ELMHURST, Ill. – The University of Chicago baseball team rebounded from a tight Game 1 loss to pick up a doubleheader split at Elmhurst College Sunday afternoon.
The Maroons (18-9) defeated the Blue Jays (16-13) by a score of 3-1 in Sunday's second contest after falling in the day's opener, 2-1.
UCHICAGO 3, ELMHURST 1
The Maroons got on the board first, building a 3-0 lead midway through Game 2 and then held off the hosts down the stretch to pick up the day's equalizer.
Starter Joe Liberman (4-2) tallied his fourth win of the year in a stellar effort, throwing five innings without allowing an earned run. The junior scattered three hits, struck out three and didn't walk one, facing 19 batters.
The Maroons got on the board first in the third when Connor Hickey singled and then advanced to third on a Maximiliano Larsen base hit down the right-field line. Payton Jancsy then delivered the inning's RBI with a squeeze sacrifice bunt to make it 1-0 UChicago.
The visitors would get to more in the fourth, capitalizing on senior Matt Slodzinski's hit-by-pitch to lead off the frame. He would later advance to third and score – along with Brian Lyle (walk) – after Larsen's two-RBI single to left field made it a three-run lead.
The Blue Jays would answer with an unearned run in the sixth, but the Maroons' defense came through in the clutch in the seventh, completing a 4-6-3 double play with two runners on to end the game.
ELMHURST 2, UCHICAGO 1
With the game tied at 1-all, the Blue Jays captilized off two Maroon errors in the bottom of the seventh to score the walk-off win, courtesy of an RBI-single by James Wick.
Elmhurst got on the board first with a run in the fourth, scoring on a Tyler Kledzik sacrifice fly to take a 1-0 lead. The Maroons would respond, though, netting the equalizer with a run in the sixth.
But the Maroons were unable to capitalize with a runner in scoring positon in the seventh, giving the Blue Jays an opening to walk-off in the bottom of the frame.
UChicago tallied five hits against Elmhurst starter Austin MacMillan, who went all seven innings for his fourth win of the year, striking out one and walking one. Hickey (double), Josh Parks, Brady Sarkon, Payton Jancsy and Brian Lyle each recorded hits for UChicago.
Maroons' starter Chandler Yu threw a gem in his no-decision, scattering three hits, striking out four, walking one and giving up just one earned run in six innings pitched.
- Wednesday, April 25: UChicago at Rockford, 6 PM CT