The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps baseball team put up a tough fight against the University of Redlands (23-9, 16-8 SCIAC) in their series April 10 and 11. While the first game on Friday resulted in a 16-0 loss, in the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday the Stags (5-27, 3-18 SCIAC) were able to make a stand and battled to a 6-4 defeat before losing the second Saturday game 14-1.
“Considering that Friday was probably our worst game yet, I would say we did a really good job coming back and not rolling over in the second game,” first baseman Nolan Anderson CM ’18 said.
In their first game on Saturday, the Stags took an early lead when left fielder Christian Hoxsie CM ’15 singled up the middle, allowing right fielder Trey Smith CM ’18 to score. Following this strong start, the Stags were able to keep up their lead until the top of the fourth inning.
“Saturday was our best game. They had an early lead, and then we ended up making a comeback in the last inning and had a chance to tie up the game, but just couldn’t quite pull through,” third baseman Robby Weissenfels CM ’18 commented.
Despite the loss, the Stags out-hit their opponents 12-10.
“We did well as a team hitting. We get 12 hits a game, and we can tell we have the talent, but we just have a hard time focusing throughout the game, so it’s hard,” Weissenfels said.
Looking toward the future, the players are excited about the possibilities that await.
“We’ve got a super young and talented team, and we’ve got a big class coming in,” Weissenfels said. “We start five or six freshmen a game, and we’re looking forward to progressing and improving in the future.”
Anderson also highlighted strong team bonds as a strength.
“There is definitely great team chemistry and everyone respects each other and is friends with each other,” he said.
The Stags are also keeping an eye on what they can do to improve.
“We’re a pretty good hitting team; we just struggle out in the field sometimes a little,” Weissenfels explained. “We’ll compete for six innings and then lose it in the last three, or we’ll come out slow and have a hard time coming back.”
This weekend the Stags will go up against Whittier College (8-24, 6-15 SCIAC), kicking off the series at home against the Poets April 17 at 3:00 p.m.