Baseball remains on top with sweep

Rams crush Lubbock Christian Chaparrals

By Kaitlin Trujillo
On February 23, 2017

Photo by Kaitlin Trujillo
Jay Gonzales, senior first baseman, slides safely into third base. Gonzales had 12 putouts against the Chaparrals.

Ram Baseball continued their winning streak Feb. 17-19 with a three game series sweep against the Lubbock Christian Chaparrals.

The Rams pulled off their game one win in the bottom of the ninth when the Chaps walked Mitch Henshaw, junior, with the bases loaded to bring in the tie breaking run.

"You can’t beat comeback wins," Matt Waller, senior catcher, said. "It boosts morale."

Waller went four for four at the bat with two doubles, two singles and a walk.

Matt Shannon started the game on the mound and Jake Matthys finished the game for his first win of the season.

The Rams kept the momentum from their 7-6 victory on Friday in game two on Saturday where they put 14 runs on the board over LCU’s six runs.

Head Coach Kevin Brooks said the game was one of their best offensive nights in the past few years.

"The hitters are just really competing," Brooks said.

The first run of Saturday’s game was a homerun by outfielder Steven Pinales, senior, in the second inning.

The Rams would go on to have two innings where five runs were brought in.

Joe Hauser, senior pitcher, came in to close the game with three consecutive strikeouts in the top of the ninth.

Kenton Schroter and Dustin Angiel, both seniors, also pitched for the Rams.

Sunday’s game was a closer competition for the Rams, but they pulled ahead in a 4-3 victory, sweeping the Chaparrals.

Shane Browning, junior, started the game and struck out seven batters over his 78 pitches.

The Rams were down by one run in the bottom of the eighth with bases loaded when Nick Novak was walked to tie the game.

The game winning run was brought in by Jonathan Soberanes in the bottom of the eighth inning when Soberanes made a drag bunt to bring in Waller.

"It’s always good winning at home against good teams in front of our good crowd," said Soberanes. "A wins a win and we’ll take it any day."

Hauser came in to finish the game again taking on three batters from LCU to end the game. Hauser has not allowed any runs this season.

"You make mistakes and that’s part of life," Brooks said. "The key is getting back up and battling and we did a great job of that."

The Rams hit the road next week for the first time to play a series against St. Mary’s.

"I’m really excited about this team," Matthys said.

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