Dordt College Baseball vs. Peru State
March 21, 2014
(Peru, Nebraska) The Dordt College Defender baseball team lost a 7-6 decision to Peru State (Nebraska) on Friday afternoon in game one of the non-conference doubleheader.
Dordt took the early lead but the Bobcats staged a seventh inning comeback and one it in the first extra inning.
Dordt threatened in the first inning but a double play with the bases loaded ended the challenge and the two teams were scoreless after one inning. Dordt got on the board in the second inning when Andy Kollbuam led off with a double and gave way to courtesy runner Alex Schoonhoven. Schoonhoven came in to score on a Dane Le Platt single for a 1-0 lead.
A two run second inning by the hosts put them in the lead and they pushed another run across in the third for a 3-1 advantage. The Defenders used a two out rally in the fourth inning to take back the lead. Brian Wallman singled with two outs and Nathan Fraley and Jake Thayer each singled to load the bases. A walk to Cameron Gingerich got a run in and an Aaron Parks double scored three. Parks was retired trying to stretch the hit into a triple.
Dordt limited the Bobcats to a run in the fifth inning and led 5-4 going into the sixth frame. In the top of the inning the Defenders got one more run with Wallman banging out a double and Schoonhoven ran for him, eventually scoring on a Thayer single to centerfield.
Peru State threatened in the bottom of the sixth but stranded two runners. Dordt was retired in order in the seventh setting up the bottom of the seventh.
Leading 6-4, the Defenders surrendered a leadoff double. After a stolen base the Bobcats layed down on a bunt and a run scored. The tying run eventually scored on a sacrifice fly and the teams headed to extra innings.
Dordt was retired in the top of the eighth and the Bobcats won the game with a two out single, getting the winning run in from second base on the play.
Dordt outhit the Bobcats 10-7 but the Defenders were hampered by three defensive errors. Bryan Wallman had three hits and Jake Thayer had two. Aaron Parks had three runs batted in and was issued one of two walks the Defenders worked for.
Ben Van Kekerix started the game and went six innings before leaving midway through the seventh inning. Van Kekerix allowed six runs—five of them earned and struck out five with no walks. Michael Grady came on in relief and absorbed the loss with one run on three hits and two strikeouts in an inning and two-thirds.
Dordt's Current Record: 7-7 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 0-0 (0-0)
Winning Pitcher: (Dordt College)
Losing Pitcher: (Dordt College)
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