By Mac Williams
As of April 18 the University of Findlay’s men’s baseball team sits at 17-16 overall and 7-13 in GLIAC play.
The Oilers have suffered a nine game losing streak which began on Saturday, PAril 8 when they dropped both doubleheaders that weekend as they lost four games to Hillsdale College. On Saturday, April 8, the Oilers dropped the first game 10-2 and the second 9-2 as they struggled to score runs.
During the first game, the Oilers managed eight hits but failed to convert most of those hits into runs, as they only scored two runs in the game. Colin Gossard (1-3), took the loss on the mound for the Oilers. Gossard went 3 2/3 innings on the mound allowing four earned runs on four hits. Hillsdale notched eight hits as well, but cashed in, as they plated ten runs. Will Kruse (5-2), picked up the win on the mound for Hillsdale, as he tossed seven innings of one-run ball, scattering eight hits.
As for the second game on Saturday, it was more of the same for the Oilers as they lost 9-2. Hillsdale came out swinging, as they put four runs on the board in the second inning to take an early 4-0 lead. This put the Oilers in a hole that they couldn’t climb out of. Findlay picked up seven hits at the plate, but just two runs as they again struggled to score. Findlay’s Austin Rodesky (2-3), took the loss as he threw 4 2/3 innings and allowed six earned runs. Hillsdale’s offense was rolling again as they had nine runs on eight hits. Hillsdale’s Kolton Rominski (2-2) picked up the win as he tossed 6 1/3 innings and allowed two earned runs on five hits.
On Sunday, the Oilers again dropped both games by scores of 11-7 and 9-5, respectively. During the first game, the Oilers finally got the offense going as they scored seven runs on eight hits. However, pitching proved to be the issue this time, as Mark Delas and Patrick Theiss combined to allow 11 earned runs on nine hits while only pitching six innings. Hillsdale’s Jeff Burch (3-3) recorded the win as he threw 5 1/3 innings, while allowing four earned runs on six hits.
During the final game of the weekend Hillsdale buried the Oilers quickly as they jumped out to a 7-1 lead after three innings. Findlay scored runs in the third, fourth, seventh, and eighth innings but came up short as they fell 9-5. The Oilers swung the bats well as they managed ten hits. However, Hillsdale countered with twelve hits of their own during their best day at the plate over the weekend. Tyler Kennedy (2-1), took the loss for the Oilers after tossing two innings allowing seven earned runs on nine hits. Andrew Verbrugge (2-5) earned the win after throwing 6 1/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on eight hits.
The Oilers play at Ohio Dominican University in two double headers on April 22 and 23, host Urbana University on April 26 and take on Tiffin University at home in two double headers April 29-30.