Westminster's baseball season ends after being swept by Spalding

The Blue Jays’ season came to an end after being swept by the Golden Eagles in a St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader on Saturday.

Westminster lost 6-5 in the final game and 4-1 in the opener as it finished fifth in the league standings as it ends its season at 21-14 overall and 15-12 in SLIAC play.

Blue Jays junior first baseman Tim Chambliss broke a 1-all tie in the nightcap with a one-out, solo home run in the bottom of the third inning. Senior center fielder Andy Pichler singled in senior designated hitter Ben Schwarz with two outs in the fourth to up the Westminster advantage to 3-1.

Spalding (26-13, 19-7) tallied two in the top of the seventh and made it a 3-all contest on a one-out, sacrifice fly to left field by right fielder Ryan Mosby. Left fielder Kyle Whitlock slapped an RBI triple with two gone in the top of the eighth to drive in pinch-hitter Austin Drake to put the Golden Eagles on top 4-3.

The Blue Jays tied the game on a sacrifice fly by Schwarz in the bottom of the inning then went on top 5-4 on an RBI single by junior second baseman Cam Backes to drive in senior shortstop Danton Hughes.

The Golden Eagles responded with two runs of their own in the top of the ninth. Catcher JR Belt’s single tied it and a double from designated hitter Jesse Herrman moved Belt to third then home on a throwing error in the Westminster infield.

Sophomore Collin Brinker — a North Callaway graduate — took the lossr after allowing two runs — one earned — in 1 2/3 innings. Brinker (2-5) struck out two, walked one and gave up four hits.

Junior third baseman Tyler Branneky finished 4-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI to pace the Blue Jays. Chambliss was 3-for-4 and Pichler went 2-for-5 as the Blue Jays out-hit Spalding 13-11.

Westminster sophomore pitcher Deion Hughes suffered his first loss of the season in a complete-game effort to open the twinbill. Hughes (8-1) struck out four, walked one and gave up four earned runs on eight hits. The Golden Eagles went in front with two runs in the top of the third inning then tallied one each in the sixth and seventh, respectively.

Chambliss’ RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh plated sophomore left fielder Jacob Holtgraewe and produced the Blue Jays’ only run.

Chambliss and Holgraewe each went 2-for-3 as Westminster matched Spalding with eight hits.

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