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Truman baseball drops two on the road to Lewis

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ROMEOVILLE, Ill. - The Bulldog Baseball team suffered a pair of one-run losses at the hands of Lewis University to start their four-game series on Sunday. The two teams will play on Monday starting at noon.

The Flyers overcame a 4-0 deficit to down the Bulldogs 7-6 in the opener then got a two-run homer in the fifth to beat Truman 2-1 in the nightcap.

Game 1 Recap:

Truman started off strong with Mason King leading off the game with a single and swiping second base. Dave Gambino walked and with two outs, Jason Priest singled to right field to score King. Chris Iliopoulos singled through the left side to score Gambino to put Truman up 2-0.

The Bulldogs added a run in the third on a Charlie Kreh RBI single to center to score Brendan Trimble. King doubled in the fourth to score Nick Agliolo to make it 4-0 Bulldogs.

Austin Tittle belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth and Brandon Collins got a two-out RBI single to cut the lead to 4-3.

The two teams exchanged runs in the fifth with both scoring on sac flies. Priest drove in Kreh after he had doubled and advanced on a wild pitch in Truman's half while Tittle brought in Kenny King on a flyball to right.

The sixth inning was quiet and Truman stranded a pair of runners in the seventh after both had reached on fielding errors by the Flyers.

A couple of costly errors allowed Lewis to overtake the Bulldogs in the late innings. A dropped ball on a grounder in the seventh enabled Ethan Bloom to hit a two-run homer to put Lewis up 6-5 then in the eighth, a throwing error brought in Connor Rutherford from second.

That insurance run was needed as Kreh continued his torrid hitting with his first home run of the season to cut the lead down to one. Nick Davito got Jason Priest looking to end the game for his first save.

Bryan Clark got tagged with the loss after 6.2 innings of work for Truman and reliever Brady Kostecki picked up the win for Lewis after going three innings.

Game 2 Recap:

Chris Iliopoulos' solo home run in the fourth was the only Truman run that starter Sam Couch allowed as he went the distance in the 2-1 victory in game two.

The Flyers got their runs via the long ball as well with Neal Tyrell hitting a two-run, two-out shot in the fifth to account for Lewis' runs.

Couch scattered five hits in the complete-game victory.

After the homer by Iliopoulos, his fourth of the season, the Bulldogs had chances for more runs in the fifth. Nick Agliolo drew a leadoff walk but was eventually caught stealing third on a double steal attempt.

Alex Kiszkowski doubled to start the Lewis fifth and after two outs with a pitching change sandwiched in between, Tyrell stroked a two-run shot over the left field fence off of Austin Tinsley to give the Flyers the lead.

Truman threatened in the top of the seventh with Agliolo reaching on a one-out single and advancing to second on a wild throw by the left fielder. However, Couch was able to strikeout Wyatt Fones and get Josh Abegg to flyout to end the game.

Starter Rian Markes and Tinsley held Lewis to only four hits.

Courtesy: Truman State University

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