Photo by Rhylee Richardson
McPherson, KS – The Central Christian College baseball team took game one of the four game series against crosstown rival McPherson College last month 10-4. On Tuesday night, the Bulldogs returned the favor and took the second leg of the series 10-1.
On Tuesday, two of the factors that led to the Tigers' demise turned out to be defensive errors, and the long ball. Redshirt freshman, Patrick Lujan, was the Tigers' starter on the mound against the Bulldogs. He worked the first five innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits, including a three run homerun in the first inning, to the Bulldogs.
In the top of the 6th, Bryan Scott came in in relief of Lujan. Scott went the rest of the way for the Tigers, allowing three runs on three hits, one of those being a two run homerun by the same guy who hit the first one. The Tiger defense also didn't do their part in helping out the Tiger pitchers. In all, the Tigers had five defensive miscues that directly led to three of the Bulldog runs.
At the dish, the Tigers struggled to get anything going against the Bulldogs' starting pitcher. Mac's Cory Royer pitched a complete game, allowing just one Tiger run on just three hits. He really had things working early. The Tigers didn't get their first hit of the game until the 3rd inning, and then didn't get another one until the bottom of the 8th.
The three Tiger hits were all singles by Shomari Cann, who scored the Tigers' only run, Laramie Lumley, and Hunter Wilcher. Mario Rivera had the only RBI for the Tigers when he ground out to the third baseman in the 3rd inning.
With the loss, the Tigers are now 7-18 on the season. They will try and turn things around this weekend, when they play a three game set against the Dordt Defenders. They will play a single nine on Friday starting at 3:00, and then a double header on Saturday at noon.