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Chargers Sweep North Arkansas for 1st Home Wins of Season

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March 28, 2014
GALESBURG—The Carl Sandburg College baseball team picked up its first home victories of the season Thursday, sweeping North Arkansas 8-2 and 13-8 at the William “Bill” Hungate Baseball/Softball Complex.

The Chargers (6-6) won the opener behind three RBIs from sophomore Ryan Wendt (Red Bud, Ill./Red Bud) and a strong effort on the mound from sophomore starter Brad Moody (Chatsworth, Ill./Prairie Central).

Moody didn’t allow an earned run in six innings while striking out eight and walking one en route to the picking up the victory.

Trailing 2-1 in the third inning of Game 1, the Chargers tied it when freshman Dean Ballenger (O’Fallon, Mo./Francis Howell Central) tripled in a run. Sandburg took the lead for good one batter later when a North Arkansas error on Moody’s grounder to second plated a pair of runs. The Chargers added two more in the fifth and three in the sixth to pull away.

Sandburg took a 6-4 lead in the third inning of Game 2 with a two-run home run from freshman Noble Hampton (Florissant, Mo./Hazelwood Central) to cap a four-run frame.

Ballenger added a solo blast to left in the Chargers’ four-run fourth. Wendt went 3 for 4 with three runs as the Chargers knocked out 10 base hits in Game 2.

Sophomore right-hander Jon Kupfert (Peoria, Ill./Notre Dame) went the distance to pick up the victory. He allowed two earned runs on eight hits while striking out three and not issuing a walk.

Sandburg 8, North Arkansas 2 (Game 1)
North Ark.      002      000      0          —        2          6          4
Sandburg       102      023      x          —        8          9          1
Prinner 2-3. Swagerty (L, 12 K, 1 BB) and Bunker.
Ballenger 2-4, Wendt 2-4, Judson 2-4. 3B-Ballenger. RBI-Wendt 3, Ballenger. Moody (W, 8 K, 1 BB), Johnson (7th, 0 K, 0 BB) and Windsor.

Sandburg 13, North Arkansas 8 (Game 2)
North Ark.      004      004      0          —        8          8          6
Sandburg       114      403      x          —        13        10        7
Prinner 2-4. HR-D. Mills. RBI-D. Mills 2, C. Mills 2, Kane. Baker (L, 7 K, 2 BB), Kane (5th, 1 K, 1 BB) and Jones.
Wendt 3-4, Ballenger 2-4, Giertz 2-4. 2B-Wendt, Ballenger. HR-Noble, Ballenger. RBI-Hampton 2, Giertz, Wendt, Judson, Johnson, Staggs, Ballenger. Kupfert (W, 3 K, 0 BB) and Giertz.