2014 Concludes with 7-2 Loss to Grand View
Waterloo–The Statesmen baseball team failed to hold an early lead, ending its season with a 7-2 loss to #5 seed Grand View in the Midwest Collegiate Conference Tournament Sunday.
#4 William Penn, which ended its season at 25-19, took the early advantage with a run in the top of the first. Cory DeRush (Jr., Grand Junction, Colo., Business Management) led off with a single and scored three batters later on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Keeton (Jr., McCordsville, Ind., Biology).
The team’s second run was tallied in the fourth as Matt Emerson (Jr., Saugus, Calif., Business Management) led off with a single. Pinchrunner Collin Schulz (Fr., Ottumwa, Iowa, Undecided) then advanced on a sacrifice bunt and touched home plate on a one-bagger by DeRush.
Unfortunately, the Vikings remained alive in postseason play by scoring the final seven runs of the contest, including two in the fifth, three in the sixth, and two more in the seventh.
WPU had several scoring opportunities, but left nine on base. The navy and gold put runners on in six frames, headlined by players in scoring position in the first, third, fourth, and eighth. A bases-loaded situation was squandered in the third.
DeRush finished 3-for-5, while Emerson was 2-for-3. Keeton also reached base twice with one hit and one walk. The Statesmen were outhit 9-8, while the teams combined for five errors with three by WPU.
Matt Vasquez (Jr., Lancaster, Calif., Business Management) worked six innings in the start, giving up five runs (four earned) on five hits. He fell to 5-2 in a game in which he struck out two.
Corey Lathram (Sr., Brentwood, Calif., Physical Education) had a rough relief outing, permitting two runs (both earned) on three hits in one inning (one K, one BB). Juvenal Terrazas (Jr., Sylmar, Calif., Physical Education) also appeared out of the bullpen, striking out one batter with one hit in one scoreless frame.
The loss ends the collegiate careers of Enrique Alvarado (Lancaster, Calif., Sociology), Aaron Broyles (Escondido, Calif., Physical Education), Caleb Cline (Pleasant Hill, Iowa, Physical Education), Jason Johnson (Geneseo, Ill., Industrial Technology), Lathram, Kyle Mauricio (Ardene Hills, Minn., Physical Education), Nick Minot (Winnetka, Calif., History/Government), Stan Simmons (Brooklyn, N.Y., Physical Education), Rafael Villafana (Sylmar, Calif., Communications), and Brian Williams (Los Angeles, Calif., Physical Education).