Eureka Baseball Drops Two at Blackburn

File photo.
File photo.

EUREKA – The Eureka baseball team dropped a road doubleheader at Blackburn on Tuesday, falling 12-2 and 10-8 in St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action.

Game 1: Blackburn 12, Eureka 2 (7 inn.)

Jimmy Peterson (Bloomington, Ill./Homeschooled) went 3-for-4 and Braden Cross (Clinton, Ill./Clinton) added two hits, but the Red Devils weren't able to drive in runs in Game 1 against the Beavers.

The Beavers got on the board first with a pair of runs in the first, then expanded on their lead with a pair of four-run innings in the third and fourth before tacking on a couple more late.

Eureka scored its first run of the game on an RBI single by Dylan Hill (Steelville, Ill./Steeleville) following back-to-back singles by Peterson and Alex Barney (Sheldon, Ill./Milford).

The second run came in the fifth on an RBI single from Cross following back-to-back walks by Peterson and Barney and Hill reaching on an error.

Freshman pitcher Trevor Wingard (Decatur, Ill./Meridian) struck out five batters in what was otherwise a tough start on the mound.

Game 2: Blackburn 10, Eureka 8

After only plating two runs in Game 1, Eureka tallied eight runs on 10 hits in Game 2. The problem was Blackburn racked up 10 runs on 16 hits.

Sophomore Austin Davis (Eureka, Ill./Eureka) went 3-for-3 for the first time this season, scored a run and walked twice for the Red Devils.

Freshman Dawson Swaim (Milmine, Ill./Bement) went 2-for-3, doubled, scored two runs and drew a walk and classmate Kelton O'Grady (Camp Verde, Arizona/Camp Verde) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, an RBI and a walk.

Hill scored EC's first run of the game on a wild pitch in the first inning, but Blackburn answered with five runs on four hits and an EC error.

Peterson drove in another run on a single left in the second, then Eureka had its highest scoring inning of the day in the third.

Davis and Colton Reed (Shelbyville, Ill./Shelbvyille) both had RBI singles. Davis scored when O'Grady reached on an error. Reed scored on a fielder's choice by Barney and O'Grady scored after a steal by Barney.

That gave Eureka a 7-5 edge. Blackburn trimmed it to a one-run lead in the bottom half. Then, after a pair of scoreless innings, the Beavers chalked up three runs on four hits in the sixth to make it 9-7.

It was 10-7 when Eureka scored its last run on a wild pitch that put runners on second and third, but it didn't turn into the rally the team needed.

Coming Up

Eureka is back on the road for SLIAC doubleheader at Iowa Wesleyan on Wednesday at 3 p.m.