Mercy rule spares Tigers from even worse baseball defeat Tuesday
By: Jesse McCart
WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (April 13, 2010) — Rolla defeated Waynesville’s varsity baseball team on Tuesday by a 15 to 2 margin. The game was called off after five innings due to the mercy rule, which specifies that if a team is winning by 10 runs by the end of the fifth inning, the game is over.
The biggest plays for the Tigers were on defense where in the first inning, Patrick Holt converted a double play by catching a ball and throwing out another player and David Faulkner catching a line drive near third base. By the end of the first inning the score was three to zero. By the end of the second inning the score improved to three to one, but that’s as close as Waynesville could keep it.
Rolla scored 12 runs in the third and fourth innings. Matt Ochoa, a sophomore, got the honor to start tonight’s game. He gave up seven runs in four innings before leaving the game.
”I’m happy I got to start but I’m disappointed about how I pitched and that the team lost,” Ochoa said.
In notes of interest, Sam Dowling and Lexavier McClain were both hit by pitches back to back, but Dowling hit three players with pitches when he came into the game in the fourth in relief of Ochoa.
Waynesville’s next game is 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Jefferson City.