FORT MYERS, Fla.- The Rockford University baseball team returned to action today to play two games. The first came against Baldwin Wallace College. The Regents were seeking their fourth straight victory to open the young season. Rockford had their hands full as Baldwin Wallace was undefeated on the season as well at 7-0. Unfortunately, the Regents were unable to upend the Yellow Jackets as they fell by the final of 11-6.
Both teams were locked in a pitcher's duel early on. Rockford was able to manufacture a run home in the second inning to take the early 1-0 lead. The run came when Kraemer Brandt (Elk Grove, Ill.) put down a beautifully executed squeeze bunt to plate Mitchell Gorsuch (Cherry Valley, Ill.) from third base. The score remained the same until the fourth inning when Baldwin Wallace was able to take advantage of a few bloop hits to the outfield to plate three runs. The Yellow Jackets tacked on another run in the fifth to take a 4-1 lead.
However, in the bottom of the fifth the Regents responded with two runs of their own to tie the game at 4-3. The scoring began when Bryce Hinkelman (Ottawa, Ill.) roped an RBI double to the center field fence to drive in Cole Logemann (Lena, Ill.) from first base. Two batters later, Gorsuch hit an RBI groundout to the third basemen to bring in Hinkelman. Unfortunately, the Yellow Jackets were able to capitalize on some Regent miscues in the sixth inning posting four runs. Rockford now trailed 8-3. The Regents again clawed back with two runs in the sixth inning. The runs came when Seth Sanderson (Fulton, Ill.) hit a clutch two-run single to right center field to drive in Britton Seivert (Rockford, Ill.) and Kraemer Brandt.
After Baldwin Wallace was able to tack on three more runs to take an 11-5 lead, Rockford was able to add on one more run in the bottom of the ninth. Unfortunately, it was not enough as the Regents fell by the final of 11-6.
Starting in his first collegiate game on the mound was Dalton Morris (Somonauk, Ill.). Morris was outstanding for the first three innings as he did not allow a hit until the fourth. After a couple of bloop hits, he ended throwing 4 1/3 innings allowing 4 runs, all earned, on 4 hits and striking out 2. Nickolas Hutten (Mundelein, Ill.), Joe Preston (Touhy, Neb.), Christian Pearcy (Tucson, Ariz.) and Gary Broenneke (Chicago, Ill.) combined to throw the final 4 2/3 innings.
Leading the Regents offensively was Bryce Hinkelman who went 3-for-4 with an RBI double, a run scored and a walk. Mitchell Gorsuch went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Britton Seivert went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
RU returns to action this afternoon to take on Thiel College in Fort Myers, Fla. which is currently in progress.