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Sandburg Baseball Downed by Black Hawk in Doubleheader

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April 26, 2013
GALESBURG—The Carl Sandburg College baseball team was swept by Black Hawk in an Arrowhead Conference doubleheader on Thursday at the William “Bill” Hungate Baseball/Softball Complex. The Braves took the opener 5-2 and broke a tie game in the seventh inning of Game 2 to win 8-3.

The Chargers (15-20, 5-9) evened the nightcap at 3-3 on Michael Harp’s run-scoring groundout in the bottom of the sixth inning, but Black Hawk used five hits and an error to score five times in the seventh.

The Braves’ late outburst left reliever Cory Cook as the losing pitcher. Sandburg’s Brendan Butrimas went the first five innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and five walks while striking out three.

Leadoff man Josh Wade had a pair of hits and two RBIs to lead the Chargers at the plate.

Black Hawk scored twice in the first inning of Game 1 and had a 4-1 lead after the fourth. Sandburg starter Kyle Mesecher recorded only four outs, allowing two runs on a hit and a walk.

Shortstop Brian Pflum led Sandburg with three singles and a run scored. Andrew Sprenke recorded the Chargers’ lone RBI with a third-inning single.

Sandburg plays a nonconference doubleheader at Kankakee at 2 p.m. Friday before returning home to host Illinois Valley in a conference twinbill at noon Saturday.