CHICAGO – Strong pitching performances by Joe Liberman and Jacob Petersen dominated the day as the University of Chicago baseball team did not allow any runs in a doubleheader sweep of University of Wisconsin-Superior on Sunday.
The Maroons (11-4 record) won all three games of the weekend series against the Yellowjackets (2-12) while only surrendering one run in 23 innings.
Game One – UChicago 1, Wisconsin-Superior 0
A pitching duel in the opening contest set the tone for the day. Liberman was up to the task for the Maroons, as the sophomore righthander combined his fastball and breaking ball effectively all game. Even when his fastball elevated or when he fell behind in counts, Liberman battled back and kept Wisconsin-Superior from making inroads on the scoreboard.
The game's lone run came in the bottom of the first. Sophomore outfielder Connor Hickey singled, stole second base and then scored on senior first baseman Thomas Prescott's single through the left side of the infield. UChicago's offense was held to five hits as the Yellowjackets' starting pitcher also limited good contact throughout.
Meanwhile, Liberman got stronger as the game progressed and put together his longest outing of the season. The sophomore went six innings, striking out five while only allowing two hits and three walks.
UChicago turned to freshman Nate Hendley to close out the game in the seventh. Hendley's hard heat caught Wisconsin-Superior flatfooted as he pumped fastballs past the visiting bats. The Yellowjackets laced a two-out double down the left field line to keep things interesting. But Hendley recovered and whiffed the final batter to earn his first collegiate save.
Game Two – UChicago 6, Wisconsin-Superior 0
In the second game, it was Jacob Petersen's turn to silence the opposing offense. Outside of two hit-by-pitches, the freshman righty was sharp over his six innings of work and did not record any walks. He struck out five batters compared to four hits.
Each time the Maroons encountered runners on the base paths, they was able to stymie any scoring opportunities. Petersen stranded two runners in the third and sixth innings, and improved his season record to 3-0. Junior Ricardo Fernandez pitched the seventh, allowing two hits and striking out two.
The Maroon bats came alive in the bottom of the third with four-straight hits leading to three runs. With two outs, junior outfielder Maximiliano Larsen blasted a long double before being driven in by sophomore catcher Ian Bohn's single. Sophomore outfielder Josh Parks doubled in senior designated hitter Nicholas Toomey and Bohn.
The fifth inning brought the score to 5-0. Junior first baseman Michael Davis chopped a single to the hole at shortstop to score Bohn from third base. Then freshman second baseman Payton Jancsy put down a squeeze bunt towards first base to plate Parks.
Bohn closed out the scoring with a RBI single in the bottom of the sixth as part of his 3-for-3 performance in the batter's box. Parks went 2-for-3 with two RBI while Larsen and Hickey were both 2-for-4. UChicago finished with 13 hits.
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