Southeast Missouri State University student publication

A three touchdown game highlights a 1-4 week for SEMO baseball

Monday, February 27, 2023

The Redhawks baseball teamís struggles continued into the second week of the season. They lost game one of the week on Wednesday, Feb. 21, to Middle Tennessee State 8-3. A solo shot by junior catcher Ty Stauss in the 8th got the Redhawks on the board. In the 9th they were able to tack on two more runs on a homer from junior right fielder Josh Cameron.

In game one of their first double header on Saturday, February 25, at Abilene Christian University (ACU) SEMO was blanked 3-0 (F/7). Senior left field Jevon Mason had the lone hit for the Redhawks in the game as they fell to 1-4 on the season.

In the second game of Saturdayís double header SEMOís offense exploded scoring 23 runs. In the first inning they scored 11 runs, on 11 hits and one error on ACU. Senior designated hitter Carlos Aranda and junior first baseman Lincoln Andrews hit 2-run blasts in that first inning.

SEMO tacked on one more run in the second to increase the lead to 12-0 on an RBI double from senior third baseman Danny Sperling. SEMO tacked on another 9 runs in the second highlighted by a solo shot from Cameron and Andrewsí second homer of the game, this one a 3-run blast increasing their lead to 21-0.

The Redhawks tacked on another run in the fourth when senior outfielder Spencer Parker scored on a wild pitch. Parker doubled in the sixth driving in the 23 and final run of the game for the Redhawks who won 23-2 (F/7).

SEMO carried that offense into game one of the Sunday, Feb. 26 double header. Mason walked to lead off the game followed by back to back jacks from junior second baseman Chance Resetich and Cameron to give SEMO a 3-0 lead.

In the fifth a solo homerun from ACUís designated hitter Bash Randle and a balk by junior left hander Logan Katen brought ACU within a run. A solo homerun from Grayson Tatrow in the bottom half of the sixth off of Katen tied the game at 3.

Junior shortstop Peyton Leeper hit a solo shot in the top half of the seventh inning giving SEMO a one run lead heading into the bottom half of the seventh. That lead was short lived as junior right hander Kyle Miller surrendered a walkoff grandslam to ACUís Maddox Miesse giving them a 7-4 victory (F/7).

In their final game of the weekend SEMO jumped out in front with two runs in the fourth inning. Parker drove in the first run of the game with an RBI single. Later in the inning junior catcher Nolan Ackerman singled in Parker increasing SEMOís lead to 2-0.

In the bottom half of the fifth Garrett Williams drove in ACUís first run with an RBI single cutting the deficit in half. SEMO added two more runs in the 5th on another Ackerman RBI single and a sacrifice bunt from Leeper.

In the bottom of the seventh sophomore right hander Micheal Laudando allowed three inherited runners to score as ACU evened the game up at four a piece. A RBI single from Willams in the bottom half of the 8th inning gave ACU their first lead of the day and they held on to win 5-4 to take three out of four from the Redhawks.

The Redhawks are back in action on Wednesday, March 1, for their home opener at Capaha Field against the Evansville Aces with the first pitch set for 3 p.m.