LUBBOCK,Texas (October 26, 2013) – The Lubbock Christian University baseball annual "Ducks & Skunks" series will go to a decisive Game Three Sunday afternoon, as the Red Skunks avenged a Friday loss with 15 hits Saturday en route to an 8-2 win at Hays Field.
The Skunks had little to worry Saturday. Wade Stramp doubled in a run in the third inning for the opening lead and made it 4-0 in the fifth inning with a three-run fifth inning. They produced four hits in the fifth inning, with Hunter McFall plating a pair with a double to highlight the inning. Joel Lutz hit a triple in the top of the eighth inning and it led to a pair of runs to cut the Skunks lead to 4-2, but the Skunks responded with a four-run bottom half of the inning. Connor Roy's pinch hit single drove in a pair of the runs during the four-hit inning to preserve the Skunks win. Stramp finished the game with a trio of hits and McFall finished with three runs-batted-in for the Skunks. Lutz had a pair of hits in the loss for the Ducks. Brig Gerlich pitched for the Ducks and surrendered four runs in six innings and was handed the loss. The win went to Sam Fry, who pitched six scoreless innings and struck out seven batters.
The opening game of the series, played Friday, resulted in the Blue Ducks defeating the Red Skunks 13-6. Brett Kauten led the Ducks with a 4-for-5 performance with a double and a homer resulting in a trio of runs-batted-in. Wigberto Nevarez also had a three-RBI performance for the Ducks. The Skunks took the initial lead, as Jesus Pintado singled in Tanner Rainey for a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. The Ducks responded in the bottom of the inning with Kauten producing a double and Nevarez hitting a single to each drive in a run for a 2-1 lead. Rainey and Stramp helped regain the lead with back-to-back doubles in the third inning for a 4-2 Skunks lead, but things would go downhill for the Skunks from there. Kauten hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the third inning to tie the game at 4-4 and four hits by the Ducks in the fifth inning would spark a three-run inning and provide them a 7-4 lead. The Skunks plated a pair of runs in the seventh inning, but a two-run double by Nevarez capped a three-run eighth to seal the win for the Ducks. Pintado and McFall each had a two-RBI game in the loss for the Skunks. Jack Mabe suffered the loss for the Skunks, as he allowed seven runs off 10 hits. Tim Carlson was credited with the win for the Ducks, as he allowed two earned runs off nine hits in six innings.
Sunday's decisive third game begins at 2 p.m. at Hays Field. The games are part of the "Ducks & Skunks" series, which is LCU's annual competition of intrasquad fall competition.