyd came out of the dugout in the fifth determined to get back in contention. After two men reached base, sophomore Cannon Ferrell (CF) drove them in with a double (2-8). One batter later, senior Dalton Cornett (2B) launched a fastball over the right-field wall. Suddenly, the deficit was sliced in half (4-8).
Unfortunately, the Buckeye team quickly responded by belting a homer to earn 3 runs back (4-11). One inning later, they rode another long ball, and eventually scored 4 more runs to end the game (4-15).
At the plate, Cornett, Ferrell, and sophomore TJ Mullins (SS) all had 2 hits. Five pitchers took to the mound for the Caney Creek club. Logan Hankins was the starter and suffered the defeat. The hosts outhit the Pippa Passes Eagles 14-7. Both squads had 1 error.
Game 2: Alice Lloyd-9; UCC-10
After the home team earned one of those back in their first-at-bat (2-1), ALC used 2 singles to get another run in the second (3-1). Unfortunately, UCC had an answer. In the bottom of that inning, the Cougars unleashed 8 hits, including a homer and 4 doubles. Suddenly, they led 3-10.
The situation remained unchanged until the fifth. That’s when Alice Lloyd began to dig into the deficit.
Ferrell opened the inning with a blast (4-10). Then, 2 singles were backed up by a double from senior Alex White (3B) to score 2 more (6-10.). The next inning would see the rally continue.
In the sixth, three gift errors and a double from Jarvis quickly paid dividends (9-10). Things suddenly were quickly looking interesting.
In the seventh inning, ALC had the tying run on second, but the final batter was called out on a questionable interference call at first to end the rally.
At the plate, Jarvis had a big game going 4-4. On the mound, senior Jacob Banks pitched one inning and suffered the loss. Junior Jake Moran came on in relief, allowing 3 runs over the final six innings. The hosts outhit the Eagles 13-9 and overcame a 0-3 error disadvantage.
Game 1: Alice Lloyd-3; UCC-5
Ferrell singled in the first but was left stranded. That would be the only hit by either club for the first three innings.
In the fourth, Cornett opened with a single and promptly stole second. Later a misjudged long fly ball allowed him to score (1-0).
In the fifth, Alice Lloyd built on their lead with 2 singles and 3 walks. (3-0). Unfortunately, the hosts finally broke through in the bottom of the inning. In their next at-bat, UCC used 3 singles and 2 steals to produce 4 runs (3-4).
ALC would have their chance as they put 2 runners on base in the sixth with only one out, but both remained stranded. In the last inning, they had the tying run reach on a walk, but the contest ended on a double-play grounder.
At the plate, Cornett went 2-4 to lead the squad. Chase Conley started and went 4.2 innings, allowing just 5 hits. Peyton Branham only allowed 1 hit in relief, but he suffered the hard-luck loss. The hosts outhit the Pippa Passes Eagles 6-5, and both had 1 error.
Game 2: Alice Lloyd-0; UCC-10
Six critical errors and a rough day at the plate led to the Eagles’ downfall in the second tilt.
The Ohio squad scored 4 runs in the second on 2 hits. They were helped mightily by 4 errors. (0-4). They added 3 more in the third and another 3 in the fourth (10-0), as errors once more played a role.
UCC pitching controlled the game as ALC could never get their batting on track to mount a comeback attempt.
At the plate, senior Logan Gibbs (DH) double was the only extra-base hit for the Caney Creek club. On the mound, Dawson Beckett suffered the loss, allowing 5 hits and 7 runs in 2.2 innings. The hosts only outhit the Eagles 7-4, but the errors were too big of a disadvantage for the guests to overcome.