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Baseball drops three in four-game series with Illinois State

The BG baseball team played four games in 48 hours during the weekend, going 1-3 including being swept in a Saturday double-header against the Illinois State Redbirds.

The team was back on the road following the cancellation of what would have been its first home game of the season this past Wednesday.

Enjoying the warmer temperatures, the Falcons’ bats heated up as well in the first game, jumping out to a 6-0 lead through four innings, en route to a 7-5 victory.

In the first game of Saturday’s double header, both teams’ starters went the distance in a shortened seven-inning game. RHP Mike Frank came up on the wrong end of a 3-1 Redbirds win, which saw the Falcons managing just one hit off of Illinois State starter Dan Savas a day after recording 13 hits. Frank, whose record moved to 0-3 on the season, gave up three earned runs off five hits in his six innings of work.

BG’s offensive woes carried into the second game, cooling off under near-freezing temperatures and sharp winds.

The Falcons mustered several rallies, putting two runners on with no outs in the fifth and seventh innings, but Illinois State’s Otto Roberts threw a trio of scoreless frames, dancing around five surrendered hits.

In the final game Sunday afternoon, the Falcons came up short on a late-inning comeback, falling to the Redbirds, 6-3. BG was held scoreless into the eighth inning until Jesse Rait scored on a fielder’s choice to end the shutout.

The Redbirds doubled their run total an inning later, putting up three runs on Falcons relievers Chris Miller and Nick Bruns. Despite plating two more runs in the top of the ninth, Matt Pitzulo struck out to end the game as the tying run. The Falcons compiled six more errors in the four games, as their record moved to 4-12, including 2-12 since winning the first two games of the season.

BG will play at home for the first time this season on Tuesday, with first pitch against Dayton scheduled for 3 p.m.

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