No. 6 Wooster Tripped Up By Muskingum 4-2 Despite Stellar Pitching, Defense

WOOSTER, Ohio – The College of Wooster baseball team, up to two spots to sixth in this week's Collegiate Baseball Writers Association top 25 poll, spun three double plays defensively, but could not string together enough offense in a 4-2 loss to Muskingum University at Art Murray Field on Wednesday.

Muskingum (8-9) struck for the game's first run in the top of the first on Austin DeVore's two-out double to left that plated Joe Shumar, who poked a single through the right side of the field.

Sophomore Garrett Crum started a 5-4-3 inning-ending double play in the sixth inning.

Wooster (10-2) rallied back to take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second when sophomore Chandler Dippman beat out a throw on a fielder's choice that brought in both of the Fighting Scots' runs on the day. Junior Drew Tornow started the rally with a one-out base knock and moved up to third on sophomore Jacob Stuursma's double. Then, senior Jake Kail drew a walk to load the basses prior to Dippman's fielder's choice.

Muskingum tied the game at two in the fifth, but junior James Usher did a fine job working out of a no-out bases-loaded jam. The right-hander induced a double play against the first batter he faced, with the tying run coming in on the play, before Tornow made a key snag in the outfield to get the Scots out of the inning.

In the next inning, Usher benefitted from a second double play, as the Scots went around the horn on an inning-ending 5-4-3 twin killer.

In the eighth inning, Wooster had the infield in, and senior Jamie Lackner snared a hard grounder for the second out of the inning, and caught Dallas Allen leaning off of second base for the inning-ending double play. However, Allen did deliver the winning run in a two-run double prior to being caught leaning by Lackner.

Wooster did out hit Muskingum 9-5 as seven Scots pitchers combined on the five-hitter, with Wooster's showings coming from two scoreless innings by Usher and a 1-2-3 ninth inning by sophomore Brian Murray.

Next, Wooster opens North Coast Athletic Conference play against Oberlin College (9-6) with first pitch for Saturday's twin bill slated for noon.