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Baseball - Wed, Apr. 19, 2017

LINCOLN, IL – Despite an early four-run deficit, the Lincoln Christian University (LCU) baseball team defeated visiting Blackburn College Wednesday 11-5.

Garrett Aeilts (FR/Lincoln, IL) started on the mound for the Red Lions, and followed a scoreless first frame with four runs (three earned) in the second. Aeilts bounced back quickly and delivered four straight scoreless innings while the Red Lions bats warmed up.

Down 4-0 in the third, Ted Lingle (FR/Lexington, IL) scored Lincoln's first run on a fielder's choice from Logan Todd (SO/Jacksonville, IL). The next batter, Jordan Fredeking (SO/Fairview Heights, IL), doubled to score Jake Woods (FR/Lincoln, IL) and cut Blackburn's lead in half. Brode Hopkins (SO/Hartsburg, IL) brought LCU one closer in the fourth with a solo shot home run to right field before the flood gates opened for the Red Lions offense in the fifth.

Brock Trexler (JR/Pana, IL) doubled home Fredeking, who had reached on a dropped third strike, to tie the game before Aeilts singled home Trexler to give LCU the lead for good. Aeilts and Hopkins both added to the lead on a Lingle double before the inning was ended on a double-play ball. In all, four runs were scored in the frame and the home team had a commanding 7-4 lead.

LCU added one more in the six when Todd scored on an error and tacked on three more in the seventh. Jake Woods scored on a Fredeking single, and Trexler's triple earned him two RBI as Todd and Fredeking both scored. Blackburn got one back in the top of the ninth, but the damage was done and the Red Lions took the victory.

"We did a good job of not giving up after being down four runs early and battled our way back," Aeilts said. "It was a good team win."

Aeilts and Lance Warner (FR/Cayuga, IN) combined to throw the nine-inning game, giving up five runs (four earned) and striking out seven while only walking two. The pair only gave up four hits on the day. LCU's offense collected 14.

"We were long overdue to string together some hits," LCU Head Coach Ty Unger said. "I'm excited about how we played today. With a young team, these games are confidence boosters. Garrett and Lance both pitched well from the mound and that just made it a bonus for us."

Todd, Lingle, Trexler, Aeilts, Woods, and Fredeking each had multiple-hit games. The Red Lions struck out just five times and earned five walks.

The win brings LCU's season record to 5-17.

What's Next

The boys remain home to face off against Maranatha Baptist University for a double-header on Saturday. The first game starts at 1 p.m.