Trojans Clinch Conference Tournament Bid
Saturday, April 23, 2011
by Jordan Argo
Lebanon, IL – The Trojans finished its four game series with McKendree University Saturday splitting a double-header, 3-0 and 1-2. With the win in game one, the Trojans clinched a spot in the American Midwest Conference Tournament.
In game one, all three Trojan runs came in the sixth inning with two outs. With two on, Levi Graham singled to left field to bring in Andrew Pollard for the Trojans’ first run. Marc Luttrell followed Graham’s RBI single with one of his own to increase the lead to two. HLGU’s final run came across after Justin Miller brought in Travis Mundahl with a single to left field.
Zach Bedsworth took the mound for the Trojans and didn’t leave as he threw a complete game shutout for a 3-0 win. In seven innings pitched, Bedsworth struck out five while only gaving up four hits in 24 batters faced to improve his record to 4-1.
The Bearcats took an early lead in game two of the double-header after Tyler Muren blasted a homerun over the left center field wall. McKendree didn’t score again until the fourth inning when it received a gift from the Trojans. After a Dan Corwin singled to left, the Bearcats brought in Jimmy Smith as a pinch runner. Smith returned the favor by stealing second, advancing to third on a balk and scoring on another balk to give McKedree a 2-0 lead.
The Trojans cut into the Bearcat lead in the sixth after Clint Hamilton singled to left field to score Josey Garnett from third. The Trojans failed to bring anymore runs across as Graham grounded into a fielder’s chose with the bases loaded to end the sixth.
Trojan pitcher Gabe Marshall followed the trend of throwing a complete game but didn’t get enough run support to earn a victory for the Trojans as he took the loss in a 2-1 game. In six innings pitched, Marshall gave up two runs on two hits and struck out seven while facing 23 batters. The loss lowers his record to 2-5 on the season.
With Saturday’s split, the Trojans’ record now stands at 24-27 overall and 9-15 in conference. The Trojans’ series against McKendree ends the regular season for HLGU as it now enters the conference tournament against an opponent yet to be determined.
Contact InformationCarolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations