May 6, 2013
GALESBURG—The Carl Sandburg College baseball team closed the final weekend of the regular season by taking three of four games at Prairie State and Rock Valley. The Chargers saw Prairie State snap their six-game winning streak but rebounded to earn a split on Saturday. Sandburg then added a pair of seventh-inning rallies to sweep a twinbill at Rock Valley on Sunday.
Prairie State took Saturday’s opener 1-0, scoring the game’s lone run in the third inning. The Chargers’ Zach Zwenger suffered the hard-luck loss, giving up a run on four hits in six innings while striking out five and walking three. Sandburg also was held to four hits, all singles.
The Chargers scored three runs in the sixth inning of Game 2 to rally for a 4-3 victory. Trailing 3-1, Andrew Sprenke’s RBI double cut the deficit to one, and Billy King followed with a two-run double to center that put Sandburg ahead.
Jon Kupfert earned the complete-game victory on the mound, allowing three runs on nine hits with six strikeouts and no walks. Sprenke finished with a pair of hits and two runs scored, and Blake Durflinger also had a pair of hits for the Chargers.
Sandburg staged another late rally to beat Rock Valley 5-4 in Sunday’s opener. After Rock Valley scored in the fifth to jump ahead 4-3, the Chargers plated a run in both the sixth and seventh.
Brett Martinez led off the sixth with a single, moved up on a wild pitch and error and then scored on Josh Wade’s sacrifice fly. Connor Shaw put the Chargers ahead with a two-out single in the seventh to score Sprenke.
Brad Moody picked up the win in exchange for three scoreless innings in relief of Tim Chick. Moody, who allowed just one hit, issued a one-out walk in the seventh but induced a game-ending double play.
The Chargers used some seventh-inning magic again in Game 2, scoring twice in their last at-bat for a 5-3 victory. King led off the inning with a triple and scored on Brian Pflum’s single to right, his third hit of the game. After a single and sacrifice bunt, Plum added an insurance run when he scored on Travis Windsor’s squeeze bunt.
Tim Rossell tossed two scoreless innings out of the bullpen for the win. Starter Brendan Butrimas went the first five frames, allowing three runs on just two hits and two walks with a pair of strikeouts.
Sandburg (24-23) closes out the regular season with a nine-inning game at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Southeastern Iowa. The Chargers have won nine of their last 10 games and are above .500 for the first time since April 6, when they were 9-8.