CIRCLEVILLE, OH - The Trailblazers' Baseball program took to the field for their first action of the Spring on Monday, taking on the Cougars from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in an afternoon doubleheader. In Game One, the Trailblazers excelled early on defense, as the game would remain in reach until a 2-RBI double by Mount Vernon in the fifth inning would give them a commanding 6-0 lead. Offensively, OCU struggled to put the ball in play, which then led to a lack of offensive production on the bases. Two positives from Game One were the performances of Logan Hill (FR/Howard, OH) and Branden Focarett (FR/Pickerington, OH). Hill would go 2-2 with a walk, while Focarett would toss a 1-2-3 inning in the 6th to provide some relief for OCU's bullpen.
In Game Two, the Trailblazers completely flipped the script. With Sophomore starter Michael Anderson (SO/Piqua, OH) on the mound, OCU was able to limit mistakes and make plays that had yet to show up for the season. Anderson would get out of a huge jam in the 3rd, giving him enough momentum to take off from there, limiting mistakes and keeping MVNU's talented offense off balance. Not only was the pitching improved in game two, but the Trailblazers were also able to discover their power, as Isaiah Haley (JR/Cincinnati, OH ) knocked one out of the park in the 2nd to make the score 2-0. Another good offensive inning in the 6th would extend the Trailblazers lead, pushing them toward the 5-1 victory.
"I knew we could play with the toughest teams on our schedule if we limited free passes and defensive mistakes," said Head Coach Michael Blevins. "In Game two we did exactly that. In the past when teams have put pressure on us, we tend to tighten up and force it a little too much. Today was much improved." Next up on the slate, the Trailblazers will travel to Bluefield, VA for a two day tournament against Bluefield College. Those game will take place February 24-25.
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