The Franciscan University of Steubenville baseball team suffered two losses in its doubleheader against the Washington & Jefferson College Presidents Sunday at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Vaccaro Field.
These games followed only a day after a previous doubleheader between the Barons and the Presidents at Washington & Jefferson College, which also resulted in two losses for the Barons.
The first game resulted in a 20-6 win for the Presidents, being the bigger game of the day and lasting three hours and nine innings. By the bottom of the fourth inning, the Presidents were leading 5-0.
The Barons retaliated, scoring twice in the fourth inning due to the consecutive batting efforts of sophomore catcher Dylan Robb and freshman first base Joshua Speaker.
The Barons faced an even more grim fifth inning, with the Presidents leading 10-2. However, sophomore outfield Kyle Ferrance would later hit a single through the right side, batting in two runs for the Barons.
The Barons’ defense quickly cleaned up after the Presidents at the top of the sixth inning. This preceded the bottom of the sixth, during which Robb hit his first home run of the season, simultaneously batting in two runs and bringing the score to 10-6 in favor of the Presidents.
The final three innings were devastating for the Barons’ defense, as the Presidents scored 10 more runs and the Barons were unable to respond.
The second game at 5 p.m. resulted in a 14-2 win for the Presidents, lasting only two hours and seven innings but dealing a blow to the Barons.
Assistant coach Collin Scott said, “Today we brought a lot of energy and hustle, but a couple of bounces didn’t go our way and we ended up on the wrong side of things. We are still very much in the hunt for the postseason and have a lot of faith in every single one of our athletes.”