One bad inning cost the Ripon College baseball team last week Thursday at home against Marian.
It allowed four runs in the third inning on five hits and never recovered, falling to the Sabres 6-1.
The Red Hawks picked up two quick outs in the frame, before allowing four-straight hits — two of which drove in the four runs.
“I know Drew [Slade] missed a couple spots,” Ripon head coach Eric Cruise said of what went wrong in the third inning. “We were trying to work inside and he missed out and they’re a team that wants the ball out over the plate.”
“So you get a couple singles and the bunt didn’t help ... And then you look at what scored the runs, it was bases loaded, full count, two outs. The guy was sitting dead red and Drew threw it dead red and the guy made him pay.”
The Red Hawks had their chances to chip away at the deficit after the bad inning as they had nine hits for the game, but couldn’t come up with the clutch hits.
They also weren’t able to advance runners a couple times with bunts — one of which likely would have resulted in at least a run.
Read the full story in the April 20, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.