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INA, Ill. – Rend Lake College baseball went 2-4 on its first road trip of the season to New Orleans and finished 3-1 on its second road trip – a split with Itawamba in Clarksdale, Miss., and sweep of Northwest Mississippi in Senatobia.
The Warriors are now 5-5. It will play at Mid-Continent University in Kentucky on Feb. 28 before hosting Kankakee in the RLC home opener, March 1.
In New Orleans, The Lake lost 2-0, 8-0 and 1-0 to a tough squad from Delgado Community College. RLC won 8-0 and 4-2, and lost 11-5, against Pensacola State Community College.
Rend Lake split with Itawamba on Friday, Feb. 22, with an 11-1 loss and 9-3 win.
In the loss, Itawamba out-hit the Warriors 13-3 and RLC committed one error to Itawamba’s three. RLC hitters were Bryant Shute (Pinckneyville), Trey Garrett (Benton) and Justin Busekrus (O’Fallon). Garrett was the Warriors’ only runner to cross home plate.
Starting pitcher Cory Farrow (Elizabethtown, Ky.) gave up six runs (four earned) and was the losing pitcher. Farrow was relieved by Evan Chapman (Pinckneyville) who got RLC out of the inning. Garrett came in and pitched three innings, giving up three runs. RLC used two pitchers over the final two innings. Both gave up one run each.
Jarrett Bednar (Decatur) was credited a win in the 9-3 victory over Itawamba. Shute went 2-5 with a double, Garrett went 1-4, and Busekrus went 2-4 with a double.
Against Northwest Mississippi CC on Saturday, RLC won 9-4 and 5-2.
In the first game, Brian Deaton (Mt. Vernon) went 2-3 with a home run in the second inning. He scored again after walking in the fourth. Shute went 1-4 with a double, was hit by a pitch, and scored twice. Ty Broady (Greenville, Ky.) went 1-2 and scored after hitting a double.
Nick Andros (Tunnell Hill) started the game for RLC on the mound and went 4 and two-thirds innings – striking out four, walking three and giving up four runs - before Jarrett Luckett
(Louisville, Ky.) provided three and one-third scoreless innings of relief and picked up his first win. Brad Bozic (West Frankfort) closed.
In the 5-2 nightcap, Garrett went 2-3 with a sacrifice fly to score Shute. Blake Deaton (Mt. Vernon) went 2-4, and Brady Wright (Jonesboro) went 1-2 with a run scored.