HAMMOND, Ind. & WESTVILLE, Ind. -- The Purdue University Northwest baseball team looks to bounce back from their season opener as the Pride host the University of Indianapolis at Dowling Park Thursday.
LAST TIME OUT
GAME 1: UIS 9, PNW 4
Sophomore Brandon Haczynski (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) pitched a gem for the Pride as the right-hander went six innings, allowed four hits, gave up one run that was earned, issued three walks and struck out three.
PNW got on the scoreboard early in the top of the second inning as junior Hunter Thorn (Portage, Ind./Portage) ripped an RBI double to center scoring Brett Veltema (Jenison, Mich./Jenison/Muskegon CC) from first to make it 1-0. Later that inning, junior Danny Schneberger (Palatine, Ill./Palatine/Harper Junior College) made it 2-0 with a double down the left field line which scored Hunter Thorn (Portage, Ind./Portage) from second base.
Junior Anthony Agne (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield/Joliet JC) expanded the lead to 3-0 after his RBI single scored Austin Kordik (West Chicago, Ill./Community/College of DuPage) from third after Kordik swiped two bags before the hit.
UIS would then score nine unanswered runs starting in the sixth inning as Ryan Fish made it 3-1 PNW with his double down the right-field line. Sophomore Kyle Freel (Dyer, Ind./Lake Central) replaced Haczynski in the bottom of the seventh inning but was unable to find the strike zone as the Prairie Stars cut into the lead to 3-2 as Zach Speaker hit a sacrifice fly to left.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, UIS put the game away for good scoring seven runs in the inning including three off Freel, who was charged with the loss (0-1), pitched one inning, did not allow a hit, allowed three runs (all earned), issued three walks and struck out one. Junior Caden Bell (Hammond, Ind./HAST) got roughed up in his one inning of work, getting out of the eighth inning while giving up five runs (all earned) and issued three walks.
GAME 2: UIS 5, PNW 1
Sophomore Chad Patrick (Hebron, Ind./Hebron) suffered the loss for the Pride in game two. Patrick (0-1) threw four innings, scattered six hits, allowed four runs (all earned), walked two and struck out six.
UIS jumped out early in the second game. The Prairie Stars scored two in the first inning with a double by Chris Monroe.
UIS went ahead 4-0 after the second inning with a single by Ben Schanding. Senior Kyle Flessner (ThomaSboro, Ill./Rantoul Township) relieved Patrick in the fifth frame.
Flessner pitched the final two innings, scattering one hit, allowed one run (unearned), issuing two walks and striking out one. UIS added a run off Flessner in the fifth inning to make it 5-0.
Schneberger scored the Pride’s lone run in the top of the seventh inning as PNW looked to rally but the Prairie Stars recorded the last out.
SCOUTING THE GREYHOUNDS
Indianapolis is coming off a doubleheader split in a doubleheader against Oakland City on March 2. The Greyhounds went 31-23 last season and made it to the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament.
PNW leads the all-time series, 3-1, with all meetings being last season. The Pride won the most recent meeting on April 24, 2018. Alex Batistatos (Hobart, Ind./Hobart) picked up the victory after he threw five shutout innings, allowed six hits and struck out two. Kevin McCune (Munster, Ind./Andrean) went 2-2 with an RBI double.
The Pride are set to play their 2019 home slate at Albert's Diamond Jewelers at Dowling Park in Hammond. Home games include: Indianapolis (Mar. 7), Northwood (Mar. 22-24), Lewis (Mar. 28), Wisconsin-Parkside (March 29-31), Saint Xavier (Apr. 6), Saginaw Valley State (Apr. 18-20) and Ashland (May 3-5).
Admission for all Pride baseball home contests is $6 for adults 18 and up and $4 for children ages 4-17. Children ages 3 and under are free. The ticket office accepts cash only. For detailed directions, nearby restaurants, and other information, please refer to the Travel Guide located here: http://www.pnwathletics.com/fanzone/visitorsguide/
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