March 22, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

BELLEVILLE –  An inability to hit with runners in scoring position and inconsistent starting pitching led to a doubleheader loss for the John A. Logan College baseball team Saturday.

The Volunteers fell 5-1 and 7-2 to Southwestern Illinois at Belleville, completing a three-game sweep by the Blue Storm.

Logan slides to 4-5 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and to 6-8 overall.

Sophomore righthander Ryan Dunne took the loss in the opener for the Vols. He allowed all five runs, four of which were earned, on six hits in five innings of work. He struck out five and walked one.

Freshman Gabe Jelley of Zeigler tossed three shutout innings in relief, giving up two hits.

The Vols scored their lone run in the third when Nate Tholl singled in Kyle Schneider who had doubled.

Logan had 11 hits in all as highlighted by Schneider’s three base knocks. The Vols also stranded 11 baserunners and 18 of the 27 recorded outs were fly balls.

In Game 2, the Vols took a brief 2-1 lead on the strength of a solo homer by Schneider and RBI single from sophomore shortstop Culver Plant.

Sophomore southpaw Joey Marciano was pitcher of record. He surrendered six runs, five earned, on eight hits in five innings of work. He did strike out eight, walked two, and hit one batter.

Peyton Cypress hurled the final frame and gave up one run on two hits. Offensively, JALC collected only five hits. In addition to Schneider’s solo blast, Plant had two hits, including a double and RBI single. Tyler Horchem contributed a double and Jeff Hahs singled.

“Nobody is stepping up and driving in runs when we have scoring opportunities,” said Vols head coach Jerry Halstead. “Seven times, we left runners in scoring position in the first game. That’s bad baseball and very uncharacteristic for this baseball program the last 30-plus years. We’ve got to get better. We’ve played four weekends and had our tails kicked in three of them.”

Logan plays host to Shawnee College for a single game at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Carterville and then travels to Robinson at 3 p.m. Thursday to resume conference play against Lincoln Trail.