Athletic Shorts, April 2

By Anthony Garcia

April 2, 2014

Men’s baseball gets above .500 on the season

The Dominican men’s baseball team managed to climb above .500 with a doubleheader sweep of Millikin University on March 22, putting their record firmly at 6-5.

On the first game on the day, the Stars dominated the game with a stellar pitching performance by senior pitcher Mitch McCaffery. McCaffery notched his first win with a complete game on the day along with eight strikeouts and only giving up two unearned runs.

On the offensive side of the plate, sophomore catcher Cody Schuster picked up his first home run on the season early in the game, giving the Stars a 3-0 lead and never looking back. Schuster finished the game with four RBIs.

In the second game of the matchup, senior Ryan Kukla’s pitching, along with his bat, set the Stars up for another victory against the Big Blue.

Kukla got the Stars off to a fast start, sending a pitch out of the park for his first collegiate home run, giving the Stars a quick 2-0 lead.

Kukla picked up the win by going seven strong innings against Millikin, only allowing two earned runs, with no walks and three strikeouts.

Overall for the day, the Stars compiled 19 hits against the Big Blue while also logging two home runs.

The men were set to kick off NACC play on Saturday, March 29 but the doubleheader against Rockford University was postponed due to inclement weather.

Stars softball stumbles at home, drop doubleheader to St. Mary’s College

The Stars’ season record fell to 8-6 after dropping back-to-back games against the Belles of St. Mary’s College last Sunday, March 23.

In game one, the Stars’ sophomore Haley Locher was not her usual dominant self, allowing three runs off five hits in three innings of work, leaving the Stars trailing in the game 4-2.

The women racked up 10 hits on the game but left nine runners on base, failing to capitalize on the offensive opportunities.

In game two, St. Mary’s nabbed the early lead after Belles pitcher Callie Selner ripped a double into the left-center gap, scoring one runner. The Stars eventually pulled ahead in the fourth inning after sophomore Armani Procter got an RBI single to score sophomore Sara Hausl.

Unfortunately, St. Mary’s put the game away in the fifth inning after scoring three runs off of two Dominican errors.

Freshman pitcher Dominique Schneider was charged with allowing five runs, eight hits and two walks, although only two of those five runs were earned.

The women’s doubleheader against Marian University was postponed on Saturday for a later date.