VERONA, Wis.- The Rockford University baseball team returned to action today to take on the Edgewood College Eagles in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference opener. The Regents and Eagles were both picked in the preseason poll to be jostling for the final NACC tournament spots. Today, Egewood was able to pitch their way to a win in the first game, but Rockford responded with a plethora of runs in the second. However, Edgewood added three runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to sweep Rockford. The final of game one was 2-1 and game two was 14-13.
Game one began with the Eagles taking advantage of an early error by the Regents to take a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Edgewood tacked on another run in the fourth inning to take a 2-0 lead. However, Rockford was able to respond with their own run in the fifth inning when Josh Bergbreiter (Elk Grove, Ill.) hit an RBI fielder's choice to plate Britton Seivert (Rockford, Ill.) from third base. Unfortunately, the Regents were unable to add any more runs to tie up the game as they could only muster one baserunner the final four innings. Ultimately, Rockford fell by the final of 2-1.
Starting on the mound was David Camacho (Elk Grove, Ill.). Camacho threw another outstanding complete game of 8 innings allowing 2 runs, only 1 earned, and striking out 7. He has now thrown two complete games in a row allowing only 1 run in his last 17 innings of work. With the solid performance he has lowered his ERA to 2.19.
In game two, the Regents were able to jump on the Eagles right away scoring the first three runs of the game. The first came when Jose Miranda (Yuma, Ariz.) walked with the bases-loaded for an RBI plating Tyler Johnson (Chicago, Ill.). Next, was Mitchell Gorsuch (Cherry Valley, Ill.) hitting into a fielder's choicefor an RBI bringing in Bryce Hinkelman (Ottawa, Ill.) from third base. Next, was Patrick O'Malley (Elk Grove, Ill.) who put down a beautiful squeeze bunt to earn an RBI plating Cole Logemann (Lena, Ill.) from third base. Rockford had taken a 3-0 lead after their first at-bats.
Rockford added two more runs in the third inning to increase their lead to 5-0. The runs came when Gorsuch hit an RBI single into right field to drive in Logemann. Later, Kraemer Brandt (Elk Grove, Ill.) hit an RBI groundout to plate Miranda. Unfortunately, Edgewood was able to respond with two runs of their own in the third inning to narrow the deficit to 5-2. In the fourth RU was able to tack on another run when Logemann hit an RBI single to center field to drive in Nathan Burris (Oglesby, Ill.). RU increased their lead to 6-2 on the run. Once again, the Eagles responded with five of their own in the fourth to take a 7-6 lead.
Rockford responded in the fifth inning when they fought back with four more runs to retake the lead 10-7. The regents added the runs off of a balk and RBI doubles by Bergbreiter and Hinkelman. However, the Eagles took advantage of the Regents' errors by adding four unearned runs in the fifth inning to take an 11-10 lead. Ultimately, Rockford scored two runs in the seventh inning to retake a 12-11 lead. The runs came off of an error and an RBI double from Miranda. The Regents added the final run of the game when Johnson scored on a wild pitch in the ninth inning. Ultimately, Edgewood was able to score three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to win by the final of 14-13.
Leading the Regents offensively were Cole Logemann who went collected five hits in the second game to go 5-for-10 on the day with 3 runs scored and an RBI. Josh Bergbreiter went 3-for-5 with 2 RBI's. Jose Miranda and Mitchell Gorsuch each added 3 hits, 2 RBI's and a run scored in the second game. Tyler Johnson added 3 walks and 4 runs scored in the second game. Bryce Hinkelman tallied 3 hits and 2 RBI's on the day.
The RU baseball team returns to action Sunday, April 2 in their home NACC opener against Marian University at Rivets Stadium with a scheduled start time of 12 p.m.