Three-Run Eighth Inning Propels Baseball to Series-Opening Win over Albion
Franklin, Ind. - The Franklin College baseball team scored three runs in the eighth inning in earning a 9-7 come-from-behind victory against Albion College to open the three-game weekend series on Friday from John P. McDowell Field.
Franklin (6-2) trailed 7-6 after Albion plated two runs in the top of the eighth inning. Junior Matt Hooten (Washington, Ind./Washington) started the rally with a one-out walk. Junior pitch-hitter Tyler Ison (Whiteland, Ind./Whiteland Community) followed with a single. A walk to sophomore Drew Kammerer (Fortville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) loaded the bases.
Then, freshman Cody Shipley (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo) drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game at 7-7. Following a strikeout, junior Jameson Brock (Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville) was hit by a pitch to plate Ison and give the Grizzlies an 8-7 lead. Junior Mitch Frey (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo) also walked to score an insurance run.
Franklin scored its three runs in the eighth on just one base hit.
Sophomore Justin Brown (Jimtown, Ind./Jimtown) retired Albion in order in the top of the ninth inning to secure the victory. The right hander allowed three hits in 3.2 innings in earning his first win of the season.
Senior Scott Windler (Lafayette, Ind./Lafayette Central Catholic) hit a three-run home run in the first inning to quickly give Franklin a 3-0 advantage. A double by Kammerer plated another run in the frame.
Later, Albion (0-1) scored four runs in the top of the fourth inning to tie the game a 5-5. However, Franklin regained the lead on a sacrifice fly from Brock in the bottom half of the inning to score freshman Damon DeJesus (Fort Wayne, Ind./Blackhawk Christian). The run gave the hosts a 6-5 lead.
Individually, sophomore Joe Ardizzone (Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli) had two of the team's seven hits in the game. Brock drove in two runs, while Windler plated three runs. Frey scored two runs in the contest.
Albion's Michael Fischbach went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and Lee Madziar drove in four runs.
The two teams resume the weekend series on Saturday, March 8 at 11 a.m. in the opener of a doubleheader from John P. McDowell Field. Live statistics of both games will be available here. In-game updates will also be available on Twitter (@FCAthletics) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FranklinCollegeAthletics).