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Baseball team gets off to a slow start

Freshman Jonathan Basinski plays middle infield for the team. Credit: Dustars.com

By: Jackie Kasprzycki, Sports Editor

After finishing 2-6 in Fort Meyers, Fla., the men’s baseball team is trying to improve for the tough regular season ahead of them. Even though the Stars had a high number of hits per game, they had difficulty keeping their lead and getting hits when it was critical.

In the game against the United States Merchant Marine Academy Mariners the Stars suffered a 14-3 loss as their trip came to an end in Fort Meyers. The Stars managed to have a 3-2 lead early in the game but not for long as they gave up five runs on three hits, one error, a walk and a one hit batter. The Mariners did not let up as they went into the sixth inning earning four more runs on only two hits, two hit batters and one walk.

The Stars somehow managed to hit 10 batters in the game as senior Matt Dehn took the loss against the Mariners as he fell to 0-2 on the season. Dehn finished the game surrendering six runs, two walks and hit five batters.

The Stars returned home from Florida to take on the Washington University Bears on March 17. The Stars’ offense allowed them to claim the first game of the double header winning 12-6 but fell to the Bears during the next game 10-0. Junior Zack Roszak picked up the win in the first game as he pitched a complete game surrendering six runs on eleven hits and struck out four.

Freshman Jonathan Basinski and senior Jesse Bongartz played particularly well in the first game on Thursday. Basinski reached base four times and went 2-for-3 with a walk and a hit by pitch. He scored twice and drove in a two run single in the top of the seventh inning. Bongartz, who was making his first start of the year, went 2-for-3 and had an RBI triple.

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