By: AUSTIN PARKS
The Titans took on the Saint Xavier University Cougars in a thriller that came down to the last inning in a slug-fest. The Cougars scored in the bottom of the seventh on a walked ball, winning the game one 14-13.
The Titans had 13 hits with the Cougars matching them. The Titans had two errors compared to the Cougars’ five.
A pivotal point in the game swung things in the fifth. With their batters hitting everything that was thrown to them, it looked like the Titans were going to walk away with an easy win. However, things changed when the Cougars exploded with five runs in the fifth inning, changing momentum.
Things started out fast in the first inning. Mack scored the first run of the day on a hit from Moore. The Titans scored shortly after with a double from Deherrera, scoring Miller.
In the second, the Titans kept their momentum going, scoring three runs. Mack singled to centerfield scoring Connors. Welborn scored off a wild pitch and Miller singled to left field, scoring Mack.
The Titans scored another four runs in the third inning. Deherrera hit a single to right field scoring Moore. Deherrera later scored from a Cougars’ throwing error. Connors tripled to center field, scoring Young. Closing out the inning, Walls hit into a double play with an RBI scoring Connors.
The Titans put up another three runs in the fourth inning. However, after this, the Titans hitting slowed down. Scoring one run in the next three innings, compared to the 12 runs scored in the first four innings. This led to the Cougar’s win in game one.
Things weren’t as competitive in game two of the double header. The Titans could not stop the Cougars’ hits. In only six innings, the Cougars had an impressive 19 runs in 19 hits. The Titans had 11 hits, putting up six runs of their own, losing the game 19-6.
Right off the bat, things started out poorly for the Titans; going hitless and down 4-0 after the first inning.
From there on, the Titans were playing catch up the whole game. It was a tough pitching outing for the Titans, and on top of that, the batters were not as hot in game two as they were in game one.
Things kept rolling for the Cougars; they scored in every inning except the fifth. They put up five runs in two different innings opening the lead, making it insurmountable to come back from.
Connors and Deherrera were the key performers on the day for the Titans. Connors had a combined four runs, five hits and two RBI’s between both games. Deherrera had two runs, four hits and three RBI’s on the day.