WOOSTER, Ohio - Junior Nick Strausbaugh's two round-trippers and four RBI powered the 15th-ranked College of Wooster baseball team to an 8-3 win over Thomas More University on Wednesday afternoon at Art Murray Field.
Prior to Wooster's (19-8) center fielder's power surge, classmate Harry Witwer-Dukes staked the Fighting Scots to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Witwer-Dukes drove a first-pitch offering from Thomas More's (12-18) Mitch Mierke to the right center gap, and that plated junior Dan Harwood, who reached on a two-out walk, and senior Garrett Crum, who extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a single up the middle.
|Junior Nick Strausbaugh is greeted by senior Jacob Stuursma after hitting a home run in Wednesday's 8-3 win over Thomas More.|
In the second inning, freshman Tyler Chumita laced a one-out single into right field in what marked his sixth consecutive plate appearance with a base knock. That turned the lineup over, and Strausbaugh launched a three-run blast out to left field, which comfortably put Wooster on top 5-0.
That was more than enough support for sophomore starter Evan Faxon (3-1), who allowed a single hit in his three innings of work.
However, Wooster wasn't done just yet offensively, as the Scots plated a run in the third when junior Dan Gail ripped a double down the left field line. An inning later, Strausbaugh's solo homer made it a 7-0 game.
Wooster's final run came in the eighth when Stuursma touched home on Witwer-Dukes' RBI fielder's choice.
Crum logged his second four-hit game of the season, in what was also his team-leading 17th multi-hit game. Witwer-Dukes' three RBI backed up Strausbaugh's four, while all nine starters contributed at least one hit among the 16 Wooster accumulated.
Mierke (4-2) allowed six runs on seven hits in his three innings of work, while Alec Garnett was the Saints' big man offensively with two hits, two runs, and a RBI.
Next, Wooster's at the University of Mount Union (18-12) for a 4 p.m. game on Thursday.