Chargers Sweep DuPage in Pair of 1-Run Contests

  Aaron Frey
  Monday, March 19, 2018 9:14 AM

Galesburg, IL

Thanks to a dominant effort from Game 1 starter Mitch Smith (Moline, Ill./Sherrard) and tiebreaking runs in the sixth inning of each contest, the Carl Sandburg College baseball team swept a doubleheader with DuPage on Sunday in the Chargers’ home opener at the William “Bill” Hungate Baseball/Softball Complex, extending their winning streak to five games.

Sandburg 2, DuPage 1
DuPage            000      100      0          —        1          4          2
Sandburg         000      101      x          —        2          4          2
W: Smith (2-0), 7 IP, 15 K, 0 BB
L: Garcia, 5.2 IP, 5 K, 2 BB

Key Moment
Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth, the Chargers staged a two-out rally to plate the go-ahead run. Tyler Womack (Moline, Ill./Moline) reached on an error, moved to third on a pair of wild pitches and scored on a base hit to right from Cacey O’Brien (Moline, Ill./Moline).

Sandburg Star of the Game
Smith fanned 15 DuPage hitters while not issuing a walk. He gave up just one run on four hits in the complete-game victory, throwing 82 of his 114 pitches for strikes. In 19 innings this season, Smith has a 1.11 ERA, 25 strikeouts and three walks.

Sandburg 6, DuPage 5
DuPage            000      032      0          —        5          9          2
Sandburg         101      031      x          —        6          7          1
W: Gray (2-1), 1.1 IP, 1 K, 0 BB
L: Robles, 1 IP, 2 K, 1 BB
SV: Hannan (1), 1 IP, 1 K, 0 BB

Key Moment
Tied at 5 in the sixth, Antonio Dominguez (Rock Island, Ill./United Township) led off the inning with a double to center and scored the go-ahead run one batter later when Kevin Ulrich (Benson, Ill./Roanoke-Benson) reached on an error on a grounder to short.

Sandburg Star of the Game
Center fielder Payton Hartbank (Mattoon, Ill./Mattoon) reached base three times and scored three runs, highlighted by a solo homer to center in the first to open the scoring.

Top Chargers Hitters

  • O’Brien 2 for 2, stolen base
  • Womack 1 for 2, three-run home run
  • Hartbank 1 for 2, solo home run, three runs, two walks

Up Next
The Chargers (7-3) are home again at 3 p.m. Wednesday for a nine-inning game against Southeastern (Iowa).

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