Thunder Baseball continues to improve, but drops 2 to Baker University on Saturday

 Thunder Baseball traveled to play NAIA opponent Baker University in Baldwin City, KS on Saturday.

Despite Kaleb Schuckman's solid 6 inning pitching performance and solid defense in Game 1, MCC couldn't manage to get the timely hit and were shutout 6-0.   "We had one bad inning that led to Baker scoring 4 runs in the 2nd inning.  The last few games it has been the 2nd inning that has been our downfall."  said head coach Chad Jagerson.

The game was close the entire way, as MCC managed to get runners in scoring position a couple of times looking to chip away at the 4-0 lead, but a couple of baserunning errors and not being able to hit with runners on base cost the Thunder a chance to put pressure on the Wildcats.  "We just weren't able to get the timely hits.  I thought that we swung the bat better this game than any others, but the hits just weren't falling.  Plus, we were picked off a couple of times on the basepaths which didn't help either.  Something our team needs to get better at.  Now we are getting guys on base, we have to figure out a way to get them home."  said Jagerson.

James Wyman led the Thunder with two hits in three at bats.  MCC managed only 4 hits in the first game.

In game 2 MCC came out strong as leadoff hitter Larry Santos singled to start the game, but was thrown out trying to stretch it to a double.   Thunder held Baker to a scoreless 1st inning, but again came the bottom of the 2nd where Baker scored 3 runs on 3 hits putting the Thunder in a 3-0 hole.  " That 2nd inning was the death of us today."  said Jagerson.  Baker defeated the Thunder by a score of 5-0.

Starting pitcher Ian Lecki had a solid pitching performance lasting 5 2/3 allowing four hits and four runs while striking out two. Tanner Morris threw 2 1/3 innings in relief giving up one run and one hit while striking out two.  MCC held the Wildcats scoreless for 3 straight innings, but just couldn't manage to score any runs.  MCC left a whopping 16 men on base in game 2.

" We out hit Baker 8 to 5 in this game.  In fact we had several chances to score runs, but just couldn't get the hits to fall.  We had several hard hit balls this game, but they were right at their fielders.  We just needed 1 or 2 of those to drop and it would have been a different ball game.  This was one of our best games so far this season."

Kaleb Schuckman and Dakota Shurts each went 2-4 in game 2 to lead the Thunder.

MCC is on the road this weekend in a 3 game series against NCAA D2 Colorado Christian.  

 

 

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