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VU Baseball's batting order held in check, mound staff battered in 11-1 seback at Wabash Valley College

MT. CARMEL, Ill. - The Vincennes University Baseball Team saw host Wabash Valley scored in six of seven innings Tuesday afternoon as the Trailblazers dropped an 11-1 decision to the Warriors in Mt. Carmel, IL.

The game ended via the 10-run mercy rule with one out in the seventh inning.

The Trailblazers (12-11) scored their lone run in the third. Sophomore second baseman Brett Yeryar led off the inning with a walk. One out later, freshman catcher Dylan Collins sacrificed Yeryar to second and he then advanced to third on a Wabash Valley passed ball. At that point, sophomore right fielder Jared Lauer, who had two of VU's four hits, singled up the middle to score Yeryar. Lauer was 2-for-3 on the day, including a single to lead off the contest.

VU threatened to plate a second run in the inning as sophomore shortstop Justin Kirkpatrick then doubled to deep center. Lauer reached third on the hit, but was stranded there. From that inning on, the Trailblazers had one runner reach third and only two other VU runners got to second in the game.

Wabash Valley scored only once in the first two innings. But the Warriors broke loose in the third with three runs, plated a run in the fourth and scored three times again in the fifth inning. Wabash Valley added a pair of runs in the sixth. VU freshman starter Braxton Yeryar yielded gave up four runs on five hits, while striking out four and walking seven batters in the first two-and-two-thirds innings. Jarrod Patzschke followed Yeryar and allowed a run on one hit and a base on balls while fanning one batter. Freshman Nick Cottongim and sophomore Grant Buckley gave up a total of five runs on a combined seven hits over the next two-and-one-third innings.

With the score 10-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh, Lauer moved to the mound from right field to do mop-up duty for the Trailblazer pitching staff in his first pitching appearance of the season. He struck out the first batter he faced but the inning's second hitter, Chris Monasmith, who had taken over behind the plate earlier in the game, jumped on a 3-2 pitch and hit it over the left field fence for a 10-run lead and made the game official. It was Wabash Valley's second round-tripper of the day.

VU's game at Olney Central on Wednesday was postponed because the Blue Knights need to use the date for a conference game. The Trailblazers' next scheduled game is at 1 p.m. Friday, hosting Lakeland at Jerry Blemker Field.

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