Cameron University Baseball continued their rough start to the 2013 season as they were swept by the Henderson State Reddies at McCord Field Feb. 9-10.
The weekend started with CU dropping the first two games to the Reddies by scores of 4-5 and 1-8, respectively. The Aggies came up short again on day two losing the first game by a score of 0-7 and the second by 6-10. The Aggies finished the weekend with a record of 0-6.
Game one on Sunday Feb. 10 was one that Aggie fans would soon like to forget. The Aggies started the game with a good first inning defensively but the Reddies took off on their scoring run in the second. The Reddies came out swinging scoring three runs off four hits and an Aggie error.
Cameron kept the Reddies at bay until the sixth inning when Jordan Trosclair hit a bomb to center, plating two for HSU bringing the score to 0-5. The Reddies scored once more after Trosclair stole both second and third and was driven home off a single by Corso.
Throughout the game Trosclair contributed five of the Reddies’ eight stolen bases.
HSU scored once more in the top of the seventh to end their shutout run. The Aggies made a valiant effort to get a seventh inning rally going when junior Brad Blumer hit a leadoff triple to start the inning. The Aggies could do nothing to bring Blumer home as two walks and strikeouts ensued, stranding Blumer on third to end the game.
Head coach for the Aggies Todd Holland said there was nothing his team could do the first game. The Aggies had no runs and you cannot win with a zero on the board.
“It just got out of control,” Coach Holland said. “We didn’t score, we didn’t hit, you know we’re just trying to get these guys into something new and they haven’t completely bought in, so we’re just kind of trying to figure out who we are as an identity.”
Game two started off on a much better note than game one. Defensively, the Aggies allowed one run in the top of the first and retaliated in the bottom of the inning when junior Keaton Green led off with a single and a stolen base, putting him in scoring position. Blumer drove Green to the plate with an RBI double. The Green-Blumer connection could not be stopped as Green was plated again in the third off another Blumer RBI.
The fifth inning proved interesting as the two teams traded blows. Both squads scored multiple runs in the inning as Henderson State started the inning by plating two runs off one hit and one Aggie error. The Aggies were hot on their trail bringing three runs in off an RBI double from junior Brandon Raidy and an RBI single from junior Tyler Cox.
In the sixth inning the Reddies plated two more runs off two hits, while in the bottom of the inning the Aggies plated one run off an RBI double down the left field line from Green. Errors plagued the Aggies throughout the game and in the seventh inning Henderson State took off with the lead and never looked back.
Plating four runs off four hits and one Aggie error, the Reddies took a commanding lead and added one more run to the total in the top of the eighth.
Although the Aggies started great they could not hold onto any sort of lead after the fifth inning. Coach Holland explained that the Aggies needed hits in certain time and could not get them, whereas HSU was on their game when it came to stepping up to the plate.
“Just a break here, a break there, and we could not get them out with two strikes,” Coach Holland said. “We would start to get a momentum shift and every time they needed a hit, they got one. We started getting hits and then all of a sudden we needed a hit and we would line out. Their short stop made some good plays and that’s the thing, winning teams make those, other teams don’t.”