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Men's Baseball Continues Their Offensive Surge

By Tony Gustin
On April 18, 2012

The Cougars ran into some struggles over the last week but that didn't stop them from picking up some big wins. Their record is now 29-14 as of Sat., Apr. 15. On Tuesday, April 10, the Cougars faced Nor thwestern University on the road and won the game in a huge way with a final score of 9-3. Sophomore left fielder Brad Myjak came up big again with a blast to right field, racking up three runs in the first inning, which really set the tone for the win. This was a huge win for the team, posting nine runs on the road against a team like Northwestern University. Northwestern is a Division 1 school and is respected by the entire nation. If this doesn't set a pace for the rest of the year and make a statement to the rest of the conference, there really isn't much else that will. Freshman right hander Andy Kovarik had a huge day on the mound, throwing eight innings and allowing just three hits.

On the opposite side of the field, the Cougars had an offensive explosion, belting out 18 hits. Kovarik gave up three runs in the game but they were all unearned and he struck out three Wildcats. Myjak also added an RBI single in this game along with junior captain Mike Pokers. Freshman catcher Marcos Soto had a single that scored two runs which was the best play of the bottom of the sixth inning. Sophomore right hander Chris Klein came in to close out the game and mowed down all three batters he faced. This huge win brought the Cougars' record to 25-11, but it also brought a ton of motivation to the team. Wednesday, April 11 brought the men back home to take on Trinity International University. They absolutely dominated Trinity in these two games, adding two more wins to their record for the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. 

In game one of the double header, the Cougars exploded in the first inning, posting 14 runs which really showed Trinity that they had no chance of winning either of these two games. It is hard to recover after giving up a run or two in the first, but after piling on double digit runs really pulls the carpet from under you. In the two games, 45 was the wild number as they posted 45 hits and 45 runs in the combined games. An impressive stat is the Cougars scoring in every inning of the 14 combined aside from three. The team never trailed once in either of these games and senior shortstop Adam Koglin was arguably the biggest reason why. He went a combined 8-13, scoring five runs, having seven RBIs and hit three doubles. Klein had an impressive 7-9 for the day, scoring seven runs, four RBIs and a double. Myjak just won't quit at the plate with another home run, which seems like a staple in any given series, seven runs scored and eight RBIs. Junior catch Tony O'Shea and sophomore first baseman Thomas Keating both homers in the first game. Junior right hander Mike Stirling improved his record to 3-0, wining game one, pitching five innings and only allowing one run. 

In addition to that, he only allowed eight hits, did not walk a batter and struck out five batters. In the second game of the bill, junior right hander Lucas Fritsch also improved his perfect record to 4-0, throwing five innings, allowing two walks and struck out one batter. On Apr. 12, the Cougars once again came up big at the plate with an offensive explosion, putting up 14 runs, but somehow fell to Lewis University by a final score of 15-14. The team collapsed in the bottom of the ninth. They led 14-10 in, but Lewis had five hits that included two doubles, which led them to an amazing comeback. SXU had 11 hits in the one game which included four Klein RBIs. This was a tough loss, especially how it ended. They then went on the road and faced Purdue-North Central where they wound up splitting the series. The highlight of the series was Pokers, who combined 4-6 with a triple, a double, two RBIs and crossed the plate three times. The next day they played two games against Purdue North Central and once again split the series. The loss was another heartbreak, 14-15, but the win was a blowout of 17-9.

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