After mother nature cancelled baseball games on Friday and Saturday, the Aces returned to Frank Mann Field hoping to extend their winning streak to three games. Unfortunately they could not muster up enough hits and runs to defeat the Baltimore Red Birds tonight by a final score of 7-2.
Starting pitcher Nicholas Sadd (Bucknell) struggled to get through the two innings he pitched, allowing five of the seven runs that the Aces allowed tonight.
The Red Birds were able to get on the board early and often. Leadoff hitter Anthony Servideo (Ole Miss) ledoff with a single, stole second base, moved to third on a putout to first base, and stole home on a pass ball. Then, a bases loaded walk to Servideo scored the second run, followed by sac-fly by his college teammate Carl Gindl, and a two-run RBI single by Justin Vought (Maryland) all occurred in the second inning. By the time the Aces went through their entire batting order, they were down 5-0.
The Aces would score a pair of runs in the fifth and sixth innings, a Justin Kelly (Wayne State) sac fly followed by an RBI on a fielder’s choice by Eric Lansinger in the sixth, but the pitching by the Red Birds was spectacular. The Red Birds pitching staff gave up zero earned runs, as starting pitcher William Flemming (Wake Forest) and Collin Donnelly (Quinnipiac) had a combined nine strikeouts and only three walks.
“We didn’t find the strike zone tonight and you can’t give a good team that many free-bees,” said Aces Head Coach Chris Berset. “They (Red Birds) took advantage of it from the get go.”
The Aces pitching staff gave up a total of 10 walks, which is something that Berset has mentioned as a result to some of the losses the Aces have suffered this season.
“We have to fill the (strike) zone up,” said Berset as to how the Aces can get back on track tomorrow against the Gaithersburg Giants. “Those walks hurt in so many aspects of the game, whether it’s base runners or putting (our defense) on our heels. We need to increase the tempo tomorrow (as well) and go right at them (Gaithersburg)”.
The Aces look to gain some ground in the Cal Ripken Collegiate League South Division against the FCA Herndon Braves and the Bethesda Big Train as they head into tomorrow’s game against the Gaithersburg Giants.