After struggling offensively in the series-opener on Saturday, the Cardinal bats provided enough…
Baseball Falters Late In Loss
With a 5-4 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth inning, Head Coach Mark Marquess elected to turn the game over to his ace freshman closer Jeremy Bleich. Bleich brought a spectacular 0.79 ERA and five saves into this afternoon's contest and looked as if he could be headed toward another successful outing after striking out clean-up man Beau Mills to lead off the frame. Then the wheels came off. After Christian Vitters was hit by the pitch, Brian Lapin stepped to the plate and in arguably the at-bat of the game he grounded a ball to Chris Lewis at second base and in what could have been an inning-ending double play. But the ground ball rolled under Lewis' glove and when the Cardinal second baseman raced back to pick up the ball, his hurried throw over to first in an attempt to get at least one out on the play bounced past Jason Castro. Lewis was credited with two errors - one fielding to allow the hitter to reach and one throwing allowing both runners to move into scoring...
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