Trine Baseball Struggles at Franklin
Saturday, March 16, 2024

Posted originally on Mar 16, 2024:LINKA

FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Trine University baseball team fell in each of the first two games in their three-game set against Franklin College. On Saturday, the Thunder (7-5) fell to the Grizzlies (8-4) by a score of 12-7 in game one and 13-10 in game two of a doubleheader.


Starting pitcher Josh Hoogewerf (1-2) held Franklin off the scoreboard over the first two innings, but the third would provide problems for the senior as four runs came across. Trine added three runs themselves with a two-run single by Preston Henschen and a bases loaded walk by Cole Temple, but the Grizzlies would duplicate their luck in the bottom half of the inning to make it 8-3.

Crooked innings continued as the Thunder had four run scoring hits in the sixth. Temple, Daniel Rumberger and Joel Walton all had RBI doubles with Brody Bond adding a two-out single to bring Trine to within one at 8-7. However, another four-run inning for Franklin allowed them to scoot away to the 12-7 win.

Walton had three hits in game one, while Bond, Easton Rhodes and Henschen added a pair of hits each. Temple and Luke Burford reached base three times with two walks on their ledger.


Franklin used extra-base hits in each of the first two innings to go up 3-0, but Trine would plate three of their own in the top of the third. Rhodes would drive in two of those runs with a one-out single to left. Dalton Nikirk and Walton had RBI hits in the fourth to take a 5-3 lead, however a crooked number in the bottom of the fifth for Franklin put the home team ahead 10-5.

A homerun by Bond, the first of his career, helped keep the Thunder alive, but through seven, the score read 13-7. Rumberger and Rhodes added homeruns in the top of the eighth, but it was not enough to overcome the deficit as the team would fall 13-10.

Rhodes drove in a team-high four runs in the game on a 3-for-5 day. Walton, Rumberger and Cole Schmidthuber had multiple hits for the team as well. Evan Shoppell (0-1) held the loss, but starter Will Gimbel led the team with three strikeouts on the bump.


The third and final game of the series takes place on Sunday, March 17 beginning at 12 p.m.

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