Maroon baseball edged by Chicago State 6-5

Connor Hickey
Connor Hickey

CHICAGO – In its final road game of the season, the University of Chicago baseball team lost a narrow 6-5 decision to Chicago State University on Wednesday night.

The Maroons dropped to 18-16 while the Cougars improved to 13-36.

The nine-inning game ended in a crisp two hours and 17 minutes as both teams played errorless ball. UChicago posted eight hits by seven different batters. Freshman outfielder Connor Hickey paced the effort by going 2-for-4.

Host Chicago State got on the board first with two runs in the bottom of the second inning, which came courtesy of an RBI double and a sacrifice fly. The Maroons answered quickly in the third by tying the score thanks to four-straight singles to open the inning. Sophomore outfielder Max Larsen drove in the first run with a base-knock through the right side, and Hickey followed with a squeeze-bunt single to bring in the runner from third base.

Once again, the Cougars came right back with two more scores in the bottom of the third to go up 4-2. A sacrifice fly and a bases-loaded walk accounted for the scoring. Chicago State added one more in the fourth via groundout.

The Maroons erased the gap with a trio of runs to tie the score 5-5 in the fifth. Two walks and a hit-by-pitch filled the bags with one out, and the runners all moved up 90 feet on a wild pitch. Junior shortstop Ryan Krob came up and singled up the middle to score Hickey. An RBI groundout from sophomore first baseman Michael Davis then knotted the game up.

Chicago State broke the stalemate with a leadoff home run in the bottom half of the fifth, and that would end the scoring for the evening contest under the lights.

The Maroons went by committee on the mound. Freshman pitcher Ravi Bakhai hurled the opening two innings, allowing two runs on five hits with one strikeout. He was then relieved by sophomore Ricardo Fernandez (1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 3 BB, 1 K), freshman Michael DiStefano (2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 K), freshman Alex McGimpsey (1 IP, 1 H) and junior Thomas Prescott (2 IP). DiStefano absorbed the loss to fall to 0-2 on the season.

NEXT GAME:

  • Friday, May 13 – Washington University-St. Louis at UChicago, 3 PM