6 Run 6th Keys Split with Franciscan
By RYAN COMES
September 19, 2005
A 6 run outburst in the 6th inning of game two brought the Tartans back from a 4-1 deficit and gave the team a key win leading up to the Bob Kloska Invitational next weekend. In the first game, errors led to 5 unearned runs and the Carnegie Mellon bats were confounded by the slow pitching of the Franciscan starter.
In game one the Tartans normally solid defense let down starter Jon Coens, who took the loss. Errors led to a four run 4th inning. Coens pitched well, striking out 9 and only allowing 1 earned run. Carnegie Mellon jumped out early to a 3-1 lead after 2 innings, but Franciscan responded 5 unearned runs over the next two innings and the Tartan offense couldn't mount a comeback.
In the second game, started Doug Peters got off to a rough start, allowing 4 runs in the first two innings, but settled down and didn't face a major threat until the 7th inning. By that time the offense had put up 1 run in the 4th inning and 6 runs in the 6th inning. In the sixth 3B Jack Bader led off with a single and SS Dan King followed 1 batter later with another single. C Ryan Comes followed with a 2 run double to right center. LF Billy Ratliff walked and DH Brad Freeman singled 1 batter later, bringing in Jon Coens, who had courtesy run for Comes. RF Tim Sandy had the Tartans second 2 run double of the inning, then stole third and took home on a wild pitch, bringing in the final run of the inning.
The Tartans' season continues Friday at Franciscan in the first game of the Bob Kloska Invitational.