Dordt College Baseball vs. Briar Cliff
April 5, 2008
(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender baseball team lost a 9-4 game in the opener of their conference doubleheader in Sioux Center, Iowa with the Briar Cliff Chargers. The Defenders took a 4-3 lead into the seventh inning but were unable to hold the advantage and fell by the five run margin.
Dordt scored all of their runs in the third inning when Derek Peters homered to lead off the inning. Ben Fife followed with a walk, and Travis Feekes followed with a single. After two outs failed to advance the runners Travis De Jong delivered a run scoring single and Bobby Lutke followed with a single that got a run in as well. Briar Cliff scored two runs in the fifth inning to cut the margin to 4-3 and manufactured a run in the seventh to tie the game and then pushed across five more for insurance.
Andrew Swank led the inning off with a single and stole second base. A flyball to right field advanced the runner to third and a sacrifice fly scored the runner for the tie. With two outs the Chargers managed to get five more runs by virtue of three hits and two errors for the win.
Dordt was outhit 7-6 and stranded four runners to Briar Cliff’s eight. Travis Feekes was 2-4 at the plate with one run scored and Travis De Jong was 1-3 with a run scored and one run batted in. Derek Peters had a solo homerun in the loss. Andrew Swank and Andrew Benton each had two hits in the win for the Chargers.
Chris Liebhart took the loss, pitching in relief in the seventh inning and was charged with five runs—one which was earned, in 2/3 off an inning with one walk allowed. Patrick Sinnema started the game and left in the sixth inning with a one run lead. He was charged with three runs—two earned and walked six with five strikeouts and allowed three hits. Daryl Visser recorded the third out of the sixth inning. Eric Fox was the winning pitcher with six innings of work with six hits, four runs and eight strikeouts.
Dordt is now 4-7 and 7-13 while the Chargers improve to 7-2 and 8-15.
Dordt's Current Record: 8-13 (5-7)
Opponent's Current Record: 8-15 (7-2)
Winning Pitcher: Eric Fox (Briar Cliff)
Losing Pitcher: Chris Liebhart (Dordt College)
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