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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.

April 17th

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

The Eagles started well, using two walks, an RBI single from sophomore Anthony Jarvis (1B), and a sacrifice fly to jump ahead 2-0.

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.

April 18th

Game 1: Alice Lloyd-3; UCC-5  

Alice Lloyd lost a tough pitching duel in the opener.

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.