HAMMOND, Ind. – The UW-Parkside baseball team finished up its four-game weekend against Purdue Northwest with a split on Sunday, where the Rangers won the first once 9-4 behind a five-run sixth inning before losing 11-3 in the second game.
In game one, the Rangers put up one run in each the first and second inning and scored a pair in the third to give them a 4-2 lead after three innings. In the first inning, Hunter Weddel and Lovell Chandler drew back-to-back walks and Domenic Hammudeh singled to load the bases. After a foulout and a flyout, Parkside scored their first run on a wild pitch. In the second, Nick Sramek laid down a perfect squeeze bunt to score Justin Bennett.
In the two-run third inning, the Rangers again loaded the bases and Dominic Esposito scored Chandler on a sacrifice fly while Bennett singled to score Hammudeh and make it 4-2 Rangers.
After the Pride scored one in the bottom of the fifth, the Rangers rallied for five runs in the sixth. A pair of runs came in to score on a PNW error and Chandler followed that with a two-run triple down the right field line and came around to score on a wild pitch.
While the Rangers only had five hits, the team was extremely patient at the plate on their way to drawing eight walks while being hit by the pitch twice in game one. Chandler went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs in the No. 2 spot. Bennett finished with a hit, a pair of walks and two runs.
Nicholas Rana went 5.2 innings to earn the victory, improving his record to 1-1. Weddel finished out the final 1.1 innings without allowing a baserunner.
In the second game, the Ranger jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning, but the Pride scored two runs in the third, four in the fourth, two in the seventh and three in the eighth. Both Bittenbender and Esposito finished 1-for-4 with an RBI in game two.
Parkside is 1-5. Purdue Northwest is 3-1.
LINDENWOOD 9, UW-PARKSIDE 4: The Rangers jumped out to a 4-3 lead after two innings of play, but Lindenwood scored three runs in each the bottom of the fifth and the bottom of sixth to pull away in the end. In the Rangers’ three-run first inning, Megan Aliverti hit an RBI single and Jessica Miklos hit a two-run home run, the first of her career.
Parkside also scored a run in the top of the second after the Lions added two in their half of the first. Jessica Shields came in to the score on an error by the shortstop.
Miklos finished 1-for-3 with the two-run home run while Morgan Sikon went 2-for-4 and Aliverti finished 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI.
Kate Czoschke suffered the loss, going 4.1 innings allowing five hits and six runs with two strikeouts. Alyssa Hrncar pitched the final 1.2 innings.
Parkside is 7-9. Lindenwood is 606.