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Liberty no match for Trojan baseball

By Justin Webster | Jun 14, 2018
Photo by: Hannah Schroeder/The Gazette James Lyman pitches to Iowa City Liberty at the Mt. Mercy Robert W. Plaster Sports Complex on Wednesday.

When you get on base 41 times in 75 at-bats over the course of two games, you better win as Fairfield did over Iowa City Liberty Wednesday when they collected 12-4 and 18-7 wins on the campus of Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, improving to 15-3 overall.

Head Coach Josh Allison said several guys produced for Fairfield and it was a good night for Trojan baseball in all phases of the game.


Game one

Austin Simpson went 2-3 with two walks and three RBI, including a two-run homer in the first to give the Trojans an early lead in the game while widening the gap on his sister in their personal homerun derby.

The Lightning responded in their opening at-bat, tying the game at two with the help of an RBI single from sophomore Sam Funke.

Liberty captured the lead in the second when freshman Ethan O’Donnell singled on a 1-0 count for an RBI, with his teammates extending it to 4-0 before the end of the inning.

After scoring a run in the third to cut it to 4-3, the Trojans regained the lead for good with two runs in the fourth when senior Kosta Papazagolou doubled on a 3-2 count, scoring the go-head runs.

Two runs in the sixth more than iced the victory, but Noah Stone, Hunter Drish, Tristin Waugh, Cooper Drish and Papazogolou all had RBI in the seventh to make it 10 unanswered runs scored after briefly trailing 4-2.

James Lyman got the win for Fairfield after surrendering four runs on six hits over seven innings, while striking out three and walking zero.

Hunter Hoskins, Waugh, Papazogolou and Simpson each racked up multiple hits for Fairfield with Hoskins going 3-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

The Trojans also stole six bases during the game with Cooper Drish and Cole Engle collecting two a piece and Waugh and pinch-runner Drew Martin swiping one each.


Game two

When you use three pitchers in a high school game like Fairfield did during game two, you are usually dealing with extra innings or a blowout loss.

The Trojans faced neither of those predicaments Wednesday night and not only did their starter Jimmy Kurka get the win, he never trailed in the shortened five-inning victory.

A Tristin Waugh triple on a 3-1 count gave the Trojans a 1-0 advantage before they extended that lead to 4-0 by the middle of the second.

After the Lightning tallied a run in the home half of the second, Fairfield doubled their run total with four more in the third for an 8-1 lead.

Liberty scored three in the bottom of the third with the help of an Isaac Bender triple and a Nolan Frey Fielder’s Choice, but it was too little, too late as Fairfield outscored the Lightning 10-3 over the final two innings.

The Trojans had 12 hits and drew nine walks in 34 at-bats for a .618 on-base percentage with Waugh leading the team with three hits to go with three runs scored and two RBI.

Engle was 1-1 with two walks drawn and three runs scored to go with three RBI.

Simpson was walked four times but managed to score three of those instances although he had zero official at-bats.

Cooper Drish went 2-2 with two RBI and four runs scored.

Kurka was 1-2 with a walk and two RBI.

Hoskins went 2-5 with an RBI and a run plus a stolen base to boot.

Hunter Drish was 1-4 with an RBI.

Jackson Weaton had a hit, a walk and a run in three official at-bats while Papazogolou had four RBI and a run scored in four at-bats thanks to a double and two stolen bases.

James Lyman and Drew Martin also stole bases and scored a run each as pinch-runners.

Kurka got the win after lasting two innings and allowing two runs on four hits while walking one.

Papazogolou pitched the third and fourth before Hoskins entered the game in the fifth to close out the game.

Thursday the guys travel to Knoxville for a non-conference doubleheader against the Panthers before heading to Washington Monday and Muscatine on June 20.

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