Baseball: Panthers take two from University of Chicago, win streak reaches six games

Baseball: Panthers take two from University of Chicago, win streak reaches six games

LaGrange ran its winning streak to six game with a doubleheader sweep of the University of Chicago on Friday at Cleaveland Field in Williamson Stadium.

The Panthers (19-10) held on for a 4-3 win in the first game, then used a six-run second inning and went on to a 12-4 in the second game to complete the sweep.

Casey Bell had his second home run of the season and drove in six runs in the doubleheader. Bell had five of the RBIs in the second game.

Ryan Broaderick (5-2) scattered eight hits and allowed a run to get the Game 1 run. He walked three and struck out two. Jonathan Fleckenstein threw a scoreless eighth inning. Adam DeWitt survived a two-run rally by Chicago (4-6) in the ninth to get his third save of the year.

The Panthers took advantage of three Maroon errors in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead. In the third, the Panthers loaded the bases with no outs. They only got one run when Bell scored as Chad Pigg reached on a fielder's choice. Joe Pradat reached on an error to leadoff the fourth and later scored on Tavin Thompson's RBI single.

Chicago cut the lead to 3-1 in the seventh on Michael Davis' run-scoring single. Bell got the run back for the Panthers in their half of the seventh, leading off with a home run over the left field fence to make it 4-1. The insurance run became a big one when the Maroons rallied in the ninth to make it 4-3 before DeWitt got the final out.

In the second game, Andrew Weekley (3-1) ran his scoreless streak to 22-1/3 innings with six shutout innings. He gave up just three hits, walked one, and struck out two. 

The Panthers gave Weekley all the suport he needed with a six-run second inning. The Panthers started the inning with six straight singles, the last by Thompson that plated two runs.  Bell, Pradat, and Keith Sims all had run-scoring base hits.

The Panthers added a run in the third on Bell's sacrifice fly and a home run by Blake Butcher in the fourth to go up 8-0. For Butcher, the home run was his team-leading sixth of the season.

Bell capped his day with a bases-loaded double in the fifth to drive in three more runs. Jackson Patrick's walk with the bases loaded in the sixth finished the Panthers scoring for a 12-0 lead.

The Panthers play at No. 7 Emory on Saturday.