Ausbury, Meyer Each Toss 2-Hit Shutout for Chargers at IVCC

  Aaron Frey
  Monday, April 23, 2018 10:26 AM

Oglesby, IL

The Carl Sandburg College baseball team picked up a pair of two-hit shutouts Saturday, sweeping Illinois Valley 12-0 and 11-0 in an Arrowhead Conference doubleheader. Sandburg improved to 19-8 overall and 12-2 in the league.

Sandburg 12, Illinois Valley 0 (5 innings)
Sandburg         2(10)0 00        —        12        6          0
Illinois Valley  000      00        —        0          2          0
W: Travis Ausbury (5-2) 5 IP, 4 K, 5 BB

Key Moment
The Chargers erupted for a 10-run second inning, with five of their six hits in the game coming during the frame. Sandburg sent 13 batters to the plate, with the biggest blow coming on a two-run homer from second baseman Greyson Durbin (Colona, Ill./United Township) to cap the scoring.

Sandburg Star of the Game
Sophomore righthander Travis Ausbury (Macomb, Ill./Macomb) allowed just two hits in a complete-game shutout. He struck out four and walked five on 99 pitches. The bottom eight spots in the order for the Eagles combined to go 0 for 13 against Ausbury.

Top Chargers Hitters

  • Tyler Womack (Moline, Ill./Moline) 2 for 3, run, stolen base, three RBIs
  • Durbin 2 for 2, two runs, two RBIs, home run, stolen base
  • Austin Traub (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) 1 for 3, double, run, two RBIs

Sandburg 11, Illinois Valley 0 (5 innings)
Sandburg         005      24        —        11        12        0
Illinois Valley  000      00        —        0          2          3
W: Bryce Meyer (3-1) 5 IP, 9 K, 1 BB

Key Moments
The game was scoreless in the third when the Chargers broke through for five runs on five hits. An RBI single from Braedon Blackford (Peoria, Ill./Notre Dame) and run-scoring groundout from Cacey O’Brien (Moline, Ill./Moline) put the Chargers up 2-0 before Shane Coleman (Abingdon, Ill./Abingdon-Avon) and Womack swatted back-to-back homers for a 5-0 advantage.

Sandburg Star of the Game
Bryce Meyer (Bartonville, Ill./Limestone) fanned nine while allowed just two singles and a walk in the complete-game win. Meyer was economical as well, needing just 62 pitches (43 for strikes). The freshman left has whiffed 50 batters in 33 innings and sports a 0.85 ERA.

Top Chargers Hitters

  • Traub 3 for 3, triple, three runs, two RBIs
  • Blackford 2 for 2, double, two stolen bases, two runs, two RBIs
  • Coleman 2 for 2, home run, two RBIs
  • O’Brien 2 for 4, double, two RBIs
  • Womack 2 for 3, home run, RBI

Up Next
The Chargers wrap up their home-and-home series with IVCC by hosting the Eagles at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the William “Bill” Hungate Baseball/Softball Complex.

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