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Trailblazers top Lake Michigan, 6-4, in opener of baseball weekend; Young’s strong mound effort just what VU needed

The Vincennes University Baseball Team got eight strong innings on the mound from freshman Jordan Young and two-RBI days from sophomores Lance Myers and Chris Minks at the plate to highlight a 13-hit offensive attack in topping Lake Michigan, 6-4, Friday at Jerry Blemker Field.
The game was followed by a match-up of South Suburban and Lakeland (OH) as the Trailblazers will host a weekend of games at the field.
Myers, the Trailblazer third baseman, and freshman first baseman Jared Lauer were 3-for-4 while freshman catcher Alex Rojas was 3-for-5. All three of those hitters and Minks, the designated hitter, had doubles for the Trailblazers. Lauer and sophomore center fielder Matt Volz both scored twice.
The Trailblazers (4-12) couldn’t have asked for more as the offense scored in six different innings and Young’s seven-hit, four-strikeout, three-walk effort allowed a VU pitching staff to rest up after the Trailblazers used seven pitchers in Tuesday’s 11-inning marathon vs. Wabash Valley.
After an unearned run in the first inning because of a VU error to open the game, Young (2-2) kept the Red Hawks off the board until the seventh. His only real trouble spot was the fifth when he got two quick outs but then walked the next three batters. However, Young got off the hook when he got a fly ball to center for the third out without yielding a run.
Meanwhile, the Trailblazers were scoring single runs in nearly every inning to play add-on and give Young room with which to work. VU scored in the first when Volz led off with a walk and stole second before Lauer singled to score him.
VU scored again in the third when Rojas doubled with one out and following two straight walks by Lake Michigan starter Eric Fountain and came home on a groundout by Minks. The Trailblazers added their third run in the fourth as Lauer reached on an error and Myers scored him with a single after Lauer had gotten into scoring position at second on a wild pitch.
In the sixth, Lauer’s one-out double combined with another two-base hit by Myers to make it 4-1 VU. After Lake Michigan scored in the seventh to make it 4-2, the Trailblazers pushed across another run in the bottom of the frame and then the top of the order produced yet again in the eighth as Volz worked a one-out walk and eventually scored on Rojas’ single.
Sophomore Mitchell Lawson came on in the ninth and was greeted with a single before walking the second hitter he faced. Sophomore Drew Johnston then entered to give up the inning’s second single before sandwiching a 6-4-3 double play and a fly ball to left around a hit batter to close out the game.
VU will return to action at 1:30 p.m. Saturday vs. South Suburban. The game will follow an 11 a.m. game between Lake Michigan and Lakeland. After the Trailblazers and South Suburban, South Suburban will come back to face Lake Michigan at 4 p.m. Saturday.
On Sunday, VU is scheduled to play at 12:30 p.m.

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