Struhs Fans 15 in Game 2 as Chargers Earn Win, Tie vs. DuPage

  Aaron Frey
  Friday, March 29, 2019 9:24 AM

Galesburg, IL

The Carl Sandburg College baseball team held on to win a slugfest, then settled for a tie in a pitcher’s duel in a doubleheader Thursday afternoon at home against DuPage.

The Chargers came from behind to take Game 1 11-10 and played to a 2-2 deadlock in nine innings against the Chaparrals before the contest was called because of darkness.

Sandburg 11, DuPage 10

DuPage            203      102      2          —        10        13        1
Sandburg         402      005      x          —        11        13        5         
W: Jacob Burg 1.2 IP, 1 K, 0 BB
L: Austin Reed 0.1 IP, 0 K, 1 BB

Key Moments

  • Trailing 8-6 in the bottom of the sixth, the Chargers struck for five runs to grab the lead. Antonio Dominguez (Rock Island, Ill./United Township) doubled to right to plate Braedon Blackford (Peoria, Ill./Notre Dame) and Wynn Takacs (Tipton, Ind./Taylor) to tie the score.
  • Jonah Burt (LaHarpe, Ill./Illini West) scored the go-ahead run later in the inning on an error before an RBI double from Tyler Womack (Moline, Ill./Moline) and RBI single from Hunter Darst (Avon, Ill./Abingdon-Avon) gave Sandburg an 11-8 cushion.
  • DuPage put the tying run on second with one away in the seventh, but Jacob Burg (Macomb, Ill./Macomb) retired the next two batters with a strikeout and flyout to earn the victory in relief, his first as a Charger.

Sandburg Standout
Womack reached base four times, going 3 for 3 with a double, walk and three RBIs.

Other Top Chargers

  • Dominguez 2 for 4, run, three RBIs
  • Devon Ballard (Fulton, Ill./Fulton) 2 for 3, run, two RBIs
  • Blackford 2 for 4, two runs
  • Darst 2 for 4, two RBIs

Sandburg 2, DuPage 2 (9 innings)

DuPage            020      000      000      —        2          7          1
Sandburg         110      000      000      —        2          5          1         

Key Moment
All of the scoring took place in the first two innings. Down 2-1 in the second, a leadoff walk to Noah Hoepfner (East Moline, Ill./United Township) led to the tying run. Hoepfner moved to second on a Dominguez single, advance to third on a passed ball and scored on Koy Smith’s (Revere, Mo./Canton) sacrifice fly.

Sandburg Standout
Sophomore starter Nolan Struhs (Avon, Ill./Abingdon-Avon) fanned a career-high 15 batters while working seven impressive innings. The lefty allowed just four hits, walked three and threw 75 of his 117 pitches for strikes.

Other Top Chargers

  • Blackford 2 for 4, run, stolen base
  • Kelly Osburn (East Moline, Ill./United Township) 2 IP, 4 K, 0 BB

The Chargers open their Arrowhead Conference schedule by hosting Sauk Valley in a doubleheader at noon Saturday.

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