Schenk Shines in Baseball Season Opener

Reese Lannon, Sports Reporter, FMSN

Pitchers duels were not something the BGSU Falcons baseball team experienced much of in 2022.

They were put in that spot on Friday in the season opener against Tennessee Tech.

Despite BG pitcher Gabe Schenk’s impressive effort on the mound, the Falcons couldn’t get the bats going.

The BGSU baseball team lost 1-0 to the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles on Friday.

The Golden Eagles came to play, as sophomore Peyton Calitri fired five innings of shutout baseball, picking up the win along the way.

He allowed just four hits, while striking out six.

Bowling Green was able to apply some pressure on Calitri but were unable to muster anything.

In the second inning, senior Justin Fugitt singled, stole second, and made it to third base on a wild pitch but was ultimately stranded there.

In the fourth, BGSU got runners on second and third with none out.

However, an untimely double play ended with an outfield assist on catcher Kyle Gurney, trying to make it home on a flyout.

Schenk allowed one run in the second inning, but was able to cruise cleanly after that with four strikeouts.

The orange and brown found a spark as senior Tyler Ross walked and then advanced to second on a wild pitch.

Unfortunately, the next three Falcons were set down in order and the score remained 1-0.

In the Golden Eagle half of the sixth inning,  freshman reliever Luke Krouse made his first collegiate appearance.

Krouse fared well, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out two batters in 2.1 innings.

In the eighth inning, the Falcon lineup was able to get him to third base with two outs, but a flyout halted the action.

With one out in the ninth inning, infielder Nathan Rose singled and was followed off with senior Leighton Banjoff being hit by a pitch.

Tennessee Tech put the clamps down from there, recording the final two outs for a low-scoring 1-0 shutout victory.

BGSU was able to muster just five hits in the afternoon, and left eight total runners on base. Fallon, Fugitt, Gurney, Rose, and Ross all were able to get in the hit column for Bowling Green.

The Falcons will look to even the three-game series on Saturday at 3:00 p.m against the Golden Eagles.

For more information about this team, visit the athletics webpage.