Rams steal win from LCU

Baseball makes a comeback after two losses in series

By Sam Fowler
On February 25, 2016


  The No. 9 ranked Ram baseball team stopped in Lubbock Feb. 19-21st during their season opening road trip, dropping two of the three games against No. 10 ranked Lubbock Christian University.
   In the first game on Feb. 19th, the Rams fell 7-6 in a closely contested matchup with the Chaparrals.Senior pitcher Bryce Zak tossed a solid game during six and two-thirds innings of work, giving up just three runs on five hits with his second consecutive 10 strikeout game.
  Zak was in line for his third win of the season with the Rams up 5-3 going in to the eighth inning before the Chaparrals figured out a way to score four runs off senior relief pitcher Graylon Brown, snatching the lead in the bottom of the eighth.On the second day of the series, the Rams struggled at the plate only scoring one run off one hit to the Chaparral’s 12 hits as the Rams fell 6-1 to LCU.
    Despite eight strikeouts, redshirt freshman Matt Shannon gave up four runs on nine hits during his six and two-thirds innings of work in the loss putting him at 1-2 on the mound this season. LCU was looking for a series sweep, but the Rams had other plans, stealing the final game 6-3.
The Rams kicked off the scoring in the third inning as junior utility player Christian Abilla scored Michael Urquidi with an RBI single to left field putting the Rams up 1-0.
   After LCU tied the game in the bottom of the third and a scoreless fourth inning, junior first baseman Jay Gonzales put the Rams back ahead with a two run double before senior designated hitter Jerryd Klemm scored him on an RBI single to cap off the inning with the Rams up 4-1.The Chaparrals scored runs in the fifth and seventh innings narrowing the Rams lead to 5-3 going in to the eighth inning.
   In the top of the eighth, junior shortstop Tyler Coolbaugh brought in Jerryd Klemm, and the Rams’ final run, on an RBI single to right field.
Sophomore pitcher Kellen Rholl started off the game on the mound tossing four strikeouts in the three and a third  innings that he pitched but junior pitcher Joey Wise got the decision in his three innings of relief with senior Graylon Brown getting his second save of the season.
The Rams are now 6-3 overall this season as they stay on the road, traveling to Golden, Colorado to face Colorado School of Mines in a four game series Feb. 26-28th.

 

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