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Jimmies pitching struggles in DH loss to Bethany College

The Jimmies pitchers gave up three runs on wild pitches in the two games.

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The University of Jamestown's baseball team is ready to fill the dugout again as spring ball starts soon.
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In the first game of a Sunday doubleheader, between the University of Jamestown baseball team and the Bethany College Swedes, the Swedes (6-12) benefited from a wild pitch and an error to get a 3-1 win on Feb. 27.

The Jimmies (6-3) opened the scoring first when Andrew Kupec led off the inning with a walk, before stealing second and advancing to third on a wild pitch. Two batters later, Taylor Cullen hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Kupec and put the Jimmies up 1-0.

The Swedes would tie the game up in the bottom half of the inning, after Jaxon Cabrera walked, and the pinch runner Andrew Massey got to third on an errant pickoff attempt by the Jimmies’ Cameron Jenkins. Two pitches later, Jenkins sent a wild pitch near the on-deck circle bringing Massey home.

The Swedes would take the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, when Hunter Roe hit a double to the gap and moved to third on a wild pitch and was brought home on an error by Trey Evans to make it 2-1. Later in the inning the Swedes’ David Espinal doubled home Rancys Nunez to make it 3-1.

Bottom of third sinks Jimmies in weekend finale

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The Jimmies (6-4) were undone by the bottom of the third inning in the 9-8 loss to the Swedes on Feb. 27.

The Swedes (7-12) broke through in the bottom of the first inning when Noel Perez scored on a wild pitch from Cole Christensen to make it 1-0.

The Jimmies would respond in the top of the second inning when Luke Shekeryk hit a single through the left side and got to second on an error by the left fielder. The next batter was Cullen who hit a double that went all the way to the wall, tying the game up at 1. The Jimmies weren’t done in the inning as they loaded the bases for Connor Mormon who took one for the team and brought home Cullen. The Jimmies would score three more runs in the inning on two singles and a balk.

The Swedes would explode in the third inning where they scored seven runs on five hits, before Ben Ray was able to work out of it, retiring three of the four batters he faced in the inning in relief.

The Jimmies would respond in the top of the fourth when Quinn Peters reached on a bunt to load the bases for Kupec who brought home Blake Arritola and Hayden Brown to cut the deficit to 8-7.

The Swedes would add a run in the sixth and a Jimmies run in the seventh was not enough to complete the comeback.

The Jimmies are back in action at 12 p.m. on Sunday, March 6 when they face Southwest Minnesota State in Tucson, Arizona. The Swedes return to the diamond at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, when they take on York College.

UJ 1, BC 3

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UJ: 0 0 0 0 1 0 0–-1 4 3

BC: 0 0 0 0 1 2 X–-3 4 0

Scoring plays:

Fifth inning:

UJ: Taylor Cullen sacrifice fly, Andrew Kupec scores

BC: Andrew Massey scores on a wild pitch

Sixth inning:

BC: Rancys Nunez reaches first on an error by Trey Evans, Hunter Roe scores

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BC: David Espinal RBI double, R. Nunez scores

WP: Judd McCall (1-0) LP: Trey Evans (1-2)

UJ 7, BC 8

UJ: 0 5 0 2 0 0 1—8 10 1

BC: 1 0 7 0 0 1 X—9 9 1

Scoring plays:

First inning:

BC: Noel Perez scores on a wild pitch

Second inning:

UJ: Cullen RBI double, Shekeryk scores

UJ: Connor Mormon RBI HBP, Cullen scores

UJ: Kupec RBI single, Julian Sansores scores

UJ: Tanner Sheppard RBI single, Mormon scores

Third inning:

BC: Luis Rodriguez Gorritz 2 RBI single, Caleb Copeland, Joseph Rivera score

BC: Noel Perez scores on a wild pitch

BC: Luis Ramos RBI single, Christian Healer scores

BC: Rancys Nunez 3 RBI single, Ramos, Roe, Espinal score

Fourth inning:

UJ: Kupec 2 RBI single, Blake Arritola, Hayden Brown score

Sixth inning:

BC: Espinal RBI single, Perez scores

Seventhing inning:

UJ: Reece Mckenzie scores on a wild pitch

LP: Ethan Krupp (0-2)

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My name is Max O'Neill. I am a Sports Reporter at The Jamestown Sun. I am a native New Yorker, who graduated from Ithaca College in 2020 with a degree in Television-Radio.
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