It's been a rough go of it for MSOE baseball as of late. Winners of just three games in the month of April, it's important to acknowledge that even though the team in young, they are making strides on a daily basis. And with eight games left in the regular season, the Raiders are down but definitely far from out of a playoff spot come early May.
4/20 v Concordia-Chicago (DH)
Loss 11-10, Loss 12-2 (7 inn)
4/22 v Edgewood
Loss 10-6, Win 4-2
HOW IT HAPPENED
MSOE (8-20, 5-9 NACC) knew it was going to be a tough battle this past Saturday, as they headed to the Chicago suburbs to take on one of the best teams in the country in Concordia-Chicago. That doesn't mean they didn't fight hard. While they were mercy ruled in game two of the doubleheader, the Raiders gave CUC a run for their money in the first contest of the afternoon. Down 8-3, the Red & White rallied for seven runs in the last two innings. Unfortunately, the Cougars were able to get two back in the bottom of the eighth before walking it off in the ninth via an unearned bases loaded walk.
The Raiders returned home this afternoon, playing their last game of the season at The Rock against Edgewood. The Eagles would score three runs in their first at-bats, putting MSOE behind the eight ball early. The Raiders would get two back in the fourth and four back in the seventh, but the Eagles managed two get four runs of their own late to secure the 10-6 victory. Once again Edgewood struck first in game two, scoring a pair from the very start. That would be the only runs they would get however, as Riley Wikel (Muskego, Wis. / Muskego) picked up his first win of the season with six innings of four hit ball. Mason Lebreck (Naperville, Ill. / Neuqua Valley) got his second save, as four different Raiders knocked in a run for the 4-2 win. The "w" in the last game against the Eagles snapped a five-game losing streak for MSOE.
While the Red & White haven't had the most successful go of it as of late, they are still in the running for a playoff spot. After all the contests had concluded this evening, they sit just two games back of Illinois Tech (who they split with back on March 30th) for the sixth and final spot in the NACC tournament.
WHO'S ON DECK
The Raiders will finally make up their game against Benedictine, one that has been postponed not once but twice. That will head your way on Thursday at Henry Aaron Field for a Noon first pitch.