The UIS baseball team resumed its rain-halted series at Tusculum on Sunday, winning the suspended game 4-3, then falling 5-4 in the series finale. The Prairie Stars are 2-1 after one weekend of competiton in 2024.
The series was cut to three games after rain in the Eastern Tennessee region did not allow the teams to play on Saturday. UIS started the series with an 8-2 win on Friday.
GAME TWO (Resumed in T3, W, 4-3)
- Before the game was halted on Friday, UIS led 1-0 with a home run by Mack Clark. Adam Lindsey pitched the first two innings, tallying two strikeouts and allowing just one hit
- Play resumed in the top of the 3rd on Sunday, with UIS scoring on a sequence of two walks, a single, and a sacrifice fly
- Jack Winterbauer took the mound for the next four innings
- Tusculum managed a three-run homer in their half of the 3rd
- UIS scored two runs in the 5th to take the lead at 4-3. The final two innings were scoreless. Kyle Tyler appeared in the final inning, picking up one strikeout and earning the save
- UIS took to scoring first when Mack Clark sent TJ Yakimisky home with an RBI single
- Tusculum's first two runs came from bases-loaded walks. The third was on a fielder's choice. The Pioneers left two on base as UIS got out of the inning
- The next two innings were scoreless on both sides before the Pioneers added one more run in the bottom of the 5th
- The Prairie Stars rallied two hits in the first three at bats of the 6th to force a pitching change, but would strand three runners
- The UIS rally of one run in each of the final three innings fell just short with the game-tying run on second base
From the Box Score
Mack Clark's 7 hits (2 doubles, 1 HR) in 12 at bats made a difference on the weekend. Jackson Blemler added 5 hits and scored three runs, and TJ Yakimisky and Mark Kattula each had four hits of their own.
On the mound, UIS totaled 20 strikeouts in 25 innings (9, 7, 9) as Gavin Wahlbrink and Jack Winterbauer picked up wins.
TJ Yakimisky at first base put out 25 runners on the weekend including 15 in the series finale. Jackson Blemler added 10 assists while Johnny Colombo had 8.
UIS will make the trip to Joplin, Mo. next weekend for the MSSU Lion Classic Tournament where they will face UMary, Minnesota State-Mankato, and host school Missouri Southern.