Power Surge Good For 11-Run Lead in Suspended Game After Seventh-Ranked Scots Drop Series Opener in Meadville

Dan Harwood
Jacob Stuursma

Senior Jamie Lackner hit two of the seventh-ranked College of Wooster baseball team's five home runs in the second game as the Fighting Scots' bats came to life with 17 hits prior to darkness suspending play in the bottom of the ninth inning during Saturday's doubleheader with Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa. Allegheny's pitching staff held Wooster's high-scoring offense to three hits during the Gators' 8-3 win earlier in the day, but the Scots hold a 16-5 lead in the suspended game.

Play will be resumed at noon on Sunday with the bases full of Gators (14-6, 4-1 North Coast Athletic Conference East Division) and nobody out in the home half of the ninth inning. After the completion of the suspended game, the two teams will take a 25-minute break before starting the final two games of the series.

While there was still plenty of daylight, Wooster (13-4, 3-2 NCAC East Division) quickly put the first game in its rearview mirror with multiple runs in three of the first four innings of the nightcap. Senior Ryan Ostendorf pulled a one-out single into left field in the top of the second inning and came in two batters later on sophomore Jacob Stuursma's RBI groundout. Later in the inning, sophomore Chandler Dippman knocked a RBI double to center field to make it 2-0.

In the third inning, a pair of long balls accounted for the damage as first-year Dan Harwood led off the frame with his first collegiate home run, and two batters later, Lackner added a two-run shot that made it 5-0.

Next, Stuursma blasted a payoff pitch over the fence in left field for his first collegiate home run to lead off the top of the fourth inning. In fact, the Scots' first four batters of the inning reached safely prior to Lackner's one-out RBI single and sophomore Garrett Crum's sacrifice fly.

Wooster's other two home runs came in the top of the eighth inning. Sophomore Michael Wielansky legged out a leadoff double prior to Lackner knocking his second two-run home run of the game out to center field. Later in the inning, junior Drew Tornow came through with his first round-tripper of the year, and at the time that made it a 12-2 game.

Allegheny plated on a run on a passed ball in the bottom of the inning to avoid the run-ahead rule, but Wooster came right back with a four-run ninth. Lackner was at the center of attention again, and this time came through with a two-run single.

For the game, Lackner is currently 4-for-5 with seven RBI, the most by a Scot since alumnus Eddie Reese drove in seven against Salem State University on March 12, 2014.

Senior Tyler Schuch toed the rubber in the second game and turned in a quality seven-inning appearance. The left-hander allowed two runs on six hits while striking out two, and is currently in line for the win.

In the first game, senior Corey Keenan stymied Wooster's hitters as the right-hander scattered three hits over 7 1/3 innings while classmate Jacob Shick powered the offense with a 3-for-4 game with five RBI and two homers, including a three-run shot in the seventh inning that made it 8-1.

Offensively, Wooster scratched out a run in the fourth inning when Wielansky led off the frame, and moved into scoring position on a stolen base. Then, Ostendorf came through with a two-out base-knock that at the time cut Allegheny's lead to 2-1.

Wooster's other two runs came in the eighth when Wielansky came in to score on an error and Lackner crossed on Dippman's sacrifice fly.

Senior Michael Houdek took the loss, falling to 3-2 on the year. Notable, he fanned five Gators in his six innings of work.