CHICAGO – Early runs put the University of Chicago baseball team behind and eventually led to a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Grinnell College on Saturday. The second game of the doubleheader was cancelled due to rain.
The Maroons dropped to 17-11 and the Pioneers improved to 18-12.
With two outs in the first inning, Grinnell strung together three-straight hits to score three runs. Another two-out double in the second inning led to a fourth run for the visitors.
UChicago almost broke through in a big way in the bottom of the second. Freshman second baseman Payton Jancsy singled through the left side to tally one RBI, and another single from senior third baseman Tim Sonnefeldt loaded the bases with one out. However, a fielder's choice force out at home plate and a fly out ended the threat.
Jancsy and Sonnefeldt both singled again to lead off the fourth. Sophomore shortstop Justin Lo's fielder's choice brought Jancsy around to make it 4-2.
Those would be the last runs either team would get in the seven-inning contest. Grinnell put runners on second and third with one out in the sixth. However, freshman pitcher Arno Curtis entered the game in relief and squelched the opportunity with a strikeout and a groundout to end the inning. UChicago put two runners on in the bottom of the seventh, but Grinnell got the third out.
Sophomore pitcher Brenton Villasenor (5-2 record) took the loss in 5.1 innings, allowing four runs. Curtis struck out two in 1.2 innings of work.
- Sunday, April 30 @ Noon – Grinnell at UChicago