Rochester Century takes two from the Tigers

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 12, 2006

The Albert Lea baseball team wrapped up a busy week by dropping two games to a strong Rochester Century team 5-0 and 8-3.

Josh Jordahl pitched well enough to win the first game, but a pair of errors led to five unearned runs for Century. Jordahl gave up six hits, walked one and struck out two.

&8220;We had one error in both the fourth and fifth innings and when you give teams like this an extra out they usually take advantage of it,&8221; said Albert Lea head coach Joe Sczublewski.

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The Albert Lea offense was quiet for the most part getting just three hits &045;&160;one each from Nick Bunz, Arik Matson and Ben Berhow &045;&160;in the game.

The Tigers would put two runners on in the seventh but could not push them across.

Albert Lea would get its offense going in the second game pounding out 10 hits, but the Tigers were unable to come up with some hits to drive them in.

Ben Kelly drove in the Tigers’ first run in the first inning. Matson and Berhow singled before Kelly drove in Matson with the third consecutive base knock.

The team would add two more runs in the second as Jake Villarreal singled and David Hird drew a walk before Bunz drove in Villarreal. Another walk loaded the bases and Berhow was hit by a pitch to plate the final run.

The Tigers used four different pitchers in the game, but Rochester used a four-run second and three more in the sixth to seize control of the game.

&8220;We got the offense going but we still need to take advantage of those opportunities with some timely hits to score some more runs and support our pitchers,&8221; said Sczublewski.

Kelly had his biggest day of the season at the plate going 3-for-4 with the team’s other seven hits coming from seven different players.

The Tigers are back in action Tuesday when they host Austin with the section tournament quickly approaching.