Errors Too Much to Overcome
April 23, 2008
The Tartan offense had little trouble with the Robert Morris pitching, but early unearned runs put the club in an early 11-1 hole that was too much to overcome. James Langhauser led the team on the mound, throwing 2.2 innings of relief, and at the plate with a 3-run homer.
The Colonials jumped out to an early 3-1 lead thanks to a run in the first and two unearned runs in the second off starter Tim Sandy. It was big innings in the fourth and fifth for Robert Morris that proved to be the difference, however. The first four batters in the fourth reached safely and Robert Morris batted around to put up 5 runs. The Colonials would put up 3 more in the fifth for an 11-1 lead heading to the bottom of the inning.
In danger of falling to the mercy rule, the Tartans didn't give in. Aaron Hernley led off with a single and was awarded third when the throw back into the infield went out of play. Joe Seymour promptly drove him in with a single and Sandy followed with another single, bringing Langhauser to the plate. Denied a home run last weekend, James hit another shot to the exact same spot, and this time avoided the overhanging trees for his first career bomb. The home run cut the deficit to 11-5, and the Tartans would tack on three more thanks in part to Hernley's double in his second at-bat of the inning.
The clubs traded runs in sixth inning, making the score 12-9 and Robert Morris would tack on one more in the top of the seventh to make it 13-9. With the top of the order coming up in the bottom of the seventh, the Tartans were optimistic, but couldn't get anything going, losing 13-9.