Wade Steinlage, Sports Information Director
CEDAR RAPIDS —The Statesmen baseball team (11-22, 4-14 Heart) hit the road to play a doubleheader and open a four game series against the Mount Mercy Mustangs (19-19-1, 10-9-1 Heart) in Heart of America Conference action on Thursday.
William Penn would fall short of their goal as they would drop the first two games of the series by the scores of 10-3 and 5-1.
MMU 10, WPU 3
The Statesmen offense would get going early as they would scratch in the first inning when Seth Reisbeck (Jr., Meridian, Idaho, History/Government) singled to center field, scoring Isaiah Almanza (Jr., Deming, N.M., Exercise Science). Almanza led off the game with a single to center field.
WPU would add 2 more runs in the third inning.
D.J. Milam (Sr., Lancaster, Calif., Business Management) started for William Penn but unfortunately did not have his best stuff. The senior was only able to get through 1 inning while surrendering 5 earned runs. Wilson Lorenzo (So., Fort Myers, Fla., Computer Science) would highlight the pitching performances by throwing an inning while only surrendering a hit.
Three Statesmen would finish with multi-hit performances including a 3-hit game by Reisbeck.
MMU 5, WPU 1
Augie Voight (Jr., Waukegan, Ill., Secondary Education) would take the mound for William Penn in game two and went a respectable 6 innings while surrendering 4 earned runs and striking out 6.
The Statesmen bats were stifled as they were only able to push across one run. William Penn would outhit the Mustangs 8-3 but were edged in the error column 2-0.
The game was tied 1-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth, but the Mustang bats were able to take advantage of a couple of walks and an error to explode for big 5 run inning.
Matt Rhodes (Fr., Des Moines, Iowa, Business Management) highlighted the Statesmen bats in game two going 2-3 with a run scored.
Next Up: William Penn will conclude the series with Mount Mercy in Cedar Rapids on Friday starting at 11 a.m.