UChicago Baseball Loses Series Opener 5-2 at Schreiner

Connor Hickey
Connor Hickey

KERRVILLE, Texas – The University of Chicago baseball team began a busy spring break road trip against Schreiner University on Saturday, with the Maroons dropping a 5-2 decision.

The host Mountaineers (9-13 record) claimed an early three-run lead in the bottom of the second. Senior centerfielder Connor Hickey struck back immediately with a triple in the top of the third, scoring two, but UChicago could not muster another run the rest of the way.

Senior righthander Brenton Villasenor (1-2) took the loss, allowing four earned runs and seven hits across five innings while striking out three.

A leadoff single and a passed ball placed a Schreiner baserunner in scoring position with none out in the bottom of the first, but the Maroon infield dealt with the threat as Villasenor induced two grounders. Sophomore shortstop Brian Lyle fielded the first and cut down the lead runner at third base. The batter reached first on the fielder's choice only to set up an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play.

The second inning saw Schreiner place the leadoff batter on base again and this time the Mountaineers took advantage. A strikeout and grounder got two quick outs, although the runner advanced to second. A single and a steal left runners on second and third before another single drove them home. After another run crossed, a grounder to first ended the inning with UChicago down 3-0.

The Maroons answered quickly as sophomore second baseman James Kelly singled for the visitors' first hit of the day. Lyle followed up with a single of his own, then Hickey's triple cleared the bases to make it 3-2. Junior rightfielder Payton Jancsy walked and stole second to put the go-ahead run in scoring position with the tying run already on third, but a pair of strikeouts brought an end to the budding rally.

Schreiner padded its one-run lead in the bottom of the sixth with a leadoff homer and threatened to add more after a pair of singles. At this point, junior righthander Patrick Rogers relieved Villasenor, drawing a groundout that advanced both runners. After intentionally filling the bases, Rogers turned the ball over to senior righty Ravi Bakhai. A sacrifice fly into foul territory allowed another run to cross, but Bakhai struck out the next batter to halt the offensive.

UChicago had a chance to pull back into the game after drawing consecutive walks in the top of the eighth, but nothing came of it after a strikeout and ground ball. Senior righthander Joe Liberman did not allow a hit over the final two innings, walking one and striking out one.

The Maroons were limited to four hits while making two errors.

NEXT GAMES:

  • Sunday, Mar. 24 @ 12:00 PM – UChicago at Schreiner (DH)