Baseball captures first win in Texas

By Jason Grodsky

The Illinois baseball has split its first two games of the Al Ogletree Classis in Edinburg, Texas, picking up its first victory of the season on Friday night before losing Saturday.

The Illini downed Sam Houston State 14-5 on Friday night to earn sophomore starting pitcher Scott Shaw his first win of the year. Shaw bounced back nicely after being pounded in his first start of the year, going five innings and giving up just two runs on four hits while striking out four batters.

Shaw’s performance on the mound was backed by senior catcher Lars Davis. Davis regained his form at the plate from last season by going 4-for-5 with a triple, two RBI’s and three runs scored.

Junior second baseman Ryan Hasting also drove in two runs and scored two runs for the Illini, going 2-for-4 with two singles.

On Saturday night, however, the Illini were unable to keep sustain the momentum, falling 5-3 to host Texas Pan-American.

The Illini were held in check by Texas Pan-American freshman starting pitcher Josh Wymer. The freshman pitched eight innings for the Broncs, giving up just two earned runs on nine hits.

Illini sophomore pitcher Mike Stankiewicz took the loss for the Illini after throwing six solid innings and giving up only four runs on six hits while striking out four.

Illinois will conclude its three game set in Texas against Stephen F. Austin University at 9 a.m. on Sunday.