LOVES PARK, Ill. - The Rockford University baseball team (15-8, 9-7 NACC) played host for a game two, originally halted in the top of the tenth inning with bases loaded and one out against the Concordia University of Wisconsin Falcons (19-13, 9-7 NACC). Despite Rockford smashing two home runs in extra innings the Regents fell in an 11-9 heartbreaker in the thirteenth inning.
A quick recap of the beginning portion of the game:
Rockford saw itself in hole as CUW scored one run in the first and three runs in the second to take an early 3-0 lead heading into the bottom of the second.
Come the third inning Rockford got all of those runs back as it scored four runs in the bottom of the frame to tie the game up 4-4. Cristian Bermeo (Chicago, Ill.) drew a walk for Rockford and proceeded to advance on a passed ball with Nathan Burris(Oglesby, Ill.) at the plate. Burris followed suit by drawing a walk. With Kraemer Brandt (Elk Grove, Ill.) at the plate, another passed ball allowed Bermeo and Burris to advance to second and third for Rockford with no outs. Brandt did well as he knocked a single into right center that scored Bermeo and advanced Burris to third. With Brett Down (Princeville, Ill.) at the plate, Brandt received the steal sign and took second with no outs still for the Regents. Down kept the ball rolling as he crushed a double into left field, sending Burris and Brandt home. Bryce Hinkelman (Ottawa, Ill.) followed as he doubled down the left field line and scored Down on the play to tie the game at 4-4.
The game remained scoreless and proceeded to need extra innings to determine a winner. In the top of the tenth with the Falcons having the bases loaded with one out, an electrical malfunction caused the outfield lights to remain off. Due to the issue the game was rescheduled.
Fast forward to April 30 the two teams were set to battle it out.
With a double to left center for the first batter, coupled with an error in the inning, CUW saw itself on top 8-4 heading into the bottom half of the frame.
The Regents would need what seemed like a miracle to mount a comeback, and they got just that as they knotted the game up at 8-8 to extend the game. With one out, a Seth Sanderson (Fulton, Ill.) single and a Jacob Rillamas (Yuma, Ariz.) walk gave the Regents runners on first and second. Corey Saracco (Montgomery, Ill.) kept the rally going as he singled into left field to load the bases for Rockford. Brandt hit a blooper in the infield to send Sanderson home, and was called out at first just by a step. With two outs and runners on second and third, Rockford was staring at an 8-5 game and needed an answer. Brett Down answered the call as he crushed a three-run shot over the left field wall to tie the game.
In the eleventh inning the Falcons scored one more run to put the pressure on Rockford. However, the Regents did well to only give up one as CUW had recorded four hits in the inning, but RU stranded three of their runners.
Entering the bottom of the eleventh it was Rockford needing to string together another rally. With one Michael Tosado (Chicago, Ill.) came in clutch as he liked what he saw with Down, smashing a home run of his own out to left center to tie the game at 9-9 and once more extend the game.
In the twelfth inning the Regents looked toward its veteran, senior, Thomas Bolen (Tucson, Ariz.). Bolen got a quick three outs, including striking out the last batter. Rockford attempted to win the game in the twelfth but were denied as RU left two runners stranded at the end of the inning. It would come back to haunt them as the Falcons scored two runs in the thirteenth inning, with the help of an error to go on and win the game in dramatic fashion by a score of 11-9.
From the first portion of the game, Zach Randecker (Lanark, Ill.) did well for Rockford as he pitched five innings of work and only allowed three hits with an unearned run and struck out five batters. Thomas Bolen did well in the heat of the moment pitching the final two innings of the game to only give up one earned run, while striking out three batters.
Rockford was led in the extra inning battle by Brett Down and Michael Tosado. Down recorded a home run and a double, while tallying 5 RBIs and two runs scored. Tosado would hit a solo home run in the eleventh inning to tie the game.
The Rockford University baseball team returns to the diamond on Tuesday, May 1 as it travels to take on Aurora. First pitch is set for 3 PM.