BENSENVILLE, Ill. – The Roosevelt baseball team continued to leave opportunities on the base paths, as the Lakers followed up Friday's showing of 15 stranded runners with 24 left on base during a doubleheader loss to host Robert Morris Illinois at Memorial Field on Saturday.
Robert Morris Illinois (21-20, 10-7 CCAC) took advantage of three errors by the Lakers (8-22, 4-13 CCAC) to score three unearned runs, and despite four RMU miscues, the Lakers were unable to generate much offense with 10 runners stranded on base to suffer a 6-2 loss in game one.
Roosevelt finally broke through in a big way against the Eagles with a five-run second in game two, but Robert Morris scored seven unanswered runs to erase Roosevelt's 7-1 lead and complete the series sweep with an 8-7 nightcap decision.
The Lakers outhit the Eagles in game two 12-8 and managed 35 hits in the three-game series, but 10 runners were left on board in game one and 14 more were stranded in the nightcap.
Errors also hampered the Green and White. Only three of Roosevelt's eight runs allowed in game two were earned as the Lakers committed five of their eight total miscues on the day in game two to allow RMU to storm back.
Two-run doubles hit by Alvin Perez and Tyler Ward sandwiched an error that allowed Mark Albrecht to score in the second game's second inning, displaying Roosevelt's best offensive output in a frame during the three-game weekend set against the Lakers' neighbors from the South Loop.
The Lakers scored runs in each of the next two innings, with Dan Mazurkiewicz hitting a ground ball that brought in a run in the third and Jordan Coakley hitting a run-scoring single in the fourth for the Lakers' seventh run of the game.
RMU chipped away, and the Eagles scored twice in the fifth to make it a three-run game before replicating that two-run inning in the sixth and seventh. A single and subsequent error in the latter inning allowed the tying run to cross the plate, and an RBI groundout pushed across the go-ahead run for the Eagles.
Roosevelt loaded the bases in the eighth, but a strikeout ended that threat, and in the ninth the Lakers put the tying run aboard for sluggers Ward and Colten Trager. Unfortunately both struck out swinging to end the game.
Logan Fleener went 4-for-4 with two runs scored in the finale.
In the opener, RMU scored runs in each of the first three innings after Roosevelt scored first on first-inning error.
The Lakers missed out on a prime opportunity in the fifth inning as the first three batters reached base, but Roosevelt only mustered one run on Matt Kozlak's RBI single.
Two unearned runs in the sixth dug an even bigger hole that the Lakers were unable to get out of.
Parker Coleman had two hits in the opener and pitched 1.2 innings of perfect relief in the series capper.
Roosevelt faces Trinity Christian in Palos Heights on Tuesday, April 18.
Alvin Perez had a two-run double in game two. (Photo: Dan Lim)