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Baseball: Blue Raiders sweep Indiana Wesleyan

The Lindsey Wilson baseball team may have turned some heads with how they handled Olivet Nazarene University last weekend, but the latest results might break some necks.

For the second home series in a row, the Blue Raiders welcomed in a non-conference opponent listed as receiving votes in the NAIA's coaches poll. Despite Mother Nature forcing the series to be condensed to two nine-inning games on Saturday, the locals focused in and grinded out two huge wins over Indiana Wesleyan University.

Game One | Lindsey Wilson 12, Indiana Wesleyan 11 (10 Innings)
Saturday's first barn burner totaled 23 runs on 23 hits, all over the course of 10 innings. When the dust finally settled, it was the Blue Raiders emerging victorious thanks to some extra-inning magic.

After the visiting Wildcats got their noses in front in the top half of the 10th frame, it was up to the local's offense to try and keep their hopes alive.

Jordan Blick led off the rally with a single into right field, setting up Henry Paulino as the winning-run. With an electric crack of the bat, the Blue Raiders' senior sent a deep fly ball toward the Cumberland Parkway, effectively sealing Lindsey Wilson's second walk-off triumph of the year.

Paulino's heroics came after Indiana Wesleyan had muscled back into the game after trailing 8-3. In fact, the Blue Raiders were tasked with playing from behind just a few innings before the game-winner, as the Wildcats scattered seven runs across the seventh and eighth innings to build a 10-8 advantage.

In the bottom leg of the eighth frame, Chance Stayton followed a lead-off strikeout with an infield hit off a Wildcats miscue. Then, Blick moved his teammate across the diamond on a base-hit to right center field. After Kyle Collin was inserted into the game to pinch run for Blick, the Blue Raiders got the bases juiced when Paulino was hit by a pitch. The pressure of having the bases full seemed to fluster the Wildcats' rotation into a series of wild pitches. With those errant throws, Lindsey Wilson pounced to push across Stayton and Collin to tie the contest at 10-10.

Local's reliever Cade Duncan did his part on the bump in the final innings to secure his first win of 2023. In 2.2 frames pitched, he struck out three Wildcats and allowed only one run on four hits.

Game Two | Lindsey Wilson 13, Indiana Wesleyan 8
The Blue Raiders did not take long to shake things up in Saturday's second game. Following a perfect first inning, Lindsey Wilson erupted for 10 runs in the bottom half of the second frame and ultimately chased away three different Wildcat pitchers.

An infield error off the bat of Paulino kick-started the chaos, then four-straight walks and a wild pitch happened, and just like that the Blue Raiders found themselves ahead, 2-0.

Following the first Indiana Wesleyan pitching change, Lindsey Wilson went right after the newly placed Wildcat with another walk to plate Thorne Gray and back-to-back RBI-base-hits from Stayton and Blick to balloon the lead up to 6-0. This series of events led to the second change on the hill by the visitors, and once again, the Blue Raiders wasted no time getting back to their offensive barrage.

Consecutive singles from Paulino and Austin Rayno brought around Stayton and Blick to make it an 8-0 ballgame, and then a subsequent hit up the middle by Lucas Bault quickly returned Paulino to the plate as the home side's ninth run of the game.

The scoring avalanche subsided after a failed pickoff attempt soared wide to allow Rayno to trot home from third base, but by then the damage was done and Lindsey Wilson led 10-0.

It is the first time since March 25, 2022 that the Blue Raiders have scored 10 or more runs in a single inning.

Indiana Wesleyan managed to piece together a five-run sixth inning to trim the host's lead, however, a two-run RBI-single by Blick in the seventh inning sealed the deal.

Mason Malone earned the win on the mound for Lindsey Wilson with 5.1 innings pitched and six strikeouts. Reliever Jonathan Phipps checked in in the sixth frame and tossed the remaining 3.2 innings while retiring five on strikes.

All told, the Blue Raiders recorded 25 runs on 19 hits, including five total hits and four runs batted in by Blick.

Next on the docket for the baseball team is a single road game at Bryan College (TN) on Tuesday, February 21, 2023, at 3pmCT.

This story was posted on 2023-02-19 12:22:29
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