COLUMBIA, Ky. – No. 15-ranked Lindsey Wilson baseball played two games on Friday afternoon, defeating Bethel (Ind.) College 12-6 and losing to Taylor (Ind.) University 3-1 in the nightcap at Egnew Park.
Lindsey Wilson (6-7) used a seven run first inning to take an early 7-1 lead over Bethel. Mark Silva got things started with a single, followed by a walk by Derek Shugart and a bunt single by Alex Bautista to load the bases for Jordan Berry. Berry singled to center to score Silva and Shugart to give the Blue Raiders a 2-1 lead.
Bethel starting pitcher Aaron Patterson struck out and forced a ground out to get the next two batters before a defensive error on a Nick Hoffman at bat gave Lindsey Wilson an unearned run to make it 3-1. With runners on second and third, Mike Croft was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Michael Rosario who drew a walk to score Berry and make it 4-1. Silva, with the bases loaded, singled to right-center to plate Hoffman and Croft and extend the lead to 6-1.
Rosario made it 7-1 after scoring on a throwing error by the Pilots catcher. Patterson got out of the inning when Bautista was called for batter interference.
The Blue Raiders would add another run in the second inning when Hoffman singled down the left-field line to score Berry and make it 8-1.
The Pilots got three runs back in the top of third when the Blue Raiders made an error to allow Andrew Whitlow to score. On the second miscue of the inning, the Pilots would take advantage and score two more runs to cut the lead to 8-4.
In the bottom half of the third with a runner on first, Berry hit his first homerun of the season to make it 10-4. Hoffman later singled in Osnowitz to make it 11-4.
The Blue Raiders Jeandro Andino hit a homerun in the fifth inning to make it 12-4. The Pilots would add two more runs in the sixth and seventh inning before the Blue Raiders closed out the game 12-6.
Kevin Klaess went five innings, allowing four runs – one earned – on six hits with three strikeouts to grab his first win on the season. Keith Patton entered the game in the sixth inning, going two innings allowing two runs, both unearned, on four hits and one strikeout. Pilots Patterson took the loss, allowing seven hits and 10 runs – five earned – in two-and-one-third innings.
In game two, the Blue Raiders struggled to get on the board as they fell behind 1-0 in the third inning to Taylor. Taylor's starting pitcher, Josh DeGraff got the first six Blue Raiders out before allowing a hit to Russ Morse to open the third inning. That was all Lindsey Wilson could do as he would get the next three batters to fly-out to preserve the 1-0 lead heading into the top of the fourth.
Lindsey Wilson's Matt Lashlee, giving up an early 1-0 lead, was able to put the side down in order in the fourth inning. The Blue Raiders offense would get a spark when Berry doubled to center field and Osnowitz singled him in to tie the game at 1-1 after four.
DeGraff shut the Blue Raiders down the rest of the way, as the Trojans offense would give him two more runs in the fifth and sixth inning to make it 3-1. DeGraff went seven innings, allowing one run on five hits with six strikeouts and on walk to record his second win of the season.
Lashlee took the loss, his third on the season, going six innings allowing five hits and three runs – two earned – with three strikeouts and four walks. Sam Ross came in to start the sixth, allowed no runs, no hits and finished with two strikeouts.
Lindsey Wilson returns to the diamond on Saturday, Feb. 22 for a 12 p.m. CT start against Taylor and 5 p.m. CT start against Judson (Ill.) University.