After being snowed out the previous two weekends in Dallas, the Tiger baseball team finally got a chance to play this past weekend in Texas. The Tigers opened their season on Friday with a 4-12 loss to Dallas Christian College. David Cummings pitched 4 2/3 innings recording the loss. He gave up 9 runs, 7 of them earned on 14 hits. Ryan Schuster pitched 3 1/3 innings in relief, giving up the other three runs on 3 hits.
Offensively the Tiger bats were a little sluggish. After hitting inside the gym for a month and a half, it was expected that there was going to be an adjustment period at the plate. Only two Tigers had multiple hits. Senior Aaron Premer was 4 for 5with an RBI, and Brett Frost was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI's. Eldreka Buckner displayed his speed on the base paths pinch running and stealing three bases.
In the first game on Saturday the Tigers sent their crafty veteran pitcher Kyle Richter to the hill against Park University. Park has always fielded very talented teams and the Tigers knew they would be fighting an uphill battle. They gave the Pirates their best holding their offense to only 4 runs, but unfortunately they could only muster 2 runs of their own. Richter pitched all 7 innings recording the loss. He gave up the4 runs to the Pirates on 2 hits, while striking out 2.
As was the case the night before, the Tiger bats were relatively silent. Brett Frost was the bright spot once again going 2 for 3 and driving in both of the Tiger runs. The Tigers out hit the Pirates 6 to 2, but the difference came in the freebases given to the Pirates. Nine Pirates received free passes to first base by walks or hit batsmen.
Things turned around dramatically for the Tigers Saturday afternoon, and the bats came alive in the final game of the day for the Tigers. Facing Dallas Christian again, the Tigers sent Brett Frost to the mound, and he didn't disappoint. Frost pitched a masterful 1 hit shutout as the Tigers defeat the Crusaders 12-0. Frost went all six for the Tigers striking out 14 Crusaders and only walking 2.
The Tigers recorded 14 hits by 9 different players. Frost helped his cause going 2 for 4 with 2 RBI's including a homerun. Senior Captain Sam Carr got things rolling going 3 for 3 with a 3 RBI"s on a single, double, and a homerun. Wade Wedow was also solid from the plate, he went 1 for 3 with 3 RBI's.
The Tigers are 1-2 on the season. They travel Tuesday to Sterling for a double header with the Warriors. Game times are scheduled for 12:00 and 3:00 pm.