SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Purdue University Northwest Baseball team lost game one, after leading late in the game, 9-4, and dropped game two, 5-1, as the Pride dropped a pair of games against Illinois-Springfield at UIS Baseball Field Friday.
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 Thorn 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.
PNW returns to action Tuesday, March 5 as the Pride host their opening day as they take on University of Indianapolis for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. CT.