Despite leading for six innings, the Urbana University baseball team came up short against Findlay, 10-3, Wednesday afternoon at Blue Knight Baseball Field.
UU (11-16) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a two-out double by Nick Gallagher, but that was all the offense the Blue Knights could string together before tacking on a pair of insignificant runs in the ninth. The Blue Knights had five hits through four, and got the leadoff man aboard in each of those at-bats, but were kept hitless in the fifth through eighth innings.
Findlay (17-7) mounted five runs in both the seventh and ninth frames against the UU bullpen to put the game out of reach. The Oilers gained revenge from UU’s 2-1 win a week ago at Findlay.
Unfortunately, UU starter Mitch Lawson saw his outstanding effort on the mound fall by the wayside. The senior right-hander tossed five shutout innings, moving the ball all over the strike zone, while allowing just four hits with four strikeouts and no walks.
Gallagher and Brent West each posted two base knocks with both of Gallagher’s hits going for two bags. The senior outfielder extended his hitting streak to 13 games and has now reached base in 25 straight outings.
Findlay reliever Alexander Theiss earned the win after three innings of work, while UU’s Adam Ramirez was tagged with the loss. Ramirez entered in the sixth and retired the side but struggled in the seventh after allowing a leadoff walk.
Down 10-1 in the ninth, West drew a one-out walk and then moved to third on Gallagher’s double. The two runners advanced on a wild pitch as West scored to make it 10-2. Then, Brandon Davis reached on an infield single that pushed Gallagher across for the final run.
The Blue Knights committed five defensive miscues and hit into four double plays.
UU hosts MEC North preseason favorite Shepherd at Blue Knight Baseball Field on Saturday and Sunday. Both doubleheaders will begin at 1 p.m.