CHICAGO – On a cold and rainy afternoon, the University of Chicago baseball team lost to North Park University 8-4 on Wednesday.
The Maroons dropped to 13-14 while the Vikings moved to 13-21. The game was ended by the umpires after the conclusion of the eighth inning due to field conditions.
North Park took advantage of their opportunities, scoring in each of the opening four innings and six out of eight innings total. With the Vikings ahead 2-0 after the top of the first, UChicago halved the deficit in the bottom half. Junior designated hitter Nicholas Toomey doubled to center field and freshman catcher Ian Bohn immediately plated him with an RBI single up the middle.
The visitors kept steadily scoring against the Maroon pitchers and led 6-1 through the top of the seventh. UChicago struggled offensively up to that point, when Toomey singled and junior shortstop Ryan Krob was hit by a pitch to put a pair of runners on. Freshman outfielder Josh Parks banged a hard single to right field to score Toomey.
In the eighth inning, sophomore outfielder Max Larsen stepped to the dish and hammered a high, drifting fly ball down the right field line. The ball hooked around the foul pole for a solo home run – his first of the season. Three batters later, Toomey recorded an RBI fielder's choice to account for the final 8-4 score.
UChicago finished with nine hits offensively and two errors defensively. Larsen, Parks and Toomey all had two hits and one RBI apiece.
The Maroons utilized five different pitchers on the day. Sophomore Chase Packard (0-1) took the loss in his first career start. He tossed the initial two innings with three runs, six hits and three strikeouts. He was relieved by freshman Alex McGimpsey (2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 K); followed by junior Thomas Prescott (3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 K); freshman Isaac Johnston (0.1 IP, 2 R, 2 BB); and freshman Michael DiStefano (0.2 IP, 1 H).
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