Baseball Sweeps Swedes; Earns Sole Possession of First
April 19, 2011
Sterling, Kan. – By sweeping the Bethany Swedes in a four game series that ended on Monday, the Sterling College Warrior baseball team has a two game lead on top of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) with eight games remaining in the 2011 regular season. The Warriors won 8-6, 11-7, 3-1, and 3-2 in the four games to improve to a 17-3 KCAC record, 25-17 overall.
In the opening game of the series, Bethany used a late game rally to force the game into extra innings. Tied at six runs a piece, the Warriors then scored two runs in the top of the ninth. Chris Trujillo would shut down the Swedes in the bottom half of the inning, and Sterling would win with a final score of 8-6.
Bonus baseball would again be played in the second game as SC would tie the score in the top the seventh on a Bethany error on a play that could have ended the game. The Warriors would take advantage of the extra inning, lighting up the scoreboard with five eighth inning runs, four of which came on a Chad Johnson grand slam. Matt Eshleman would give up one run to the Swedes in the bottom half of the eighth and Sterling would win 11-7.
Pitcher Danny Valenzuela would earn a complete game victory in the third game of the series for Sterling. Val