CHICAGO – The University of Chicago baseball team continued its season-long success on its home field with a 6-2 win against visiting Calvin College on Tuesday afternoon.
The Maroons improved to 12-10 and dropped the Knights to 10-18 on the season. UChicago is now 6-1 at J. Kyle Anderson Field.
Solid pitching was once again the big key to a Maroon victory. In its 12 wins, the pitching staff has a combined ERA of 1.53. The home team went with a committee approach, using six different pitchers. Junior Thomas Prescott (1-0 record) got the win with two innings, one run, three hits and one strikeouts. Freshman Ravi Bakhai started the opening two innings with one hit and two strikeouts, while freshman Alex McGimpsey also went two innings with three hits, two walks and four strikeouts. Three others threw one inning each – freshman Isaac Johnston, sophomore Chase Packard (1 H, 1 K) and sophomore Michael Davis (1 R, 2 H, 1 K).
Offensively, UChicago banged out 15 hits. Senior third baseman Tim Sonnefeldt, freshman outfielder Connor Hickey and freshman second baseman Max Brzostowski all had three hits apiece. Freshman outfielder Josh Parks also went 2-for-5.
Runners left on base became a theme for both teams. There were a total of 27 stranded runners in the game, including three bases-loaded scenarios.
UChicago capitalized on its initial opportunity when Sonnefeldt led off the first with a single and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Calvin knotted the game up at 1-1 in the third. A double, hit-by-pitch and RBI single started the frame. But the next three plate appearances all ended in outs to strand two runners in scoring position.
Three-straight singles with two outs in the bottom of the fourth put another UChicago run on the board. Hickey's hit scored Brzostowski, and a walk then loaded the bases. Calvin escaped via popup on the next pitch.
The Maroon pitching kept rolling with the one-run advantage. In the bottom of the seventh, the offense provided some breathing room with a four-run rally. Freshman designated hitter Brady Sarkon doubled to center field to score two, and Brzotowski brought him in as well with a single. A throwing error led to an unearned run.
With the 6-1 lead in hand, UChicago closed out the game in the ninth. The Knights scored one to get within 6-2, but Davis ended the proceedings with a strikeout looking and a grounder.
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