NAPERVILLE, Ill. - The Rockford University baseball team dropped a tight 7-5 battle on Tuesday afternoon to the North Central College Cardinals. After taking a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning, the Cardinals scored the next seven runs to take a seemingly insurmountable 7-1 lead after seven innings of play. However, Rockford continued to battle scoring four runs in the top of the eighth to pull back within two at 7-5. Unfortunately, it was not enough as the Cardinals held on for the victory.
The Regents used two hits in the top of the third inning to break the scoreless tie. Britton Seivert (Rockford, Ill.) jump-started the RU offense with a leadoff single back up the middle. One batter later, Dalvin Ramos (Chicago, Ill.) crushed a double to right field and advanced to third when the Regents where thrown out trying to score on the play. Ramos then scored on the next play off a Tyler Johnson (Chicago, Ill.) RBI groundout.
The remainder of Rockford's runs came in the top of the eighth as the Regents demonstrated excellent discipline at the plate as well as some timely hitting. Dalvin Ramos, Kraemer Brandt (Elk Grove, Ill.) and Bryce Hinkelman (Ottawa, Ill.) all walked to load the bases with just one out. One batter Jose Miranda (Yuma, Ariz.) was hit by a pitch, scoring Ramos and making it a 7-2 game. Senior Mitchell Gorsuch (Cherry Valley, Ill.) then followed with a clutch RBI single to score Brandt. The Regents would also take advantage of a Cardinal error on the play to score their third run of the inning and pull within three. Fellow senior Patrick O'Malley (Elk Grove, Ill.) drove in the final run of the inning with an RBI groundout to cut the North Central lead down to just two. However, it was not enough as the Cardinals retired the Regents in order in the ninth to seal the win.
Spencer Lentz (Stillman Valley, Ill.) pitched well in his first start of the season on Tuesday. The junior went five solid innings allowing just two earned runs, while striking out 3 and walking one. Chad Thompson (Morton Grove, Ill.) turned in a solid performance out of the bullpen firing 1.1 scoreless innings and allowing just one hit.
The RU baseball team returns to the diamond on Saturday, April 22 at home against Concordia University Chicago. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for noon at Rivets Stadium.