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Marshall, Mo. – The Hannibal-LaGrange Baseball team had a change of plan on Tuesday when their scheduled home game needed to be moved to an away game. The current field conditions did not allow the Trojans to play at home, after all the rain lately. HLGU lost the first game to the Vikings 3-7 then won the second game 10-3. Since they were playing two non-conference games both games were completed in seven innings.
The first game was tied at three through four innings but MVC scored four in the fifth inning to take the lead for good. All four runs could have been avoided had the Trojans made a play on defense to get out of the inning. Lane Thebeau (SO/Montgomery City, Mo.) went 2 for 3 in the game and Matt Jones (SR/Washington, Mo.) went 2 for 4. Seth Brown (JR/Palmyra, Mo.), Edward Corniel (JR/New York, N.Y.), and Tim Gurnow (SO/Festus, Mo.) each had an RBI in the game. In the end, the four errors committed by HLGU was too much to overcome.
The Trojans were solid on the defensive side of the ball in game two and did not commit a single error. The bats got hot early as HLGU scored four running in the second inning and six runs in the fifth to go up 10-0. The 13 hits in the game allowed a good cushion for starter Matt Graser (SO/St. Charles, Mo.) to stay calm on the mound. He went five innings and gave up the three runs and nine hits. Short on arms from the weekend, catcher Matt Jones finished the last two innings and struck out one and gave up one hit. Antonio Cesin (SR/Caracas, Venezuela) and Jordan Kight (JR/Ontario, Canada) each hit a multi-run homerun in the game. Cesin went 2 for 4 and drove in three runs while Corniel, Gurnow, and Kight went 2 for 4 as well and each drove in two runs.
Coach Ben Strother added, "It was a big for us to see our bats come alive in game two. We had good approaches relative to the count with runners on base. Our aggressive approach and patient at bats at the right time really helped. It was good to see a solid outing from Graser. The timing is also right for our hitter to find rhythm as we head into our conference series with Williams Baptist this weekend."
The baseball team will be traveling to Williams Baptist College on Thursday and Friday this week as HLGU is on Easter Break. The Thursday, April 13 game will begin at 3 p.m. while the Friday doubleheader will start at 11 a.m. The final home series of the season will be against William Woods University on April 21-22. Mark your calendars as we celebrate Senior Day on April 22nd with games starting at noon.