ROCHESTER HILLS, MICH.- The Warriors finished a tough weekend schedule against Robert Morris University- Chicago, dropping four home games. Rochester College looks to snap the four game losing skid tomorrow, April 10, at home against Lourdes College.
After winning two of three games during the week, Rochester College came home Friday, April 6, to face the Eagles of Robert Morris- Chicago. Andrew Jarrell (Commerce, MI/Walled Lake Northern) started on the mound for the Warriors and lasted 3 innings, surrendering 4 runs and walking 3 batters. Fernando Delacruz (Sarasota, FL/Riverview) came in as relief in the fourth, giving up 3 earned runs on 5 hits, and getting 2 strikeouts. Chaz Hill (Imlay City, MI/Lapeer East) led the way for the Warriors' bats, going 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run. Ryan Chipka (Waterville, OH/Anthony Wayne) and David Woodson (Vallejo, CA/ Vallejo) each had an RBI at the top of Rochester College's order.
Adalberto Galvan pitched nearly a full game for Robert Morris, going 6.2 innings. He gave up 3 earned runs off of 10 hits, and had 3 strikeouts. James Dawson was a force to be reckoned with at the plate, batting 1.000 with a home run in the top of the first inning, and scored 2 runs and 2 RBIs. Andy Roen and Tim Ryan each added a homerun of their own in the 8-3 victory for the Eagles.
Rochester College started with the leftie Ryan Balazy (Fowlerville, MI/Fowlerville) pitching game two. After two innings, the Warriors were down 1-0 thanks to another Dawson homerun, his 2nd of the day. The top of the third brought trouble for Rochester College, as the Warriors gave up 10 runs off of 7 hits. Hill came in as relief for Balazy in the fourth inning, surrendering 5 runs.
Rey Rodriguez kept the Warrior bats iced, only allowing 3 hits in 5 innings of work. He gave up no walks, and struck out 5 batters. Robert Morris- Chicago's pitching staff combined for 6 strikeouts with only 4 hits for the whole game. The Eagles won game two by a final of 16-0.
Saturday, April 7, brought a new day for Rochester College. Game 1 of the second double header against the Eagles featured Johnny Barreto (Colonia, NJ/Colonia) on the mound. Barreto made it 5.1 innings, giving up 5 earned runs off of 11 hits. He struck out 4 batters. Ron Carter (Royal Oak, MI/Royal Oak) pitched in the seventh inning, allowing no runs, no hits, and striking out 1 batter. Ray Yesh (Dearborn, MI/ Allen Park Cabrini) shined for the Warrior lineup, going 2 for 3 as the DH with a double and 2 RBIs.
Vince Ramirez picked up the win for Robert Morris- Chicago, pitching 6 innings, with 4 strikeouts. He gave up 3 runs off of 6 hits. James Dawson continued to give Rochester College pitchers a headache, batting .500 for the game with 2 RBIs. Tim Ryan added 2 more RBIS with a run. Kevin McDonald also had a 2 RBI game. The Eagles defeated the Warriors 8-3 once again, putting the Warriors at 17-17 on the season.
Caleb Tift (Auburn Hills, MI/Auburn Hills Avondale) started and finished the final game for Rochester College, giving up 5 earned runs off of 10 hits in 7 innings. He struck out 2 batters and walked 3. The Warriors started out slow at the plate once again, but caught fire in the third, bringing around 4 runs. Luke Strobl (St. Clair Shores, MI/Lakeview) was a force in the middle of the Warrior's lineup, going 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs and a double. Trailing 9-4 going into the bottom of the seventh, Yesh gave the Warriors hope with a two shot homer over the left field fence.
David Sindewald was tough to hit from the mound, striking out 6 Rochester College batters. He went 6 innings, giving up 3 earned runs. Dawson went 2 for 3 at the plate and got his third homerun of the weekend. Dawson finished the game with 4 RBIs. Zac Volland added 2 RBIs and 2 runs. Robert Morris- Chicago was able to hang on 9-6 for the sweep of Rochester College.
Rochester College fell to 17-18 after the weekend home stand. The Warriors will take on Lourdes College tomorrow, April 10, at home. Game one of the double header is scheduled for 1PM. Come out and support your Warriors and have a chance to win a gift certificate to Buffalo Wild Wings.