April 6, 2014
The MacMurray College baseball team was the victim of two walk-off losses in a weekend that saw the Highlanders lose all three games in a conference series against Blackburn College.
The Highlanders wasted a another solid pitching outing by senior lefty Anthony Willeford in a 5-2 loss in eleven innings on Saturday afternoon at home against the Beavers.
Willeford struck out eight and gave up two unearned runs in nine innings. Blackburn scored a tying run with two outs in the top of the ninth to extend the game and then scored three runs off losing pitcher Connor Kurrle in the eleventh.
Aaron Krummrich gave the Highlanders a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning with a two-run double in the right-centerfield gap.
In Sunday's first game of a doubleheader at Blackburn, the Highlanders blew a 5-1 lead and lost 7-6 on a walk-off bloop single in the bottom of the seventh that drove in a pair of runs.
Alec Quandt and Derek Crouch each had two hits with Crouch scoring two runs and Quandt plating a pair. Krummrich also drove in two runs with a single.
While the first two games were heartbreaking late-inning losses, the third game of the series was never in doubt, with the Beavers winning 15-4. The Highlanders managed only five hits in the game.
Krummrich went 2-3 and Josh Jokisch went 1-2 with a 3-run home run for the Highlanders.
MacMurray falls tol 8-13 overall and 4-8 in conference play; while Blackburn improves to 5-18 overall and 4-8 in SLIAC play.
Coach Justin Fuhler's club will need to bounce back quickly tomorrow, when they travel to Eureka College for another SLIAC twinbill.