Blue Knight Baseball News
Baseball Wins One for Seniors on Season's Last Day
A senior-laden lineup helped the Urbana University baseball team split a home doubleheader with visiting Notre Dame College on Senior Day Sunday. Game 1 ended in a walk-off 2-1 thanks to an Urbana lineup that featured five straight seniors at the top of the batting order, a senior starting pitcher, and a winning senior reliever. The Falcons avenged the Game 1 loss, and won the weekend series 3-1, with a 20-7 victory in Sunday’s night cap.
The only Blue Knight senior missing from the Game 1 win was Saturday’s starting pitcher Nick Bozman. Senior Jeff Beall got the rare starting nod in Game 1 after making his first 17 appearances this season in relief. Beall scattered five hits over 4.1 innings. He gave up just one run on after the Falcons strung together three hits in the third inning. Senior Jordan Hill relieved Beall in the fifth inning and allowed just one more Falcon hit the rest of the way. Read More
NDC Eliminates UU from MEC Tournament ContentionMay. 2nd, 2015
One day from the end of the regular season, the visiting Falcons from Notre Dame College eliminated Urbana University from contention from the final playoff spot in the Mountain East Conference’s six-team conference tournament. The Falcons swept Urbana 4-1 and 11-5, ending the Blue Knights hopes of stealing the final tournament spot from West Virginia Wesleyan College on the regular season’s final day on Sunday.
Errors and free passes hurt the home team in Game 1 on a gorgeous afternoon at Blue Knights Field. Urbana grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third on senior Evan Hacker’s second home run of the season, but the Falcons scored three times in the fifth thanks to a pair of leadoff walks, two Urbana errors and just one single. Urbana outhit the Falcons 6-3, but couldn’t get a timely hit with runners on base. Read More
Cedarville Outslugs Urbana 15-13Apr. 29th, 2015
The Yellow Jackets from Cedarville University outlasted Urbana University 15-13 on a picture-perfect Wednesday evening at Blue Knights Field. The Yellow Jackets had 17 hits to Urbana’s 14 in a back-and-forth affair that came down to the final out.
Cedarville started the offensive onslaught with four runs in the top of the first inning, but the Blue Knights bounced back with four runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Urbana surged ahead 9-4 after a five-run third inning, but the Yellow Jackets answered with an eight-run outburst in their very next at bat. The score remained 12-9 in favor of the visitors until the seventh inning. Cedarville scored another run before the Blue Knights cut the deficit to 13-12 with a three-run eighth inning. The Yellow Jackets tacked on two crucial insurance runs in the top of the ninth because the Blue Knights plated a run in the bottom of the ninth and got the tying run on base before Cedarville closed out the game.
Matt Paculan was 2 for 4 with a double, triple, two runs and 2 RBI's. Read More
#31 Shepherd Sends Baseball Back Without a WinApr. 26th, 2015
Mountain East Conference frontrunner Shepherd University left Urbana University with a very small window for making the league’s post-season tournament after sweeping four straight contests from the Blue Knights this weekend in Shepherdstown. The nationally ranked Rams followed Saturday’s doubleheader sweep with another on Sunday, winning 8-2 and 10-5 on their way to a 4-0 series win.
Urbana entered the weekend tied for the sixth and final spot in the MEC standings. After the team Urbana was tied with, West Virginia Wesleyan College, took 3 of 4 from their opponent this weekend, the Blue Knights now sit three games back with four conference games remaining. Read More
Nationally Ranked Rams Walk-off with a Sweep on SaturdayApr. 25th, 2015
An important weekend series at nationally ranked Shepherd University didn’t start the way Urbana University needed on Saturday afternoon. The Blue Knights blew a 2-run lead in the bottom of the seventh inning of Game 1 before suffering a shutout loss in Game 2. The Mountain East Conference-leading Rams won in walk-off fashion 9-8 in the opener and dominant 11-0 fashion in the night cap.
In Game 1, Blue Knight Matt Paculan did all that he could to carry his squad to victory. The senior centerfielder hit a two-run home run in the top of the first, drove in two more on a double in the fourth, and tied the game 6-6 with a 2-run single in the top of the seventh. After Paculan’s big hit in the seventh, Urbana actually grabbed an 8-6 lead thanks a bases loaded walk and Paculan, who stole a base and scored on a wild pitch. In the bottom of the seventh, Shepherd strung together back-to-back singles after a quick out. Jonathan Sarty won it for the Rams on a walk-off three-run home run. Read More