Middle Innings Topple Tiffin 8-6

Middle Innings Topple Tiffin 8-6

Early on in Tiffin's nine inning affair with Gannon University, it looked like smooth sailing, with Tiffin racing out of the gate to a 4-0 lead, but the middle innings were unkind to the Dragons, falling 8-6 to the Golden Knights.

After Tiffin starter Ricky Krieger retired the side in order, the Dragons' offense started denting the board. Tiffin scored three runs on two hits and a Gannon error. After Kurt Barbeau's single and advancement to second via a wild pitch, Mitch Andersonreached on an error. With two on, Devon Fisk lined a pitch back up the box to score Barbeau. Another wild pitch allowed Anderson to score, and Fisk trotted home on Luke Brust's infield groundout to give Tiffin a 3-0 lead.

Krieger got the Dragons back to the plate quickly in the bottom of the 2nd, where his teammates provided more sparks offensively. First baseman Ryan Thomas started the inning with a towering drive to left field, clearing the wall, and boosting Tiffin's lead to 4-0.

Krieger seemed to be cruising along, until the 4th inning. After loading the bases, Krieger uncorked a wild pitch, allowing the Golden Knights to trail 4-1. Things got even worse in the 5th inning for Tiffin, as once again, Gannon loaded the bases. Another wild pitch scored a run to make it 4-2, and a pair of run scoring ground outs tied the score at 4-4. 

With Tiffin's offense dormant for the time being, the Golden Knights kept right on scoring, plating three more runs on four hits in the top of the 6th to lead 7-4. The Dragons answered with a run in their half of the 6th, taking advantage of a pair of errors.

In the 8th, Gannon added an insurance run, using a pair of Tiffin errors to do so, and upping their lead to 8-5. It was last call for Tiffin in the bottom of the 9th, and the Dragons, using late inning heroics a day ago, gave it their best shot. With one down, Isaac Perry cracked a solo home run to left field to make it an 8-6 contest. The rally was short-lived, as back to back fly outs ended the game.

Michael Boswell took the loss in relief for Tiffin, tossing four innings, allowing five hits and four runs. Offensively, Tiffin mustered six hits and five walks as a team, but stranded 10 runners. Isaac Perry was the lone Dragon with multiple hits, finishing 2 for 4 with a home run. 

The Dragons fall to 4-5 overall and will resume play on March 2, with a twin bill against the Golden Knights.