Baseball Recap (Week 2) - Around the SCAC

Baseball Recap (Week 2) - Around the SCAC

SUWANEE, Ga. - Two pitching performances stood out during Week 2 of the 2012 season. Trinity senior Ben Klimesh threw a complete-game shutout and struck out 13 in a win over Louisiana College while Rhodes junior Jackson Baker struck out nine in a 7-inning complete game shutout of Huntingdon.


Austin College went 1-3 on their weekend trip to California, falling to No. 20-ranked Redlands 13-3 before taking one of three against Occidental College, falling 7-1 in game one, taking a 5-4 win in game two and dropping game three 14-7. Chase Muder and Mason Leech had big weeks at the plate, with Muder hitting .471 with two doubles and scoring two runs while Leech batted .438 with three runs batted in. Josh Coughennower was also strong at the plate, hitting .364 with a double and an RBI. Justin Villanueva had a strong start on the mount to get the ‘Roos their first win of the season, surrendering two earned runs in 5.2 innings of work while striking out six in the team’s 5-4 victory on Saturday. This weekend the ‘Roos are home for a three game set with the University of Dallas as they step into conference play.

No. 23/25 Birmingham-Southern
dropped their opening two games of the 2012 season to Emory (7-5, L) and Berry (10-7, L) in less than ideal baseball playing conditions. Against Emory, BSC was led by Stephen Denton and Austin Justice who combined to go 4 for 6 with 3 runs batting in the 1-2 spot in the order. Designated-hitter Jeremy Hatley was 1 for 4 with 3 RBI in a losing effort. Against Berry, the Panthers were led by junior first baseman Bruce Maxwell who was 3 for 4 with a run scored and drove in a run. The Panthers return to action on February 17-19 as they travel to Fayetteville, N.C. to take on Lynchburg, Methodist (N.C) and Frostburg State.

Centre will open its season Tuesday, February 21 when the y travel to Spalding. The Colonels are coming off a 13-22 (6-9 SCAC) 2011 season. Centre’s home opener is scheduled for Saturday, February 25 in a double-header with Earlham.

(6-0) went 3-0 on the week, sweeping Sul Ross State in Alpine, Texas. Saturday's doubleheader began with a 5-4 Dallas victory. Junior right fielder Adam Farris put the Crusaders on the scoreboard in the first inning, with a three-run homer to right field. Junior right-hander Michael Byers (2-0) went six and one-thirds, allowing eight hits and four earned-runs while striking-out four hitters. Senior right-handed pitcher Michael Schweiss registered his first save of the season. Dallas capped the day with a 9-6 game-two triumph. Right-hander Jacob Bruns (1-0) was the winning pitcher on record, pitching the second, third and fourth-inning in relief of senior righty Stephen Hansen. Dallas staved off SRSU, 9-8, on Sunday to complete back-to-back three-game sweeps. Junior southpaw Chris Schierhorn pitched the first four innings for the Crusaders, giving up two earned-runs on seven hits and a walk. He managed to strike-out four. Allred left the yard for a third time this season, with a three-run blast in the first inning.

went 2-1 at the Texas-Tyler Clements Fluids Classic, including a 12-8 victory over the host #23 UT-Tyler. On Friday, Texas Lutheran jumped out to a 7-0 lead, but Hendrix made a game of it, scoring six runs before the Bulldogs' reliever closed out the game in the ninth. Senior second baseman Clark Sims went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a double. On Saturday, the Warriors picked up their first win over a ranked opponent, topping UT-Tyler on their home field. Hendrix pounded out 12 hits, including home runs by senior designated hitter Nathan Harr and Radack, who went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBI. Harr had two hits and knocked in four. Senior Geoff Lomax earned his first win of the season and sophomore Thomas Weber struck out four in a four-inning save. Hendrix ended the weekend with a 4-3 victory over Freed-Hardeman on Sunday. Radack extended his nine-game hit streak, dating back to last year with three hits and three RBI. Freshman right fielder Matt Simmons had two hits, including a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth that proved to be an important insurance run. Hendrix begins SCAC play on Saturday and Sunday at Trinity. 

Millsaps opened up the 2012 season this past week as they took on great competition while winning two out of three. Millsaps started things off on Tuesday with a thrilling come-from-behind win over cross town rival Belhaven to take a 1-0 lead in the Maloney Series and earn their first win of the season. Senior Andrew Evans bases loaded, two RBI base hit with two outs in the ninth gave Millsaps the 8-7 win. The Majors used eight pitchers on the day as junior Alex Granier earned the win for Millsaps to go to 1-0 on the season. On Friday as freshman William Chenoweth pitched five shutout innings on the way to an 11-3 win. On Sunday, Millsaps took on No. 24 Piedmont and found itself in a pitching duel. After both teams opened up the first inning with a run apiece, the Majors could not find any offense despite great pitching from junior Will Edwards and freshman Samuel Doucet as they went on to fall to No. 24 Piedmont 3-1. Millsaps returns to action on Friday, February 17th as they travel to Clarksville, Ark. to take on Westminster College (Mo.).

got its season underway this past weekend by topping Covenant 8-5 on the road on Friday. In the win, the Petrels started to come alive in the fifth inning. first baseman Casey Tuttle provided the first hit and run of the game for Oglethorpe with a solo home run, the first of his career, tying the game. Oglethorpe exploded in the next two innings for three runs apiece. In the sixth, third baseman Nick Manai started the rally with a one-out double. Right fielder Cory Leff followed with an RBI single to give the Petrels their first lead of the game. Catcher Joseph Parillo advanced both himself and Leff into scoring position with a double, setting the table for the big blow of the inning, a two-run single by Tuttle. In the seventh, center fielder Vernon Trice led off the inning with a double. He then reached third on a Jake Spear sacrifice bunt and scored on a Ryan Grau fielder's choice-RBI. Oglethorpe pitching held off a late Covenant rally to secure the victory. The Petrels play at Huntingdon on Tuesday before playing a weekend series at the home of the Gwinnett Braves at Coolray Field.

went 3-1 in their first week of action during the 2012 season. Rhodes opened the year on Tuesday with a 13-1 victory over visiting LeMoyne-Owen. They then travelled to Montgomery, Ala. to take on Mississippi College on Saturday and a double header on Sunday against Huntingdon. Rhodes defeated Mississippi College 7-3 behind 6 six strong innings by senior RHP Austin Carden, en route to his second victory of the season. Junior RHP Matt Burnick collected his first save of the season as he threw innings of shutout baseball. The Lynx took the first game on Sunday against Huntingdon 2-0 behind a complete game shutout by junior RHP Jackson Baker. Rhodes then dropped the second game 11-7. The Lynx will return to action this weekend with a three game set against Wabash this coming weekend.

will open up its 2012 baseball season on February 18 hosting Johnson Bible for a double-header. The Tigers are coming off a 10-21 (0-11 SCAC) season from a year ago.

lost all three games to Mary Hardin-Baylor this past week as the Pirates continue to search for their first win of 2012 (0-7). Playing at home, the Pirates came up short against the Cru, 8-4. Leading SU was DH Lance Gottardy who went 2 for 4 with two RBI. Traveling to Belton for two games on Saturday, Southwestern lost a pair of 3-1 ball games. Cray Betts was 3 for 3 with a run scored. In the second game Saturday, UMHB’s Taylor Burrow yielded just one unearned run while no-hitting the Pirates. Southwestern returns to action on Tuesday, February 14 when they host Schreiner in a double-header. Southwestern closes the week with a three-game set against Texas Lutheran on Friday and Saturday.

No. 22 Trinity
improved to 5-0 to start the season, winning all three games at Concordia University’s Rudy’s BBQ Tornado Classic over the weekend. The Tigers opened the tournament with a 7-0 shutout against Howard Payne, highlighted by Josh Fink’s pitching performance.  Fink pitched seven innings before he allowed his first hit, and it would be the only one of the game as Fink and Franklin Bay combined for the shutout. Not to be outdone, Ben Klimesh followed that performance with a complete-game shutout the next afternoon, striking out 13 batters in the 1-0 victory over Louisiana College. That evening, Trinity and Concordia – two playoff teams a year ago – met in the tournament finale. The Tigers earned a 3-2 victory to finish the weekend, holding off a late rally by the home team. Trinity’s 5-0 start to the season is its best since the 2005 squad opened the year with six straight wins. Trinity’s best start under head coach Tim Scannell was the 2004 team that began the season with 10 consecutive victories. Trinity will play five games this week, beginning with a three-game series against Centenary on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Tigers then open SCAC play with a two-game weekend series against Hendrix. Last season, Trinity won three out of five regular season games against the Warriors, with each team winning its series at home. The Tigers then defeated Hendrix in the SCAC Championship game at the end of April to earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Playoffs.

For the complete SCAC Baseball Diamond Weekly for Week 2, click here.