Club sports roundup
In a hard?fought battle, the Carnegie Mellon Tartans came out on the short end of the stick against the Franciscan Barons to begin the Bob Kloska Invitational Tournament.
Starter Pete Sukits battled all game long, but succumbed to a three-run rally in the bottom of the sixth to take the hard luck loss. Sukits threw 6 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs. With one out in the sixth and a one-run lead, Sukits walked a man, allowed a single, and hit a man. Doug Peters came in in relief hoping to work out of the jam. He allowed a sacrifice fly to the first man, scoring one run, but getting the second out. The next batter, however, hit a base-clearing double, bringing in the final two runs.
The Tartan offense started hot, but cooled off late in the game. Jack Bader led the offense with a two-run homer, and Matt Corbett added an RBI double. Bader doubled in the seventh, but the offense couldn?t put together a rally.
In their second game of the tournament, the team finished on another sour note with a loss to the Robert Morris Colonials, 6?2. Junior Doug Peters got the start and pitched three solid innings before tiring following his relief appearance in the previous game. Peters wound up with
4 1/3 innings pitched, with five runs (four earned), four hits, five strikeouts and two walks.
The Tartan offense never really got rolling in the second game, with two RBI singles by catcher Ryan Comes accounting for all of their attacking power. CF Jiheon Kim led off the second with a single and was at third when Comes dropped a single into right field. In the fourth, LF Billy Ratliff led off with a walk, stole second, and scored on Comes? single.
Peters took the mound in the fourth with a 2?0 lead and
seemed to be cruising. After striking out the first batter, Peters allowed a walk, single, and a batter reached on SS Dan King?s throwing error. A sac fly pushed the first run across, and a two-run double put the Colonials ahead for good. Peters came out for fourth inning, but was lifted after allowing a one out triple. Reliever Sandy Williams finished the game with 1 2/3 innings, allowing two runs and the inherited runner to score.
Head coach Claudio Reilsono expressed the sentiments of the entire team over their performance at the tournament. ?The past two losses have been as tough as I have ever had,? he said. ?I know we had the better team, I know how hard we work, and I know how far we have come as players and as a team.... That is what makes it tough. We are now 5?5. We have 10 more games to go. We will turn it around.?
The Tartans get a chance to right the ship October 1 against Franciscan University, a team they have already lost two of three against this year.