Jimmies push win streak to 7
The Jimmies finished a perfect 6-for-6 on the first half of their trip to the desert.
“What I really like is that we’ve gotten contributions from a lot of guys, both at the plate and on the mound,” said coach Tom Hager. “We played four games in 24 hours and six games in three days and our guys continued to play with a lot of energy and passion and probably most importantly we were pretty consistent with the bats, on the mound and defensively.”
The Jimmies will take in the Angels/Rangers spring training game today in Surprise, Ariz. On Thursday, they return to action with a doubleheader against Mount Marty (S.D.).
Jamestown 10-10, Olivet Nazarene 7-3
The sweep of the Tigers on Monday was noteworthy in that Olivet has won three straight Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference titles and has had players drafted in consecutive years.
The Jimmies banged out 13 hits in the opener, with clean-up man Mitch Stevens going 3-for-4 with a solo home run and four runs scored.
Tied 7-all, the Jimmies scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to retake the lead. Nick Smart pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to get the win.
“That was a heckuva ballgame. I was really proud of the guys for finding a way to win,” Hager said. “It seemed like whenever they’d score, we’d come right back and find a way to put runs on the board.”
Paul Sitkowski went 3-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and a run scored. Spencer Flaten added two hits, two RBI and a pair of stolen bases. Marcus Blackmon Jr. also had two hits and Landon Uetz was 1-for-3 with three RBI.
Jason Shaw had his best start for the Jimmies in Game 2 as they posted a 10-3 win.
Shaw fired six strong frames, allowing just one earned run on eight hits with nine strikeouts.
“Shaw threw the ball really well. He gave us six really good innings,” Hager said.
Flaten and Uetz each had two more hits and an RBI. Flaten also swiped two bases. Stevens was 1-for-3 and scored twice.
“Olivet Nazarene has a really nice team. They’re a successful program traditionally, so those were two really good wins for us,” Hager said.
Jamestown 7-5, Dordt 5-4
Dordt entered Tuesday’s twinbill unbeaten at 6-0, but that changed in a hurry.
A three-run top of the seventh lifted the Jimmies to a 7-4 win in the opener. They completed the sweep 5-4 in the nightcap.
The Jimmies got strong work in relief from winning pitcher Grant Mattes and Smart, who registered the save. Christian Hackworth labored through the first five on the mound, but kept the Jimmies in it.
“That was a true staffer win. Those guys battled,” Hager said.
Rudy Strand and Erik Peterson each went 2-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and a run scored. Flaten stole two more bases.
“We put a lot of pressure on Dordt with our speed, took some extra bases and were really aggressive,” Hager said.
The solid pitching continued in the second game on Tuesday as J.T. Zigray and Brendan Ethier combined to allow just four hits. Zigray went the first four and Ethier finished the 5-4 win.
Nathan Christiuk had two hits, including a double. Strnad also had a two-hit game and stole a base.
“It was nice to get another win under our belt before a much needed day off,” Hager said. “Hopefully we can sustain the level of play on Thursday and finish the trip off on a strong note.”
The Jimmies (7-2) play twice Thursday and Friday then wrap up the trip Saturday against NCAA Division II St. Cloud State.
At Tucson, Ariz.
University of Jamestown 10, Olivet Nazarene 7
ONU 000 205 0 — 7 9 1
Jamestown 020 233 x — 10 13 1
Wanner, Shelton (4), Douglas (6) and Tschetter. Kyle McKay, Ryan Vernon (6), Nick Smart (6) and Marcus Blackmon Jr. W—Smart (2-0). L—Douglas. 2B—UJ, Landon Uetz. 3B—UJ, Paul Sitkowski, Nolan Skowronek. HR—UJ, Mitch Stevens (1). SB—UJ, Spencer Flaten.
Jamestown 10, Olivet Nazarene 3
Jamestown 020 400 4 — 10 8 2
ONU 000 010 2 — 3 10 2
Jason Shaw, Ryan Sheeley (7) and Blackmon. Cericola, Henderson (7) and Houts. W—Shaw (1-0). L—Cericola. 2B—UJ, Uetz. SB—UJ, Flaten 2, Nathan Christiuk, Uetz, Erik Peterson, Nolan.
Jamestown 7, Dordt 5
Jamestown 010 120 3 — 7 9 1
Dordt 200 011 0 — 4 10 3
Christian Hackworth, Grant Mattes (5), Smart (6) and Blackmon. Kekerix, Samuelson (7) and Kollbaum. W—Mattes. L—Kekerix. Save—Smart. 3B—Rudy Strnad, Peterson. SB—Flaten 2.
Jamestown 5, Dordt 4
Dordt 000 200 2 — 4 3 0
Jamestown 111 002 x — 5 7 2
Carls, Johnson (5) and Kollbaum. J.T. Zigray, Brendan Ethier (5) and Nathan Christiuk. W—Zigray. L—Carls. Save—Ethier. 2B—Christiuk. SB—Peterson, Flaten.
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