Peregrine Softball Drops Doubleheader to Aquinas Friday Afternoon
The Purdue University Calumet softball team dropped a pair of games to Aquinas College Friday afternoon, with scores of 2-1 and 11-3.
Game 1: Aquinas 2, Peregrines 1
Both teams were shut down in the first four innings of play, after strong starting pitching by both squads made it a 0-0 game heading in to the fifth frame.
The Peregrines would score first in the bottom of the fifth, after an RBI-single from Alex Morales (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) plated Hannah Lopez (Granada Hills, Calif./Bishop Alemany) to put the Black and Gold up 1-0.
The Saints would even the score in the top half of the sixth inning, after a double by Brooke Senkbeil scored Lexi Popma to even the score at 1-1.
Aquinas would connect on what would be the game-winning run in the top of the seventh, thanks to a solo homer from Ellie Adams which helped lift the Saints past the Peregrines 2-1.
Freshman Tessa Steffens (Litchfield, Ill./Litchfield)b Carly Murphy (Munster, Ind./Munster) pitched a complete game for the Peregrines, allowing four hits and striking out four.
Game 2: Aquinas 11, Peregrines 3
Aquinas jumped on the board early in Game 2, connecting on four runs on five hits to take an early 4-0 advantage.
The Saints would add another run in the top of the third inning on an RBI-single from Andrea Deneweth to extend their lead, 5-0.
Aquinas would continue to hit the ball and extend their lead in the fourth inning to take a 9-0 lead.
Sophomore Holly Pagan (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) would cut in to the Saints lead in the bottom of the fourth frame, connecting on her second home run of the season to make it 9-2.
After Aquinas recorded two more runs in the fifth, freshman Gianna Graham (McCordsville, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern)ripped an RBI-double which scored Taylor Kotzo (Munster, Ind./Munster).
The Saints would stop a comeback effort from the Peregrines in the bottom of the fifth and come away with the 11-3 win.
The Peregrines return to action on Tuesday, Mar. 29 for a doubleheader with Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference opponent Judson University starting at 3:00 p.m. at Dowling Park.
Purdue Calumet Splits in CCAC Doubleheader at Robert Morris Illinois
Cody Moskosvky's base-clearing double in the fourth inning proved to be the game-winner for the Purdue University Calumet baseball team in Game 1 of a doubleheader split at league foe Robert Morris University Illinois Saturday.
Purdue Calumet (8-8, 3-4 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference) won Game 1, 3-1, before falling in Game 2, 4-3 to the Eagles (12-8, 4-3).
The Peregrines return to action Tuesday, March 29, when they host Trinity International in a league pair at Dowling Park. Game 1 begins at 2 p.m. CT.
GAME 1: Purdue Calumet 3, Robert Morris 1
After two straight singles by teammates Eric Sickles (Benicia, Calif./Benicia) and Luke Schmidt (Crystal Lake, Ill./Crystal Lake South), Moskosvky (St. John, Ind./Bishop Noll) doubled to left center to put the Peregrines' on top, 2-1. Cole Garcia's (Anaheim Hills, Calif./Canyon) RBI-groundout kept the rally going, scoring Moskovsky, to make it 3-1.
Peregrines' starter Willie Bennett (Santee, Calif./West Hills) kept Eagles' batters off-balance after that, as the sophomore dealt three strikeouts and allowed just two hits -- both singles -- in a six-inning stint. Junior Matt Sandoval (Highland, Ind./Bishop Noll) closed the door, picking up his first save of the season with hitless seventh.
Junior Tyler Crussen (Valparaiso, Ind./Wheeler) finished 2-for-4 for the Peregrines, while Andrew Atchison (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point), Sickles, Schmidt, Moskosvky, Giulio Fantasia (Alpena, Mich./Alpena), and Garcia each tallied singles.
Robert Morris struck first in the game, scoring a run on Chase Armstrong's RBI single in the first inning.
GAME 2: Robert Morris 4, Purdue Calumet 3
Purdue Calumet's offense connected for 12 hits, but it wasn't enough in a wild 4-3 loss in Saturday's nightcap.
Cody Dykema (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) finished 2-for-5 with a double and Eric Sickles, John Cristo (Munster, Ind./Munster), and Cole Garcia each added two hits each for the Peregrines to lead the way.
Purdue Calumet opened Game 2 with an early lead, as Schmidt connected on an RBI-single to score Alec Skalka, who singled. The 1-0 lead didn't last, as Robert Morris answered with a two-hit, one-run fourth inning, scoring on wild pitch. RMU added another run in the fifth to take a 2-1 lead before the Peregrines responded with a big sixth frame.
Dykema opened that inning with a single through the left side, followed by a Sickles single. Luke Schmidt (fielder's choice) and Sickles would later score on a RMU error to give the Peregrines' a 3-2 lead. But the Eagles would answer one last time, scoring two runs on three hits in the sixth to take a 4-3 lead.
Purdue Calumet had two runners on base with one out in the ninth, but RMU closer Kyle Crawford got out of the jam with two groundouts to end the game.
Phil Madvek (Hobart, Ind./Hobart) took the loss, allowing 10 hits while striking out four. Peregrines' rookie Josh Arnold came on in relief, allowing one hit and striking out two in two innings pitched.