Hits Don't Come for CMU
October 16, 2007
The Tartans got a great outing from starter Jon Coens and hit the ball hard, but a ton of hard hit balls found the gloves of Boyce defenders. In the end, the Tartans fell 4-2 in 8 innings.
Coens cruised through 5 innings, allowing only 2 baserunners, but the Tartan bats that had been hot on Saturday couldn't find the holes on Sunday, and there was no score entering the 6th. With one out in the top of the 6th, Coens hit the Boyce leadoff hitter. After a stolen base, a hit and run play drove the runner in from second with two outs and Boyce had the lead.
In the bottom of the inning, the middle of the CMU order came to the plate. With 2 outs, Brian Tabata and James Langhauser both singled. Following a Langhauser stolen base, there were men on second and third for Ryan Comes. Comes got his pitch and hit a hard line drive back up the middle and right into the pitcher's glove for the third out.
Boyce tacked on an unearned run in the seventh without the benefit of a hit, and the Tartans were down two entering the bottom of the seventh. The first 4 hitters reached, plating a run and leaving the bases loaded. Freshman Joe Seymour came to the plate with the chance to be a hero. He came through with a single to right, tying the game, but Brett Rehfeld was thrown out at the plate trying to win the game. The game headed for extra innnings.
As Coens tired in the 8th, Boyce managed to put together multiple hits in an inning for the first time all day, and plated two runs. After the great comeback in the 7th, the Tartans didn't have another one in the bank, and fell 4-2.