February 23, 2012

Baseball Falls to Oregon on Thursday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Belmont baseball team (2-2) fell to Oregon (4-1) by a score of 13-4 in non-conference action on Thursday evening.  Junior captain Drew Turner (Shelbyville, Tenn.) and junior Jared Breen (Marietta, Ga.) both homered in the defeat.

Things got away from the Bruins early, as senior captain Matt Hamann (Northbrook, Ill.) allowed six runs to the Ducks during the first two innings of play.  Coming off of a quality scoreless five-inning outing last weekend, Hamann's loss on the mound is already half the amount of defeats he totaled last season.

"On a day like this, offense has a good opportunity to put up runs," Head Coach Dave Jarvis said following the game. "We didn't make pitches, and we gave up too many walks by trying to be careful.  Oregon made us pay for those mistakes. They made us pay for putting free runners on base. We had opportunities to do the same, and we didn't capitalize."

The Ducks took advantage of a number of walks, hit by pitches, and errors in the first couple of innings, but it was a pair of two-run homers by Connor Hofmann and Shaun Chase in the third and fourth innings, respectively, that gave Oregon 10 runs before the halfway point of the contest.

Belmont attempted to keep things close with some offense of its own over the first few innings.  Senior captain Zac Mitchell (Cordova, Tenn.) singled to lead off the first inning, and eventually scored on a wild pitch after advancing to second on a sacrifice by senior Dylan Craig (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) and stealing third.

In the third inning the Bruins tacked on two more to cut the Oregon lead to 8-3 when Turner hit long home run to left center field.  Breen, who walked earlier in the inning, was driven in by the homer.  It marked Turner's first career home run.

Belmont failed to put a dent in the scoreboard until Breen's homer in the eighth, which made it the eventual final score of 13-4.  The Bruin shortstop hit a solo shot to lead off the eighth, recording sixth career homer.

Senior Brandon Frensley (Hendersonville, Tenn.) gave Belmont a couple of quality innings out of the bullpen, allowing no runs on one hit, no walks, and two strikeouts during the fifth and sixth innings. The left-hander faced the minimum six batters for his two innings of work.

Belmont finished with four runs on six hits, as junior Judah Akers (Cookeville, Tenn.) doubled, and sophomores William Dodd (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and Spencer Petett (Tompkinsville, Ky.) added base hits in the loss.  The Bruins also totaled two errors in the contest.

Oregon finished with 13 runs on 13 hits and no errors.  Billy Flamion improved to 1-0 on the mound after allowing two runs on one hit, two walks, and two strikeouts in 4.1 innings out of the bullpen.  

The Bruins will next host Arkansas-Little Rock on Friday and Sunday, with a home contest against Bradley taking place on Saturday.  The Ducks will head down the road to play a three-game series at Vanderbilt on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.