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VU Baseball outlasts Wabash Valley College for 2-1 win

MT. CARMEL, Ill. - Timing was huge in the Vincennes University Baseball Team's 2-1 victory Monday at Wabash Valley College in the Mt. Carmel, IL.
First of all, the game got in before rain drops began to fall in Mt. Carmel.
Second of all, VU starter Jordan Young exited from the game with the score tied 1-1 after he had battled for seven innings. Trailblazer utilityman Jared Lauer took over for Young and threw two scoreless innings for the win after VU pushed across a ninth-inning run to make the decision a victory for him instead of a win for Young and a save for Lauer.
Lauer (2-1) joked after the contest, "I feel bad that Jordan went seven innings and I got that win. I told him that I'd give it to him."
The story of the game was that both teams scored a run in the opening inning, then both lineups couldn't get over the hump to plate another run until VU (15-18) got in the scoring column again in the final frame. The Trailblazers' sophomore shortstop Brad Hartman got on to lead off the game and, after being sacrificed to third, scored on sophomore third baseman Lance Myers' base hit.
In addition to Myers' RBI, freshman outfielder Lane Dransfield drove in the winning run. Freshman outfielder Matt Kunce scored that winning run as part of his 2-for-4 day at the plate.
Wabash Valley got a run of its own in the bottom of the inning when a Young pitch hit the Warriors' first hitter and Young issued a base on balls to the second hitter before grazing Wabash Valley's third hitter with a pitch to load the bases. The Warriors' cleanup hitter, Angel Alicea, then drove in the run with a single to right.
Young then settled in and recorded a 1-2-3 second inning and kept the Warriors in check through seven frames. He scattered five hits - all singles, including a sharply-hit, bad-hop groundball - and struck out two while walking three.
Lauer walked one and hit a batter.
After threatening and failing to score in the fifth and eighth innings, the Trailblazers got it done in the ninth when Kunce led off with a single and freshman first baseman Austin Slover sacrificed him into scoring position. Kunce eventually scored on a single by Dransfield to make it 2-1.
In Wabash Valley's last shot at tying or winning the game, Lauer put the leadoff hitter on with a pitch that hit the batter. The first out came when the Warriors sacrificed the leadoff batter to second. Lauer then got the third hitter of the half-inning to fly out to right and VU ended it when Wabash Valley's fourth hitter of the frame fouled a pitch almost straight up at the plate and VU sophomore catcher Alex Rojas settled under it to catch it and close out the victory.

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