The Central Christian College baseball team couldn't get their offense going on Saturday against the Wayland Baptist University Pioneers. The Tigers dropped both games of the double header against WBU, losing the opening game 10-2, and getting shut out in the series finale 8-0.
The Tigers sent Landon Stevens to the mound for the start in game one. Stevens worked the first 5 innings, giving up 9 runs, 7 of them earned, on 11 hits, and finished with 6 strikeouts and 3 walks. Freshman Aydan Rolph came on in relief of Stevens in the sixth inning. Rolph got in one inning of work, allowing 1 run on 3 hits. He showed good control, striking out 1 and not allowing a walk.
It was the offense that came up short against the Pioneers. The Tigers managed just 2 runs on 3 hits, singles by Christopher Sanchez, and Nate Patterson, and a double by Troy Carrigan. After the Pioneers opened the game with a run in the top of the 1st. the Tigers got off to a good start in their half of the first, tying the game via an error, a balk, a walk, a wild pitch, and a sacrifice fly by Shomari Cann.
From there the Pioneers would score 8 unanswered runs, 4 in the second, 1 in the third, 2 in the fourth, and 1 in the fifth, before the Tigers finally got on the board again in the sixth, also without a hit. This time it was a walk, a hit by pitch, a fielder's choice, and then a wild pitch that scored Jared Jones. After being blanked in the top of the 6th, the Pioneers got back on the board with a final run in the top of the 7th and then held off the Tigers in the bottom of the inning to take game 1, 10-2.
Game 2 turned out to be more of the same for the Tigers. They just couldn't find a way to jump start their offense, and defensively they had three miscues that kept innings alive and led to 4 runs for the Pioneers. Freshman Corbin Ramos was handed the ball for the start in the series finale for the Tigers. Ramos worked six innings, allowing 8 runs, but only 4 of them of the earned variety, on 7 hits. He finished with a season high 7 strikeouts and 4 walks. Rolph came on again in the 7th inning of game 2, recording the final three outs in order.
The Tiger bats continued to say silent in game 2. They totaled 4 hits, all of the singles. Sanchez led the way for Central with a 2 for 3 performance. The other two Tiger hits were recorded by Cann, and Will Wild.
The Pioneers took charge of game 2 early, with a pair of 2 run homeruns in the first two innings. The Tigers held them scoreless in the third, but they came back with 3 more runs in the fourth to extend the lead to 7-0. They added a final run in the sixth and then closed out the Tigers in the seventh to complete the series sweep 8-0.
Next up for the Tigers is a midweek rematch with the Bethany College Swedes. The Tigers and Swedes met last week in Lindsborg with the Swedes winning 4-2. This Wednesday, the two teams will meet again, this time at Tiger Stadium. First pitch is set to be thrown at 6:00 pm under the lights.