This past weekend, the Wabash Baseball team made a trip to Springfield, Ohio to play a double header against the Wittenberg Tigers. Mother nature had other plans, seeing as game two had to be postponed due to rain.
Wabash started with the bats in the top of the first. AJ Reid got on base, but the Little Giants only got through four batters in the first inning before Tavic Simmons moved to the mound. He gave up no hits, but one Tiger reached base after an error from Wabash. Overall, the first inning was actionless.
The second inning was more action packed, but not for Wabash. Canton Terry walked and made it to base on a sacrifice bunt from Sean Smith, but he was stranded there. In the bottom of the second, Wittenberg scored two runs on two hits and two errors. One man was stranded, but the score was still 2-0 at the end of two innings. Wabash’s bats came to life in the third inning with Austin Simmers making it home on an AJ Reid single. On Witt’s side, the Tigers scored two runs on two hits, but they did leave two on base.
The fourth was uneventful aside from a pitching change from Simmons to Tyler Dearing, who would finish the game. The fifth inning was similarly uneventful, with an Austin Simmers hit and two Tigers left on base. The sixth and seventh inning included two hits from the Tigers and one from the Little Giants. Wabash just couldn’t put enough on the board to match the strong second and third innings that Wittenberg had.
Game two was called in the middle of the third inning while the Little Giants trailed 4-3. This leaves Wabash in third in the NCAC West standings, just behind Witt and Denison.
Looking forward to this upcoming Saturday, Wabash is due up for a double header in St. Louis against Washington University. These will be the seventh and eighth games between the two in history, and the third and fourth this season. In the overall series, Wabash and WashU are tied 3-3, but the Bears have take both games this season. Game one begins at noon with game two following right after at three.