Rams fall short in series against Chaparrals 1-2

ASU lose first and last game against Lubbock Christian University, earns redemption in second game

By Rosanna Aguilera
On February 22, 2019

Photo by Ian Saint: Parker Bramlett, an infielder for the Rams takes a swing at a fastball. 

The ASU Rams baseball team competed in three games from Feb. 15 to Feb. 17 against Lubbock Christian University and went 1-2 in the series.
In Friday’s game, the Rams started the series off with a 6-2 loss against the Chaparrals.
Junior Nicholas Novak led off for ASU in the bottom of the third inning and reached first base. Novak stole a base to get to second and advanced to third after another pitch.
Sophomore Parker Bramlett hit a single to left field to bring Novak in.
Novak was brought to the plate again, hitting a double to left field. 
Freshman Jordan Williams brought Novak in with a ground ball.
The Rams couldn’t bring in any more runners, but they did steal eight bases on the night.
Pitcher Andrew Croucher was on the mound on the third inning. The senior put in 5.1 innings of work and only gave up two hits while striking out six without walking anyone.
Croucher faced 18 batters and induced five flyouts and four groundouts.
In Saturday’s game, the Rams got redemption and won 4-1 against LCU in the series, moving them to 7-3 on the year.
In the bottom of the first inning, Williams hit the ball to the right side, advancing to first base and stealing second.
Senior Lachlan Mayo came to the plate with Williams in scoring position. 
Mayo drove the ball out to right center field, bringing in Williams for the first run of the game.
The Rams turned around and got their second run in the next inning. 
Junior Riley Peterson hit to left field, followed by Bramlett getting hit by a pitch, which put him on first base. 
Senior Michael Urquidi made a bunt hit to put him on first, loading up the bases for Williams.
Williams hit high to center field, where the ball was caught, but still allowed the Rams to bring in a run. 
The Rams continued their scoring in the fifth inning.
Freshman Jackson Hardy and junior Josh Elvir were both walked.
Peterson was next to the plate where he hit a flyball out, moving Hardy to third.
Hardy was brought in to score, putting Elvir on third.
Bramlett stepped up to the plate and hit to right field, which brought Elvir in for the Rams’ final run of the game.
The Chaps got on the board in the eighth inning with one run. 
Williams, Mayo and Peterson each had two hits in the game.
Pitcher Trent Baker threw for 7.1 innings, giving up only four hits and one run. He struck out eight and only walked one. 
In Sunday’s game, ASU lost 1-6 to close out the series with the Chaps.
The Rams will return to Foster Field from March 1 through March 3 to face Tarleton State University for the Pack the Park event. 


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