Aces' Bats Silent in 4-1 Loss at Charlotte
April 5, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
EVANSVILLE SPORTS RELEASE
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The University of Evansville baseball team managed just six hits in a 4-1 loss to Charlotte Saturday afternoon at Hayes Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. Junior Boomer Synek recorded half of the Purple Aces six hits by going 3-for-4.
"We just ran into a great pitching performance by their starter (Ryan Butler) today," head coach Wes Carroll said. "I thought we hit some balls right at people and just couldn't find any holes to break open a big inning today. We will be back at it tomorrow and hopefully we are set up to win this series."
Synek, who finished with three singles, and sophomore Jonathan Ramon combined for five of Evansville's (18-11) six base hits on the day, as Ramon went 2-for-4 and notched the Aces' lone extra-base hit with a double in the ninth
On the mound, senior Cole Isom (2-3) was saddled with the loss, after giving up three runs on four hits in 4.1 innings. Isom registered one strikeout and issued a pair of walks. Sophomore Brent Jurceka allowed one run on two hits and struck out two in 1.2 innings of relief, before senior Tyler Miller closed the game by allowing just one hit in 2.0 scoreless frames.
Charlotte (8-20-1) starter Ryan Butler (2-4) was brilliant for the 49ers in a complete-game effort, as the righty stranded eight UE base runners and struck out three around three walks.
After four scoreless innings, Evansville manufactured a run to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth. Sophomore Eric McKibban drew a leadoff walk to start the inning and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt off the bat of freshman Devin Williams. McKibban later moved to third on a single by junior Jarod Perry and scored the Aces' lone run on a ground out by sophomore Josh Jyawook.
Charlotte responded by scoring three runs in their half of the fifth, as Brett Lang started the rally with a single to left center and advanced to second on a sac bunt. Mikal Hill tied the game with an RBI single down the line in left and later gave the 49ers a 2-1 lead by scoring on Zach Jarrett's triple to right center. Des Roberts capped the three-run inning with an RBI ground out to short, allowing Jarrett to touch home.
Corbin Shive added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth by homering down the left field line to extend Charlotte's advantage to 4-1 and Butler limited the Aces without a hit over the next three innings, before Synek led off the ninth with a single up the middle and Ramon followed with a double down the line in left. Butler got out of the jam by retiring the next three UE batters he faced to finished off the complete-game win.
Evansville and Charlotte will close their four-game set tomorrow with a 12 p.m. game at Hayes Stadium. Junior Matt Rodgers will take the mound for the Aces and the 49ers will counter with Brock Hudgens.