WPU Wins Three in Trio of Twinbills in Arizona

William Penn University Athletics

William Penn University Athletics

by Wade Steinlage

Tucson, Ariz.–The Statesmen baseball team recorded various results recently as it met up with three different opponents during its spring break trip.

William Penn, which owned a 7-8 record after its trip to the Southwest, opened by splitting a doubleheader with Concordia (Neb.) two Saturdays ago, falling 15-3 and winning 9-2.

Last Monday, the navy and gold swept Dakota Wesleyan 7-3 and 6-2, but were then swept by Briar Cliff Tuesday by scores of 11-0 and 8-5.

Concordia 15, WPU 3

Although it was outhit just 14-11 and also did not commit an error (CUNE had two), the Statesmen could not keep pace with its foe. Concordia scored in all six frames.

Julian Villegas (Sr., Wilmington, Calif., Sociology) tallied three hits, while Jimmy Blake (Jr., Seffner, Fla., Sports Management) and Cael Lambe (Dysart, Iowa, Sports Management) both had two base knocks. RaHeim Hampton (Jr., Richfield, Minn., Elementary Education) crossed home plate twice.

Michael Keegan (Sr., South San Francisco, Calif., Industrial Technology) managed five strikeouts in two innings of relief.

WPU 9, Concordia 2

Augie Voight (Jr., Waukegan, Ill., Secondary Education) was a strikeout machine in the nightcap, sitting down 12 Bulldog batters on strikes. His dozen Ks tie for the sixth-most in program history.

The offense was again solid (10-7 edge in hits) and WPU took advantage of seven Concordia errors to earn the split. The victors scored three runs in the first and fifth innings and two more in the fourth.

Villegas again led the way, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Hampton and Tanner Hamblin (So., Salem, Utah, Undecided) each tallied two base knocks, while Lambe came around twice to score.

WPU 7, Dakota Wesleyan 3

Unfortunately, stats are not yet available for this game.

WPU 6, Dakota Wesleyan 2

Unfortunately, stats are not yet available for this game.

Briar Cliff 11, WPU 0

Little went right against BCU in the first outing as WPU was outhit 11-2 and committed four fielding mistakes. Wilson Lorenzo (So., Fort Myers, Fla., Computer Science) held his own in four innings out of the bullpen, striking out four players.

Briar Cliff 8, WPU 5

While the score was closer, unfortunately it was much of the same in the second game with William Penn losing the hits battle 11-8 and suffering five errors.

All of the runs came in the first four innings. Villegas was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored, while Hamblin and Seth Reisbeck (Jr., Meridian, Idaho, History/Government) each recorded two hits apiece.

Next Up: William Penn returns to Oskaloosa for its home opener Saturday, hosting Graceland in a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.



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