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Baseball breaks even over weekend

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This last weekend the UIS baseball team traveled to Kansas City, Mo. for a set of double headers against William Jewell. The late snowstorm earlier in the week made the field condition at William Jewell unplayable so the game was moved to Kansas City Community College.

Friday

Last Friday, the UIS baseball team played their first double header against William Jewell. In the first game, UIS could not accomplish anything offensively and went scoreless. The second game, the baseball team finally came alive and defeated the Cardinals 5-2.

The Stars struggled throughout game one on Friday, as they could not get runners on base. They had only two runners get on base during the first five frames. The Stars couldn’t do anything offensively or defensively in the first game as the Cardinals crushed the Stars 6-0.

Then in game two, after being tailed by 13 hits and five runs, the Stars picked up their offense. Junior Josh Johnson hit the ball again and again going 3-for-3, hitting singles every time. Then in the fifth inning the Stars got three runs across the plate which sealed game two for UIS with a final score 5-2.

Junior pitcher Adam Karger threw all game allowing only two runs and six hits and striking out five William Jewell hitters.

Saturday

Saturday brought another double-header for UIS as they once again played the Cardinals of William Jewell at Kansas City Community College.

In the first game, junior Barry Arnett pitched six innings allowing only six hits and not allowing any runs. Arnett picked up his first win as a pitcher for the season.

Early in the game neither team could seem to score as no runs were recorded in the first few frames. In the fourth inning the Stars finally scored when junior Kendall Hocker hit a RBI double allowing junior Blake Baker to score.

Then in the sixth inning Baker would score again off another RBI double from junior Adrian Brown, and the Stars added another point to their lead thanks to junior Logan Frye.

The Stars finished out the game with a score of 3-0, making them 2-1 for the weekend. The second game was the closest game between the Cardinals and the Stars.

The Cardinals got an early lead over the Stars as William Jewell scored off a wild pitch in the second inning. The Stars finally knotted the game in the fourth inning when junior Jason Messengill hit a home run. UIS added another point to give them the lead in the sixth inning when Messengill hit the ball out to center field allowing junior Trevor Johnson to score.

The Cardinals answered back by scoring a run in the sixth and twice in the seventh to take back the lead from the Stars. The Stars were only able to score one more time in the ninth inning but it was not enough. William Jewell finished the game with four runs to UIS’ three.

The Stars are back in action this weekend with two double headers against Rockhurst at Chatham Community Park on Saturday and Sunday at noon and 3 p.m.

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