PORTSMOUTH, OHIO – The Indiana University South Bend baseball team has now lost four straight games as they fell 4-2 and 7-2 against Shawnee State University on Friday afternoon.

A big inning in each game turned out to be the difference as the Bears posted three runs in the sixth inning of game one and scored six runs in the third inning of game two, putting the game out of reach.

How it Happened

Spencer McCool (SR/Anderson, Indiana) started a two-out rally in the top of the first inning in the series opener. McCool’s single up the middle was the first of three consecutive hits for the Titans. McCool scored on a Jordan Moore (JR/Flat Rock, Michigan) single to give the Titans a 1-0 lead.

A leadoff single for the Bears in the second inning eventually came around to score, tying the game at one run apiece.

In the top half of the fourth inning, McCool started the inning with a single and moved himself into scoring position with a stolen base. The next three Titan batters were retired in order, leaving McCool stranded at third.

In the home half of the sixth, the Bears offense came alive as they plated three runs on five hits, knocking IU South Bend starter Troy Cullen (JR/Griffith, Indiana) out of the game. Cooper Hake (JR/Lincoln, Illinois) came on in relief after starting the game at second base and was able to get the Titans out of the inning.

Moore picked up his second hit of the game and later came around to score on a two-out single from Hake to make it a 4-2 game. The IU South Bend threat would end with the go-ahead run on the bases.

Just as they did in the opener, the Titans would strike first in game two. Moore opened the inning with a single and scored when Tyler Reece (SR/South Bend, Indiana) singled to left field, giving the Titans an early 1-0 lead.

Shawnee State put the game out of reach in the third inning as they scored six runs on six hits, ending starter Andy Ross (JR/Middlebury, Indiana)’ day.

The Bears added a run in the fifth to make it a 7-1 contest.

Tyler Welborn (FR/Lebanon, Indiana) came on to pinch hit in the top of the seventh and doubled down the third baseline. Welborn came around to score on a Shawnee State error to make it 7-2.

Game Notes

  • Moore finished the day with four hits and two runs scored
  • Welborn recorded his first career hit and first career run scored
  • The Titans have scored first in five of their eight games this season
  • Hake recorded his first two hits of the season

Up Next

The Titans and the Bears will close out the series tomorrow with a doubleheader starting at 12:00 p.m.