By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
The Iowa Wesleyan baseball team just couldn?t slow down a high-powered Monmouth College offense on Wednesday night at Mapleleaf Athletic Complex.
The Tigers fell in both games of their non-conference doubleheader. Monmouth took game one 11-1 and game two 15-7.
IW had all sorts of trouble picking up hits in game one. The Monmouth pitchign staff combined for a one-hitter over seven innings, and the only hit was a leadoff single from Jacob Leonard in the Tigers? first at bat of the game.
Monmouth held an 11-0 lead through 5.5 innings, thanks in part to a couple of home runs. The Tigers got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth when Leonard led off with a walk and came around to score on an error.
Avery Mobley picked up the loss for IW, giving up nine earned runs on 11 hits and three walks, while striking out five batters.
The Tigers showed more firepower on the offensive end in game two. After falling down 3-0 in the top of the second inning, Joseph Belarde hit a two-run bomb to left field to cut the lead to 3-2.
Monmouth, however, scored the next 11 runs of the ballgame, including an eight-spot in the fifth. The Tigers found themselves in a 14-2 hole heading into the bottom of the sixth.
IW loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth and scored two runs, one off a walk by Minami Matsumoto and one on an RBI fielder?s choice by Benjamin Steorts.
IW did have an other longball before it was all over. Sebastian Gonzalez stepped to the plate with two runners on in the seventh inning and sent a three-run blast to left-center field. That cut the lead to 14-7, but Monmouth added one insurance run in the top of the eighth.
IW had four pitchers throw in game two. The loss went to Everett Swinson, who threw four innings and gave up seven runs (six earned) on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two.
The Tigers fell to 6-22 overall with the loss. They will try to pick up their first conference win this weekend when they host Eureka for two games on Saturday, April 14, and one on Sunday, April 15.