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April 12, 2018

Pioneers Pound Out 19 Hits, But Drop Doubleheader at Home

By Chris Kuchta – Coordinator of Sports Information

Dylan-Gould-Collision-vs.-Moraine-ValleyCHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- Despite a 19-hit attack and its trademark all-out effort, the Prairie State College baseball team was unable to prevent a doubleheader sweep Wednesday afternoon at the Pioneer Sports and Recreation Park.

The Pioneers (1-12, 0-6) dropped both ends of an Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference twin bill to Morton by final counts of 14-8 and 7-5.

Four Pioneers recorded multiple-hit contests in Game 1 for PSC as sophomore right fielder David Sorrell (Boone Grove H.S., Ind.) went 2-for-3 with a run while freshman designated hitter Carlos Barajas (T.F. South H.S.) delivered an identical 2-for-3 afternoon with a run as well.

David Sorrell Rounds Third vs. Moraine ValleySophomore first baseman Jalen Austin (Lakeview H.S., Mich.) went 2-for-3 with a triple, RBI and run while freshman shortstop Adrian Esquivel (Crete-Monee H.S.) recorded a 2-for-3 day with an RBI and a run.

Sophomore center fielder Chase Colding (Southfield-Lathrop H.S., Mich.) also had himself a day, driving in three runs, thanks to a 1-for-4 afternoon.

Austin led the charge for the Pioneers in the nightcap, swinging his way to a 2-for-2, four-RBI contest.

The crown jewel of Austin’s day came courtesy of a third-inning, game-tying, two-run rocket over the left fence off a 2-1 offering.

Austin’s bomb knotted the score at five.

PSC did own a 2-0 lead in the early going, thanks in part to a first inning Austin single to right.

The Pioneers will see action next on Friday when they host Skyway counterpart Elgin (first pitch 3 p.m.).

 

April 10, 2018

Gould, Arndt Help Tow PSC Past Morton

By Chris Kuchta – Coordinator of Sports Information

Adrian Esquivel pitch vs. MortonCHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- Sophomore catcher Patrick Arndt (Chesterton H.S., Ind.) and freshman shortstop Dylan Gould (Illinois Lutheran H.S.) teamed up to help the Prairie State College baseball team take down Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference foe Morton, 9-7 in a nine-inning affair at the Pioneers Sports and Recreation Park Tuesday.

Arndt, who will continue his playing career at Chicago State University next spring, went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs while Gould contributed a 2-for-4 afternoon with three RBI, including a double and triple.

Sophomore center fielder Chase Colding (Southfield Lathrop H.S., Mich.) also turned in a strong afternoon, going 2-for-5 with an RBI.

PSC head coach mark Hernandez handed the ball to freshman pitcher Adrian Esquivel (Crete-Monee H.S.) and he delivered a solid outing, working 4.2 innings, while surrendering seven runs on six hits while walking four and striking out two.

Matt Alisauskis swing vs. MortonSophomore right-hander David Sorrell (Boone Grove H.S., Ind.) worked three innings and picked up the win, allowing no runs on one hit while walking none and punching out two.

The Pioneer offense erupted to the tune of a seven-run second inning, thanks in part to a booming two-run triple off the bat of Goulding, prior to an RBI single from freshman second baseman Martin Gaffney (Beecher H.S.).

Morton chipped away at the formidable PSC lead, closing to within 9-.7  

Sophomore infielder/pitcher Zac Ruzich (Beecher H.S.) slammed the door in the ninth, leaving a Panther base runner stranded at second base, fanning the game’s final two hitters on the way to picking up the save.

The Pioneers will hit the diamond next on Wednesday when they square off against Moraine Valley in an Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference doubleheader at the Pioneer Sports and Recreation Park (2:30 p.m. first pitch).

 

March 28, 2018

Pioneers Drop Two at Sauk Valley Despite Solid Performances

By Chris Kuchta – Coordinator of Sports Information

Chase Colding SwingDIXON, Ill. --- Prairie State College sophomore center fielder Chase Colding (Southfield-Lathrop H.S., Mich.) collected three hits and scored three times in the first game of an NJCAA Region IV doubleheader, but it wasn’t enough as the Pioneers fell to Sauk Valley by final scores of 5-4 and 8-3 Thursday afternoon.

With the setbacks, PSC dropped to 0-7 on the campaign.

Colding went 3-for-4 with a triple and stolen base.

Sophomore right fielder Matt Alisauskis (Chesterton H.S., Ind.) turned in a 2-for-4 effort with a triple and run batted in while freshman designated hitter Carlos Barajas (T.F. South H.S.) went 2-for-3 with a pair of two-baggers, an RBI, run and walk.

PSC held a 2-0 fourth-inning lead before the Hawks plated a quartet of tallies in the bottom of the frame.

The Pioneers tied the tilt in their half of the sixth when Barajas laced a leadoff double to left.  Prairie State’s DH was then sacrificed to third by freshman shortstop Dylan Gould (Illinois Lutheran H.S.).  A groundball to the right side by sophomore left fielder Brandon Durr (Thornwood H.S.), pushed across Barajas.

Sauk Valley won the tilt with a walk-off base hit in the bottom of the eighth.

The Pioneers scratched out just four hits in the nightcap as Alisauskis, Durr, Barajas and sophomore catcher Patrick Arndt (Chesterton H.S., Ind.) all produced safeties.  Barajas also scored twice.

The Pioneers will see action next on Friday when they host McHenry in an Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference doubleheader at the Pioneer Sports and Recreation Park (3 p.m.).

 

March 23, 2018

Arndt, Ruzich Provide Highlights as Waubonsee Downs PSC in Home Opener

By Chris Kuchta – Coordinator of Sports Information

Patrick ArndtCHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- Despite seven base runners in the game, the Prairie State College baseball team was unable to garner a win Friday afternoon, falling to Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference foe Waubonsee, 14-2.

The contest was the home opener for PSC (0-3).

The lone offensive highlights for the Pioneers came in a two-run fourth inning.

PSC plated its first tally when freshman infielder Martin Gaffney (Beecher H.S.), who had doubled to lead off the frame, crossed the plate courtesy of an ringing double to left field off the bat of sophomore catcher Patrick Arndt (Chesterton H.S., Ind.).  Arndt stepped on the dish two hitters later when sophomore pitcher Zac Ruzich (Beecher H.S.) lifted a sacrifice fly to deep center.

In all, Prairie State scratched out five hits in the tilt.

Sophomore second baseman David Sorrell (Boone Grove H.S., Ind.), sophomore third baseman Matt Alisauskis (Westmont H.S.) and freshman shortstop Adrian Esquivel (Crete-Monee H.S.) also recorded safeties.

PSC will see action next on Saturday when it plays a league doubleheader against Waubonsee in Sugar Grove.

 

February 28, 2018

PSC Opens Season With Setback at Joliet

JOLIET, Ill. --- Prairie State College sophomore Chase Colding recorded a pair of base hits, but it wasn’t enough pull the Pioneers past NJCAA Region IV power Joliet in the two team’s season openers Wednesday afternoon, following a 9-4 setback.

PSC (0-1) scratched out five hits in the tilt.

Colding went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs, an RBI and a stolen base.

Sophomore Patrick Arndt, sophomore Zac Ruzich and freshman Martin Gaffney recorded PSC’s other three hits.

The Pioneers will see action next on Tuesday when they travel to Olive-Harvey for a doubleheader in Chicago’s Roseland neighborhood (first pitch 3 p.m.).


Pioneers at the Next Level

These former Prairie State College baseball players continued their careers at four-year institutions.

  • Brandon Thomas - Alcorn State University
  • Nick Bruns - William Penn University
  • Bobby Sheppard - University of Buffalo
  • Mark Kane - Jamestown College, North Dakota
  • Dan Ohde - Jamestown College, North Dakota
  • Jeremy Hernandez – Calumet College of St. Joseph
  • Josh Johnson – University of Illinois Springfield
  • Peter Krygsheld – Trinity Christian College
  • Jim Miller – Ashford University, Iowa
  • Pat Nelson – Jamestown College, North Dakota
  • Keith Plocharczyk – University of Illinois Springfield
  • John Rafferty – Murray State University
  • Ryan Rasmas – McMurry University, Texas
  • Joe Sadowski – Clarke University, Iowa
  • Brendan Spongberg – Purdue University North Central
  • Jimmy Topps – University of Buffalo
  • Joe Ucho – Central Michigan University
  • Sam Cook – Friends University, Kansas
  • Connor Ryan - University of Illinois Chicago (Selected by Cincinnatti Reds)