Strong Pitching and Defense Propel Regents To Season Opening Victory

Brady Frank
Brady Frank

AUBURNDALE, Fla.- The Rockford University baseball team concluded their season opening game this morning against Alma College. After a long travel day the Regents started out slowly and were held without a hit the first six innings. However, their strong pitching and defense propelled Rockford to the victory by the final of 5-2. Rockford committed zero errors and recorded three double plays in the field.

The Regents got on the board first in the third inning when Kraemer Brandt (Elk Grove, Ill.) walked with one out in the inning. After an error and a wild pitch by Alma, Rockford had runners at second and third base with one out in the inning. Josh Bergbreiter (Elk Grove, Ill.) then drew a walk to bring up Cole Logemann (Lena, Ill.) Logemann proceed to hit a deep sacrifice fly to right-center field advancing all runners to give the Regents a 1-0 lead. Unfortunately, the Scots were able to add two runs to take the lead 2-1 heading into the seventh inning. 

Rockford's bats awakened in the seventh when Mitchell Gorsuch (Cherry Valley, Ill.) broke up the no-hitter with a double to the left-center field fence. Gorsuch was eventually driven in by Tyler Johnson (Chicago, Ill.). Johnson hit an RBI single to right field to knot the score up at 2-2. After the Regents loaded the bases, Logemann came up again and had an RBI hit by pitch to give Rockford the 3-2 advantage. 

In the eighth inning Rockford added on some insurance runs when Bryce Hinkelman (Ottawa, Ill.) laced a double down the left field line to lead off the inning. Austin Smith (Peru, Ill.) followed him up with an RBI ground rule double to give the Regents a 4-2 lead. Later in the inning Britton Seivert (Rockford, Ill.) executed a beautiful sacrifice squeeze bunt to tally on another run for Rockford, now leading 5-2. The Regents did not allow another run and won by the final of 5-2.

Starting on the mound for Rockford was David Camacho (Elk Grove, Ill.). Camacho threw six strong innings, giving up 2 runs, both earned, on seven hits and striking out five batters. He did a great job of getting himself out of jams throughout the game, as the Regents were able to record three double plays and throw out two runners attempting to steal. Following Camacho was Brady Frank (Freeport, Ill.). Frank was outstanding in the game throwing three shutout innings recording two strikeouts and only allowing two hits. He earned his first collegiate save for the effort. 

Leading Rockford offensively was Tyler Johnson going 1-for-1 with an RBI single and a stolen base. Austin Smith added an RBI double. Cole Logemann added two RBI's. Mitch Gorsuch and Bryce Hinkelman each recorded doubles.

RU returns to action this afternoon, March 3, to take on St. Mary's (MN) with a scheduled start time of 3 pm CST in Auburndale, Fla.