Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Commies Hold On To Remain Unbeaten

After jumping out to an early 6-2 lead, the Commies held on in the ninth with the Hilltoppers tying run at second to win, 6-4. The Commies ran their record-breaking start to 15-0, while the Hilltoppers, with the loss, fell to 5-5 on the season, dropping their fourth in a row.
Coach Corbin, always thinking ahead commented on the end of the game after it was over, “"The ending was close, but Casey (Weathers) probably needed that…He faced their best athlete at the plate with the tying run at second and was able to get out of it and I am proud of him for that. It didn't look pretty, but sometimes when you play on the road it doesn't."

The Commies got on the board early after Brian Harris and Pedro Alvarez, who had each singled, scored on a double by Andrew Giobbi. The Hilltoppers, not going quietly, tied the game on a two-run home run off freshman Mike Minor (2-0), who picked up the win. Those were the only two runs Minor allowed as he scattered seven hits over 5.2 innings with seven strikeouts and no walks.

Corbin was pleased with the performance of his freshman pitcher stating, “he pitched the first time on a road as a starter and I thought he did very well.”

The Commies regained the lead in the top of the fourth when Dominic de la Osa’s double scored Shea Robin who had walked. The Commie bats struck again in the sixth as Shea Robin hit an RBI single and Brad French hit a deep sacrifice fly. The last run came in the top of the ninth when Robin hit his second RBI single.

Once again, it was the strong Commie bullpen that staved off the Hilltopper comeback and notched the Commie’s 15th win of the season. Ty Davis only gave up one hit in 1.2 innings of scoreless relief and Stephen Shao provided 0.2 innings of no-hit relief in the eighth inning.

The Commie Closer, Casey Weathers, gave up his first walk of the season to the first batter he faced when he came on for the save in the bottom of the ninth. He countered the walk by striking out J.B. Paxson; however, Matt Hightower stole second. Weathers then got into a jam with the bases loaded after Troy Frazier reached on Weathers’s second walk of the inning and Jake Wells reached on a fielding error by Pedro Alvarez, his fourth of the season.

Weathers settled down after that, getting a ground ball to short that Ryan Flaherty flipped to second to get Jake Wells out on a fielder’s choice. Weathers then got Scott Kaskie to ground out to first to end the game.

The Commies return to Hawkins Field for a weekend series against Illinois-Chicago with start times at 6 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

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