By: Aliyah Ferrell
Aurora University played Carthage College at Stuart Sports Complex in Montgomery, IL Tuesday. After a tough weekend at Benedictine University, the Spartans did not play well against Carthage.
“Today may not be there result we wanted, but as a team we will use this as a learning experience to clean up some mistakes and push us in the right direction,” said sophomore shortstop Jeff Mayes.
Carthage opened up the game with a four spot in the top half of the first inning. As Spartans starting pitcher, freshman Kyle Blount allowed two walks and three hits in the first. The Spartans did respond back with one run in the home half of the first but that was not enough.
Carthage went on to score eight more unanswered points until the Spartans put up a two-spot in the fifth inning. Making the score 12-3 in favor of Carthage.
The Spartans went into the seventh inning down 10 runs looking as if the game would be over. The brightest point of the game for Aurora was in the bottom of the seventh when they managed to scrap up one run and force and eighth inning.
In the top of the eighth Carthage put any glimmer of hope for the Spartans to rest with five runs scored. The Spartans were unable to score in the bottom half, ending the game at 19-5.
“We all understand we simply have to play better if we want to achieve the goals we have in front of us,” said Mayes
For the Spartans Blount was the losing pitcher only throwing three innings giving up eight runs on seven hits and four walks. While the hitters went nine for 36, committing five errors in the field.
Spartans will host Marian University on Saturday, April 22 for a conference double header. Then will travel to Milwaukee Sunday to take on Milwaukee School of Engineering to finish the conference weekend.