BELTON, Texas – The University of Chicago baseball team used a big offensive third inning and a solid start from senior Ricardo Fernandez to defeat Mary Hardin-Baylor in the Maroons' first game in Texas, winning 13-6 Tuesday.
The Maroons (6-3) captured their sixth-straight win in the process, scoring eight runs in the third frame to take a commanding 11-0 lead early.
Junior Connor Hickey got things started in the first inning, singling and stealing second to lead off the contest. He would later score on an Ian Bohn RBI-groundout to make it 1-0 UChicago after one. First-year Brian Lyle and Hickey each provided RBI-singles in the second inning to push the visitors' lead to three, before the floodgates opened in the third frame.
The UMHB pitching staff struggled in the third, walking Josh Parks to lead off the inning. He advanced to third on back-to-back singles by Brady Sarkon and Payton Jancsy before scoring on a wild pitch to make it 4-0, Maroons. The inning would feature two more walks, Lyle was hit by a pitch and both Jancsy and Maximiliano Larsen – who added an RBI-double – would score on wild pitches in a crazy frame.
Bohn added an RBI single and Parks would return to the plate with an RBI-double down the right-field line to complete the eight-run barrage.
The Cru (8-13) didn't score until the bottom of the fourth, one of those unearned due to a Maroon error.
UChicago would complete its scoring with two more runs in the fifth, as Parks drove in another run with a single and then later scored on Jancsy's RBI-groundout. UMHB did get four runs in the bottom of the sixth, but junior Ravi Bakhai shut down the hosts the rest of the way, throwing three scoreless innings to seal the win.
Fernandez threw the game's first four innings and earned the win, giving up just three hits, walking two, and striking out three while only allowing one earned run. Sophomore Patrick Rogers relieved in the fifth inning, while Bakhai gave up just three hits, one earned run, didn't walk a batter and struck out seven of the 15 batters he faced.
The Maroons totaled 16 hits on the day, led by three players with three hits each: Hickey (3-for-6, two RBI, two runs), Bohn (3-for-6, two runs, two RBI) and Parks (3-for-4, two runs, two RBI). Jancsy finished 2-for-5 with an RBI, Lyle was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Larsen and Parks each had doubles.
The 16 hits was one off UChicago's season-high of 17, which the Maroons set in a 16-0 win over Grinnell College March 4.
- Wednesday, March 21: UChicago at Southwestern (Texas), 6 PM CT