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Baseball - Fri, Mar. 24, 2017

LINCOLN, IL – A ferocious comeback in the last inning of Friday's second half of Lincoln Christian University's baseball team's double-header against Rust College served as salvation for a day that had otherwise been frustrating for the Red Lions.

When LCU pitcher Lance Warner got tagged for six runs in the top of the first inning – four earned, LCU committed five errors in the game – it set the stage for a long afternoon. Rust would go on to win the first game by a 9-1 score – the only Lincoln Christian run coming in the bottom of the seventh when Logan Todd singled home Jordan Fredeking, who had doubled to lead off the frame. The only other hit came from a fifth inning Brock Trexler single.

"We struggled early on to adjust offensively. Never really had a chance because we didn't get runners on," lamented LCU Head Coach Ty Unger. "Rust hit the ball well all day."

Rust started off hot in the second game as well, scoring two off of Garrett Aeilts, who went the whole seven innings from the mound. LCU shored up its defense, counting just one error while Rust College had eight.

"Garrett pitched a great game in the second game," Unger said. "He was able to shut things down in tight spots. We did all the right things in the bottom of the seventh, and continued the thread batter by batter."

LCU pushed its first run across in the bottom of the third when Spencer Thomas reached first on a HBP, then stole second. He advanced to third on an error from a Jake Woods grounder, then scored on a single to left from Logan Todd. The teams traded runs in the fourth, making the score 3-2. Rust notched three in the top of the fifth, but LCU answered with two of its own. Jake Woods doubled and then he and Ted Lingle – who had reached on an error - scored on a Trexler single.  

"I think we did a good job of not giving up throughout the whole game," Aeilts said. "We did a good job as a team of putting the ball in play which allowed us to come back and get the win. Now we just need to take the momentum we built and carry it over to the next games."

After nothing doing for either team in the sixth, Rust got a cushion run in the top of the seventh to make the score 7-4. But the Red Lions weren't willing to throw in the white towel.

Todd lead off with a walk, before a strikeout and a fly out to center seemed to all but put the nail in the coffin for the home team. Trexler walked, and then he and Todd advanced a base on a wild pitch. Brode Hopkins walked to load the bases, and then Todd scored on another wild pitch to make the score 7-5. Aeilts reached on a throwing error as Trexler and Hopkins scored to tie the game.

With the score all knotted up at seven, Thomas delivered a walk-off single to right, scoring Aeilts and sealing the victory. After starting off the season 0-10, the LCU club has now won four of its last seven games.

The day's action brings the Red Lions season record to 4-13.

What's Next

Saturday's double-header against Rust has been canceled due to rain. LCU resumes play on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Blackburn College in Carlinville, IL.