Errors hamper UChicago baseball in 15-4 loss at Emory

Max Larsen
Max Larsen

ATLANTA, Ga. – The University of Chicago baseball team fell victim to walks and untimely errors in a 15-4 loss at Emory University on Saturday.

The Maroons dropped to 4-7 and the No. 7-ranked Eagles improved to 20-6.

UChicago scored four times in the first five innings; however, Emory's relief pitchers went 4-1/3 innings without allowing a base runner, striking out seven after the Maroons roughed up the Eagles' starter for 10 hits, four runs and three walks. Sophomore outfielder Max Larsen hit two doubles and went 3-for-4, while freshman outfielder Connor Hickey continued his hot hitting with two more hits (2-for-5) in the leadoff spot. Hickey is now batting a team-best .448 on the season.

The visitors got things started in the top of the first as Hickey and sophomore designated hitter Michael Davis hit back-to-back singles to the left side of the infield to put runners at first and second with nobody out. A wild pitch then put two men in scoring position for the Maroons. The Emory pitcher kept everybody at their base, recording the inning's first out on a comebacker. But freshman catcher Ian Bohn got UChicago on the board with a RBI ground ball out to the second basemen.

The home team scored in their half of the first and second to jump ahead. But in the top of the fourth, the Maroons got back on top with a two-run inning. Larsen doubled to lead things off and moved over on a sacrifice bunt. Hickey did one better, singling home Larsen and then swiping second to get himself in scoring position. Davis and Prescott both drew walks to load up the bases, then Bohn got his second RBI of the afternoon, beating out a potential inning-ending double play grounder to shortstop to give the Maroons a 3-2 lead.

Emory then went out and matched the Maroons in their half of the fourth, snatching the lead right back 4-3. UChicago spotted the Eagles one of their runs on their third error of the first four innings.

The Maroons came right back and tied things up in the top of the fifth on Larsen's RBI double, bringing home freshman outfielder Josh Parks who hustled all the way around from first. However, the offense ground to a halt as the next 14 UChicago batters were set down in order. Additionally, the Emory bats scored 11 more times in their final four innings at bat to get the 15-4 win.

UChicago's six pitchers walked 11 batters on the afternoon. Four defensive errors led to six unearned runs. Freshman Brenton Villasenor (1-2 record) started the game for the Maroons and was hit with the loss, turning in five innings with seven runs (four earned), seven hits, two walks and five strikeouts. Five pitchers came in relief, including sophomore Chase Packard (1 IP, 1 H, 2 R); freshman Alex McGimpsey (1 IP, 2 BB); senior Alex Athenson (0+ IP, 3 R, 3 BB); sophomore Robert Fuentes (0.2 IP, 3 R, 4 BB, 1 K) and freshman Miles Grogger made his collegiate debut with one strikeout on four pitches.

The Maroons outhit the Eagles 10-8.

NEXT GAME:

  • Wednesday, March 30 – Elmhurst College at UChicago, 3:30 PM