April 29, 2013
GALESBURG—After being swept in a nonconference doubleheader Friday at Kankakee, the Carl Sandburg College baseball bounced back by sweeping Illinois Valley on Saturday in an Arrowhead Conference twinbill at the William “Bill” Hungate Baseball/Softball Complex.
The Chargers took the opener against the Eagles 8-2 and came from behind to win Game 2 5-4.
Sandburg (17-22, 7-9) trailed 3-0 after the second inning of Game 2 against IVCC but tied it with a three-run third. It stayed that way until Blake Durflinger reached on a fielder’s choice that plated Billy King from third for the go-ahead run. The Chargers added on with Travis Windsor’s sacrifice that scored Durflinger from third for a 5-3 lead.
IVCC scored once in the seventh but stranded the tying run at second to end it as Brad Moody picked up the save. Jon Kupfert earned the win on the mound after allowing three runs on nine hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked one.
The Chargers were outhit 12-5 but took advantage of four walks and a pair of IVCC errors. Windsor led Sandburg with a pair of RBIs, and Josh Wade went 2 for 4 with a run scored.
Sandburg scored three in both the fifth and sixth in Game 1 to pull away for the victory. King’s three-run double in the sixth gave the Chargers an 8-1 lead. Andrew Sprenke added two hits and two RBIs, and Brian Pflum scored three times for Sandburg.
Zach Zwenger allowed a pair of runs on five hits in five innings for the win. He struck out eight and walked five. Tim Chick followed by retiring all six men he faced to pick up the save.
Kankakee scored all of its runs in the final four innings of Friday’s opener to win 12-2 in six innings. Sprenke had two hits, while Wade and King each drove in a run for the Chargers. Tim Rossell allowed eight runs on nine hits in five innings to take the loss.
Kankakee took Game 2 9-7 after Sandburg couldn’t hang on to a 6-5 lead after the third. Michael Harp drove in two for the Chargers, and Windsor, Sprenke and King each had two hits.
Jeff Trokey was saddled with the loss after giving up seven runs on 11 hits in four innings with three strikeouts and four walks.
The Chargers’ next action is an Arrowhead doubleheader at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Illinois Valley.