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Trailblazer offense goes quiet in middle innings in VU’s 11-6 loss to South Suburban

The Vincennes University Baseball Team let an early lead get away and dropped an 11-6 decision Saturday to South Suburban as play continued at Jerry Blemker Field in a weekend series of games that also involves Lake Michigan College and Lakeland Community College of Kirtland, OH.
VU’s nine-hit output was led by sophomore center fielder Matt Volz’s 2-for-3 performance. Volz and sophomore third baseman Lance Myers both scored twice. Myers also drove in a run, while sophomore catcher Jake Carey had two RBI. Sophomore designated hitter Chris Minks had a double for the Trailblazers.
The Trailblazers (4-13) scored three first inning runs and then went scoreless for the next three innings while South Suburban took a 5-3 lead over that same span. South Suburban’s first run came in the second on a solo home run.
VU eventually scored two more runs in the fifth and its sixth run in the sixth inning, but VU starter Bryant Jackson and the Trailblazer bullpen yielded nine South Suburban runs over the last four innings – including four runs in the fifth.
Jackson went 3 1/3. He exited after scattering eight hits and seeing the visiting Bulldogs go ahead in the fourth thanks to three runs. Jackson had kept VU ahead, 3-2, until South Suburban got a rally going on a VU error followed by a double, a run-scoring single, a walk and another single.

At that point, freshman Lane Dransfield took over for Jackson and walked a batter to load the bases before striking the next two hitters to end the three-run frame with the Bulldogs on top, 5-3, after batting around.
After VU went scoreless in the bottom of the fourth, South Suburban went to work again in the fifth by sending nine hitters to the plate for the second straight inning. In the fifth, the Bulldogs got a leadoff hit that was followed by a walk and Dransfield’s error when his throw was wide of first base on a sacrifice bunt attempt. A South Suburban sacrifice fly scored a run, then two more runs came home on a one-out double given up by VU freshman Michael Chakiry after he had taken over for Dransfield.
The Trailblazers tried to close the gap in the bottom of the fifth when Volz led off with a hit. Volz drew a pickoff throw from South Suburban starter Jesse Smith that got past the first baseman and Volz advanced to second before going to third on a passed ball on the Bulldogs catcher. Volz then scored on freshman first baseman Jared Lauer’s single after Myers had been plunked by a pitch. Myers eventually scored the Trailblazers’ fifth run later in the inning but that was all the production VU could generate and trailed 9-5.
VU got another run in the sixth inning but that was end of the Trailblazer scoring.
The Trailblazers returned to the field Saturday night vs. Lakeland. VU will also play Sunday with the time to be determined by the results of Saturday night’s game.

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