This past weekend, the IUP men’s baseball team traveled down to Winston-Salem, N.C., to play a four-game series against Winston-Salem State University at BB&T Ballpark.
The Hawks split a doubleheader on Saturday, but were unable to come away with a win in Sunday’s doubleheader.
The Hawks’ bats came out hot in Game 1 of the four-game series, scoring five runs in the first inning.
The 5-0 lead began with a bases-loaded walk to Scott Hess (senior, safety sciences).
IUP tacked on a few more runs before the Rams scored in the bottom of the sixth.
IUP won the game, 8-3, and pitcher Jeff Allen (sophomore, criminology) got the victory.
The break in-between games Saturday cooled down the Hawks’ bats as they lost the second game, 3-2.
The Rams took an early 2-0 lead in the third inning as Brandon Ford hit a triple to deep left-center field, allowing two baserunners to score.
The Hawks cut the lead in half the very next inning on an error by the Rams.
IUP outfielder Chris Eisel (freshman, pre-physical therapy) tallied an RBI single in the sixth, and that would be all for IUP.
Colin Claus (sophomore, physical education) was the losing pitcher in the second game.
Sunday was a new day for the Hawks, but they ended up getting swept.
The Rams took an early 2-0 lead after Emilio Abreu hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning.
The score remained the same until infielder Dan Sepic (junior, hospitality management) knocked in an RBI single.
Hawks pitcher Mike Klingensmith (junior, exercise science) took the loss as the Hawks lost, 2-1.
In Game 2 Sunday, the Hawks looked good early on after a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on an RBI groundout from Matt Eperesi (senior, accounting).
The Rams tied the game later that inning.
The Hawks had a chance to take a lead in the third with runners in scoring position, but the Rams were able to get out of the inning unscathed.
The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning. Winston-Salem’s Ivan Acuna doubled to right-center field, scoring one run.
Acuna later scored on a throwing error from IUP’s catcher, giving the Rams the win, 3-1.
“The season isn’t quite going the way that we expected it to begin,” Dan Roan (junior, sports administration) said.
“But team sports are all about overcoming adversity that is thrown your way. We are going to be just fine as the season continues.”
IUP mostly struggled to find an equalizer in the weekend series against Winston-Salem State.
Three of the four games in which they fell were by a total of just four runs.
Despite comeback attempts, the equalizing run is what IUP struggled to acheive.
In order to improve offensively, the team will have to capitalize when given the opportunity.
The Crimson Hawks left a combined 27 men on base throughout the weekend, a stat they will look to turn around heading into their next series.
The Hawks are currently 3-6 overall.
Their next series will come this weekend as they take on the East Stroudsburg University Warriors.