By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
The Iowa Wesleyan baseball team took on Principia in their home opener on Tuesday night, falling in a SLIAC doubleheader 5-3 and 7-4. The Tigers staged a comeback in both games but came up short int he later innings.
IW had to come back from a three-run deficit in the middle innings during game one. After Principia scored three runs throughout he first 2.5 innings, IW came back to tie it at 3-3.
Matthew Murphy and Tyler Cooksey each hit an RBI single in the third inning. The score stayed 3-2 for a couple of innings and Ruben Ramirez singled home a runner in the sixth to knot the game up.
The Panthers were able to grind out two runs in the seventh inning, capitalizing on a hit batter and an error. The Tigers went down in order in the bottom of the seventh and Principia locked up game one.
Murphy and Ramirez co-led the team offensively in the loss. Murphy was 2-3 with an RBI and a run, and Ramirez went 2-3 with an RBI. Cooksey finished 1-3 with an RBI.
Austin Christian threw six innings, giving up three earned runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out two batters. Brandon Devillier was tagged with the loss, going one inning and giving up two runs (one earned) on one hit, while striking out one.
Principia scored the first six runs in game two, putting the Tigers in a hole early, but IW didn?t go down without a fight, scoring four runs in the fourth.
Benjamin Steorts put the Tigers on the board with a two-run double in the fourth. Sebastian Gonzales brought one more home with an RBI single and Minami Matsumoto cut the lead to 6-4 with an RBI single of his own.
Principia added one run in the top of the seventh inning to make it 7-4. IW loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth inning but couldn?t put a run through.
Steorts went 1-3 with two RBIs and a run scored to lead the team. Lee Fiala, Murphy and Matsumoto each had one RBI as well.
Three Tigers pitched in game two. Stephen Larson picked up the loss, throwing 3.2 innings and giving up six runs (five earned) on nine hits, while striking out two.