Sandburg Baseball Grabs 1st Win in Split at Southwestern Illinois

  Aaron Frey
  Wednesday, March 17, 2021 9:27 AM

Sauget, IL

Four pitchers combined for a two-hitter as the Carl Sandburg College baseball team picked up its first victory of the season Tuesday in a doubleheader split at Southwestern Illinois. Sandburg took the opener 13-4 before the Blue Storm earned a 4-3 victory in Game 2. 

Sandburg 13, SWIC 4
Sandburg         163      000      3          —        13        16        1
SWIC               101      011      0          —        4          2          1
W: S. Scott 4 IP, 5 K, 4 BB
L: Warren 1.1 IP, 0 K, 1 BB

Key Moment
The Chargers sent 11 batters to the plate in a six-run second inning that saw six consecutive hits to open the frame. Luke Jones (Rantoul, Ill./Rantoul) opened the inning with a double to left and scored when Brett Macak (Monticello, Ill./Monticello) followed with a triple. After an infield hit and run-scoring wild pitch, Ashton Johnson (Brimfield, Ill./Brimfield) delivered an RBI double to left, and Abe Collins (Morton, Ill./Morton) singled to center to bring home a run for a 5-1 lead.

Sandburg Standout
Shortstop Cam Scott (Mapleton, Ill./Illini Bluffs) went 4 for 4 with two triples, two singles and a walk. Scott scored twice and drove in three.

Other Top Chargers

  • Collins 3 for 5, three runs, RBI, stolen base
  • Johnson 2 for 5, double, two runs, RBI
  • Ben Higgins (Macomb, Ill./Macomb) 2 for 4, triple, run, three RBIs
  • Macak 2 for 4, triple, run, RBI
  • Sam Scott 4 IP, two runs (one earned), two hits, five strikeouts, four walks
  • Max Wallace (Champaign, Ill./Centennial), Zach Ori (Bartonville, Ill./Limestone) and Wynn Takacs (Tipton, Ind./Taylor) one inning each, zero hits allowed

SWIC 4, Sandburg 3
Sandburg         000      200      1          —        3          7          3
SWIC               100      120      X          —        4          3          0
W: Carvalho 5 IP, 1 K, 3 BB
L: Smith 3 IP, 5 K, 5 BB 

Key Moment
Hunter Darst (Avon, Ill./Abingdon-Avon) opened the seventh with a base hit and scored on a sacrifice fly to bring the Chargers (1-9) within 4-3. Sandburg put the winning run on base when singled with two out and Isaac Riegler (McLean, Ill./Olympia) drew a walk, but Johnson struck out to end the contest.

Sandburg Standout
Higgins put the Chargers up 2-1 in the fourth with a two-run homer. He also drew a walk.

Other Top Chargers

  • Darst 2 for 3, double, run

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