By Harrison LaLone, Sports Information Student Assistant
Berea, Ky. - The Alma College baseball team hit the road again Friday (March 17) for a three-game series against the Mountaineers of Berea College (KY), srarting with a doubleheader of seven-inning games on Saturday (Mar. 18).
Game 1: Berea 5, Alma 4
Freshman Josh Riggs (Irons, Mich. / Brethren) was given his third start of the year on the bump for the Scots. In his first five innings, Riggs and the field only allowed one hit per inning and two runs, only one of which was earned. By the time Riggs would be relieved in the sixth, the score was 4-3 in favor of Alma.
The scoring for the Scots started in the second innning with a single from junior Austin Roeske (Warren, Mich. / De La Salle Collegiate) that sent junior Nick Swanson (West Bloomfield, Mich. / Notre Dame Prep) home and senior Patrick Finn (Allenton, Mich. / Almont) to third. After freshman Jaret Koin (Sterling, Mich. / Standish-Sterling Central) walked to load the bases, senior Greg Goffee (Dexter, Mich. / Dexter) would walk as well to send Finn home from third.
Each of the team's final two runs came on extra-base hits by senior Adam Thoryk (Syracuse, N.Y. / John C. Birdlebough / St. John Fisher College). Thoryk doubled in the third and tripled in the fifth, scoring Nick Swanson on both hits.
Mountaineers made their move to take the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Two runs would be scored to take the game to its eventual final score.
Game 2: Berea 2, Alma 1
Senior Mike Mallory (Ithaca, Mich./Ithaca) made his third appearance on the mound this year, and his second as a starter. In similar fashion to his last start, the game became a defensive duel of pitchers. Mallory would allow his one run in the second inning and one in the third, and only gave up three hits in his first four innings, keeping the score within striking range for his batters. Mallory would be the only pitcher for the entire game for the Scots, first complete game.
With the score 2-0 Berea, senior Jerome Jackson (Harper Woods, Mich. / Harper Woods) found himself at the plate with the bases loaded in the top of the fourth. A patient at-bat yielded Jackson a walk to score Adam Thoryk. Unfortunately, a double play on the next at-bat would cut the momentum short for the Scots, leaving the score at its final.
Alma will spend the night in Kentucky and head back out to the diamond for one more matchup with Berea College on Sunday, March 19. The game is scheduled to start at 11:00 am.