A day after controlling play on the diamond, the Jimmies had a rougher go of things Sunday in Canton, Missouri.
The Culver-Stockton College Wildcats bounced back to beat University of Jamestown baseball 9-4 and 10-9 after the Jimmies opened the series Saturday with victories of 10-3 and 5-2 at the home of the now 4-8 Wildcats.
The Jimmies' spring continues Tuesday in Hannibal, Missouri. UJ (8-7) will make the 40-minute trek south down U.S. Highway 61 for a mid-week doubleheader against the Hannibal-LaGrange University Trojans (4-0).
"One game, or one day, doesn't define you," University of Jamestown baseball coach Tom Hager said. "But at the same time, you have to learn from a day like today. So, hopefully, we're able to make some adjustments and get back to playing Jimmie baseball on Tuesday."
Jimmies get the jump
A strong six innings pitched by Jamestown starter Dru Fitz was backed by a five-run UJ first in the Jimmies' 10-3 series-opening victory Saturday.
First baseman Lincoln Trujillo belted a bases-loaded, two-run double with nobody out to get the party started for the orange and black. Culver-Stockton starter Jordan Isham walked the first three UJ batters he faced leading off the game.
A two-run single to center by UJ left fielder Matt Meraz followed, and third baseman Michael Asahara would later single home Meraz from third with a knock to left to give UJ an early 5-0 lead.
Jamestown tacked on another run in the second after lead-off batter Brian Rice doubled to center, and two-run homers cracked by designated hitter Luke Shekeryk and Dyan Dudley, who pinch hit in the fifth, rounded out the Jimmies' scoring.
Shekeryk was just getting warmed up.
The junior power bat cranked two solo shots over the right-field wall leading off the fourth and sixth innings of UJ's 5-3 game 2 victory. Shekeryk's first homer tied the game at 1-1, with the second giving the Jimmies a 2-1 lead before scoring three more runs in the sixth to take command.
Shekeryk -- batting 3-for-7 on the day -- is up to a .409 average with five homers and 10 RBIs this season.
"Luke Shekeryk had a heckuva day," Hager said. "He hit some monster home runs. He can be such a difference-maker for us, so really proud of the day he had."
Fitz earned the game 1 win to improve to 2-0 on the season, finishing with six strikeouts and allowing two earned runs on seven hits.
Kensaku Akiya (1-2) earned his first victory of the season for the Jimmies in game 2, pitching 5 1/3 innings of three-hit baseball with five strikeouts. UJ's Aaron Pugh picked up his third save of the season, earning a strikeout, a ground-out to third, and a line-out to center in the bottom of the seventh.
Tanner Shepard stroked a pinch-hit RBI single in UJ's four-run sixth and third baseman Michael Asahara drove in a run with a sac fly.
"We had an excellent day of baseball on Saturday," Hager said. "Really proud of how we attacked the zone on the mound and got some runs early and often, and we got contributions from several different guys in the order. Those were team wins."
A three-run fifth by the Wildcats kicked off five unanswered Culver-Stockton runs in a 9-4 win over the Jimmies to resume action on Sunday.
UJ's Payson Mills tossed the first 3 1/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits, but wasn't on the hook for the loss with the game tied at 4-4 in the fifth.
Cameron Jenkins was the pitcher on record for the Jimmies, as he was unable to get out of the Wildcat's game-changing fifth frame.
Trujillo batted 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two runs batted in.
The Jimmies committed a pair of errors in game 1 and had four more miscues in the field in the 10-9 series finale loss, including three in a five-run Wildcats' second that had the Jimmies trailing 7-1.
UJ was able to answer, plating six runs in the fifth to tie the game at 7-7, and later pushed across two more runs in the sixth to take a 9-7 lead. But the Wildcats tied the game scoring two in the sixth and walked-off the Jimmies in the bottom of the seventh with a two-out, pinch-hit RBI single off the bat of Dax Flowerree.
All of UJ's six runs in the fifth were produced after loading the bases with two outs. Walks issued to Dudley and Asahara pushed the first two across, followed by two-run singles placed by Shepard and Tayler Cullen.
UJ went down in order in the seventh after Culver-Stockton tied the game at 9-9 in the sixth.
"Very disappointing day today. We did not play good baseball and it's difficult to win against a good team if you don't play good baseball," Hager said. "I am proud of how we battled back, but as a whole, over the course of the day, we didn't play well. So give credit to my guys for battling back and making it a baseball game, but we need to be better as an entire team when we step back on the field again on Tuesday."
University of Jamestown 10, Culver-Stockton 3
UJ 510 220 0 -- 10 10 0
CS 100 100 1 -- 3 10 2
Dru Fitz, Ben Ray (7), Logan O'Neil (7) and Connor Mormon, Braxton Hewitt (7). Jordan Isham, Nate Allen (4), Ryan Dempsey (6) and Casey Downs. W--Fitz (2-0). L--Isham (0-3).
Highlights: UJ, Fitz 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO; Lincoln Trujillo 2-3, 2 RBI, BB; Luke Shekeryk 1-3, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB; Brian Rice 1-4, 2 R, BB, SB; Matt Meraz 2-3, 2 RBI, R, BB; Dylan Dudley 1-1, HR 2 RBI, R.
Records: Jamestown 7-5. Culver-Stockton 2-7.
University of Jamestown 5, Culver-Stockton 2
UJ 000 104 0 -- 5 8 1
CS 100 001 0 -- 2 5 1
Kensaku Akiya, Andy Reed (6), Aaron Pugh (7) and Dirk Eymundson. Daniel Hargrave, Keiichi Kataoka (6), Stefan Stockwell (7) and Casey Downs. W--Akiya (1-2). L--Hargrave (0-3). S--Pugh (3).
Highlights: UJ, Akiya 5 1/3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO; Pugh 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 SO, 1 BB; Luke Shekeryk 2-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI; Tayler Cullen 1-2, R; Tanner Shepard 1-1, RBI; Brice Foster 2-3, R; Michael Asahara 0-1, RR, RBI.
Records: Jamestown 8-5. Culver-Stockton 2-8.
Culver-Stockton 9, University of Jamestown 4
UJ 102 010 0 -- 4 9 2
CS 202 032 x -- 9 10 0
Payson Mills, Cameron Jenkins (4), Austin Pesicka (5), Noah Soltero (6) and Dirk Eymundson. AJ Seward, Egan Biggs (4), Alfredo Cruz-Guzman (5), Stefan Stockwell (6) and Casey Downs. W--Cruz-Guzman (1-0). L--Jenkins (1-2). S--Stockwell (2).
Highlights: UJ, Mills 3 1/3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 SO, 1 BB. Jenkins 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO; Pesicka 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO; Brian Rice 1-2, 3B, R; Gran Okawa 1-3, R; Luke Shekeryk 0-2, R, RBI; Lincoln Trujillo 3-4, RBI 2 2B; Michael Asahara 2-3, RBI, 2B.
Records: Culver-Stockton 3-8. Jamestown 8-6.
Culver-Stockton 10, University of Jamestown 9
UJ 100 062 0 -- 9 5 4
CS 250 002 1 -- 10 13 1
Brice Foster, Andy Reed (3), Cameron Multer (5), Pugh (6) and Dirk Eymundson. Eli Park, Aaron Chappelear (5), Keiichi Katoakoa (5), Hunter Zimerly (5), Cody Dennis (6) and Collin Hall. W--Dennis (1-0). L--Pugh (0-2).
Highlights: UJ, Foster 2 2/3 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO; Andy Reed 1 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO; Multer 1 2/3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 3 SO; Pugh 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO; Brian Rice 0-2, 2 BB, 3 R; Grant Okawa 2-4, 2 R; Tanner Shepard 1-1, 2 RBI; Tayler Cullen 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI.
Records: Culver-Stockton 4-8. Jamestown 8-7.