07/07/2012 9:55 PM
Box Score: L, 7-8
A late rally was not enough last night as the Big Train lost to the Rockville Express 8-7. The loss was the team's second in their last 10 contests.
Cameron Cuneo (UC Santa Barbara) took the mound for the Big Train and kept the Express bats quiet for the first two innings, allowing the Big Train to take a 2-0 lead on base knocks from Hunter Renfroe (first inning, Mississippi State) and Michael Bass (second inning, UNC Wilmington).
The heat and humidity forced Cuneo to exit early, though he gave up only two earned runs while striking out five over 3.2 innings. Cuneo turned the game over to Jordan Gross (Tulane) in the fourth, and Gross did his best to keep clean in a sticky situation.
Despite giving up no earned runs, Gross found himself down 7-2 by the end of the fourth due to miscues by the Big Train defense. However, Gross would buckle down over the next two innings, giving only an unearned run.
Gross's persistence paid off, as the offense was able to propel the team back within striking distance in the sixth, as Avondre Bollar (San Diego State) and Bass picked up RBIs on a home run and a single, respectively. Cole Norton (St. Mary's (CA)) crossing the plate on Bass's single pulled the team back within three, and the offense wasn't done just yet.
Colin Kish (Florida Southern) would drive in two more runs in the eighth inning to bring the Big Train back to within one run, hammering a double deep to left field. Though the rest of the lineup couldn't bring home Kish from third base, the team still had one last shot at tying the game headed into the ninth inning.
After drawing a leadoff walk, Norton would work his way around the bases in the top of the ninth, eventually scoring with two outs to tie the game at seven. However, the bullpen would not be able to force the game into extra innings, as the Express walked off on a bases-loaded groundball that managed to sneak through the infield winning the game 8-7.
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