March 11, 2013
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.—After opening its season Saturday with a sweep of Westmoreland County (Pa.), the Carl Sandburg College baseball was shut out in a pair of contests Sunday.
The Chargers (2-2) held Westmoreland County to just nine hits in Saturday’s doubleheader while knocking out 15 hits of their own. Sandburg won the opener 11-1 and took Game 2 7-2.
Sophomore Tim Chick (Monmouth, Ill./Monmouth-Roseville) tossed a complete game in the season opener, giving up four hits, striking out two and walking two. Sophomore outfielder Billy King (Peoria, Ill./Notre Dame) led the Chargers’ offense by going 3 for 5 with two runs, two RBIs and a pair of steals. Sandburg scored in every inning, highlighted by a four-run second.
Freshman pitcher Tim Rossell (Galesburg, Ill./Galesburg) threw six shutout innings in his collegiate debut to pick up the victory in Game 2. Rossell allowed three hits, walked two and struck out six. Up 3-0, the Chargers blew the game open with a four-run sixth inning.
"It was a great first day of baseball for the year,” said Sandburg coach T.J. Lindburg, whose team didn’t commit an error until the final inning of Game 2. “We had not stepped foot on a field yet this year and came out and pretty much played flawless baseball.”
Freshman left-hander Zach Zwenger (Glendale, Mo./Hazelwood West) suffered a tough-luck loss in Sandburg’s first game Sunday, falling 1-0 to Delaware Tech. Zwenger didn’t allow a run until Delaware Tech used back-to-back singles sandwiched around a wild pitch with two outs in the seventh to score the game’s lone run. Sophomore catcher Michael Harp (Irondale, Mo./West St. Francis) and sophomore third baseman Andrew Sprenke (St. Charles, Mo./Francis Howell Central) had the Chargers’ only two hits.
Sandburg pitched well again in Game 2, only to come up short 2-0 against Salem (N.J.). Freshman Jeff Trokey (St. Louis/Troy Buchanan) took a shutout into the sixth before yielding a pair of runs and giving way to Brad Moody (Chatsworth, Ill./Prairie Central). The Chargers were held to just three hits in the contest.
Sandburg has Monday off before continuing its Spring Break trip with games Tuesday at 1 p.m. against Lackawanna (Pa.) and 4 p.m. against Northampton (Pa.).
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