by Drury Athletics
Miscues were Drury’s undoing in their first game of the Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament as they committed five errors and allowed nine walks in an 11-2 loss to 19th ranked Illinois Springfield at US Baseball Park in Ozark on Thursday.
Drury dropped to 29-22 and will play the loser of the Quincy-Lewis game at 12:30 pm on Friday. Illinois Springfield advances to the winner’s bracket with a 35-14-1 record and will take on the winner of the Quincy vs. Lewis at 7:30 pm on Friday.
A two-out error by Drury in the second inning opened the door for seven unearned runs to cross the plate. After one run came home on an error, Zach Abfall drove in two runs with a double, John Sechen followed with an RBI-single, then Chris Monroe slammed a three-run home run to cap scoring in the inning.
Nine of Illinois Springfield’s 11 runs were unearned as five Drury pitchers combined to go eight innings giving up eight hits, nine walks, and one hit-by-pitch.
“We gave up nine unearned runs, so this should have been a 2-1 ballgame,” said Drury head coach Scott Nasby. “We hit the ball as well as they did but we gave them a bunch through errors and walks, and they exploited it. You have to give them credit for being able to take advantage of that, but I’m disappointed that we didn’t show up to allow them to earn it instead of having us give it to them.”
Prairie Stars starter Justin Revels (8-2) got the win going eight innings allowing six hits and two runs with one walk and 10 strikeouts. Kaleb Schmidt (3-4) took the loss for the Panthers.
Drury got on the board in the fourth on a solo home run by Aaron Mann, and they added another run in the seventh on a double by Jackson Dierenfeldt that scored Ethan Owens.
The Panthers are seeded fifth in the GLVC tournament while Illinois Springfield is the number four seed. The tournament continues through Sunday at US Baseball Park in Ozark.