In a key match-up in Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) play, the Peru StateCollege (PSC) Bobcat baseball team gained a split with the HAAC’s second-place team.
In action on Tuesday, the Bobcats dropped the first game 2-1 before capturing the nightcap 8-5 over the visiting Evangel University Crusaders.
With the split, PSC improves to 21-13 overall and 6-8 in the HAAC, tying them with Central Methodist for seventh in the conference race. Evangel moves to 11-5 in the HAAC, still in second place, and is now 22- 15 overall.
Game One Action
The Bobcats took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, which stood until the top of the fifth.
Jonathan Castillo (Paterson, N.J.) reached base on an error by a Crusader and went to second as the wild throw went into Evangel’s dugout. Randy Santiesteban (Hialeah, Fla.) was hit by a pitch giving the ‘Cats runners at first and second. On a passed ball, Castillo went to third and later scored as the Crusaders turned a double play.
Evangel was able to put across two runs in the top of the fifth and held onto take game one 2-1. Castillo and Jeff Eubank (Fort Pierce, Fla.) were the only Bobcats to get hits against Evangel.
Bryan Duncan (Seattle, Wash.) threw a complete game for the ‘Cats and suffered the loss. Duncan gave up four hits, two runs – both earned, and struck out five. With the loss, Duncan is now 4-2 on the year.
Game Two Action
Evangel got on the board first in the top of the first inning as they pushed across a couple of runs to lead 2-0.
The Bobcats would counter with one run in the bottom of the inning as Castillo doubled deep to left field. Following two outs, Kyle Fredrickson (Omaha) singled down the left-field line driving in Castillo. Another out followed, but PSC had cut the deficit to one at 2-1.
It was the bottom of the third where the Bobcats had a huge inning.
Santiesteban singled to first and went to second on a wild pitch. Castillo moved Santiesteban to third as he singled thru the hole at second base. Tyler Croushorn (Omaha) then singled thru the hole at second and Santiesteban scored to tie the game at 2-2. Castillo advanced to third and Croushorn went to second on the throw. Eubank grounded out, but was credited with an RBI as Castillo scored, giving PSC a 3-2 lead.
Fredrickson doubled to deep right driving in Croushorn. “Speed Racer” Mitch Roberts (Blue Springs) entered to pinch run for Fredrickson at that point and scored when Derek Voigt (Auburn, Wash.) reached base on a dropped fly ball. After the second out, Brenden Gentry (Sallisaw, Okla.) reached on a walk, again, putting runners on first and second. Gus Arcia (Caracas, Venezuela) singled up the middle driving in Voigt with Gentry staying at second. The Bobcats had batted around as Santiesteban came back up and singled up the middle bringing home Gentry. A single by Castillo drove in Arcia to end the scoring for PSC in the inning.
The ‘Cats had scored seven runs on eight hits and one Crusader error, but left two on base. After three, PSC led 8-2.
Evangel scored two in the top of the fifth to cut it to 8-4 and then added one in the top of the seventh, but were posed to score more as they had the bases loaded with no outs.
Castillo went four for four to lead PSC and drove in one. Croushorn was three for four and also had one RBI while Fredrickson was two for four and was the team leader with two RBI.
Aubrey Dezarn (Las Vegas, Nev.) started on the hill for PSC and pitched five innings, gaining his first win in a Bobcat uniform. Dezarn gave up six hits (five of which came in the first two innings), four runs – all earned, and had five strikeouts.
Lincoln Mansch (Missoula, Mont.) came in to relieve Dezarn in the sixth and threw one and one-third innings, scattering five hits, and giving up one earned run. Danny Borst (Moreno Valley, Calif.) relieved Mansch in the seventh with the bases loaded and was able to get the final three outs, including one strikeout. For Borst, it was his second save of the season.
This weekend, April 14 and 15, Peru State has a pair of conference double headers with Avila University.
Game time for both days is 1 p.m. On Sunday, following the games, the 15 Bobcat seniors will be
Monday, April 16, will be the make-up date for the rained out double header with Benedictine from this
past Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.
After their 11-game home stand, the Bobcats will travel to Concordia University in Seward for a double
header scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.