After scoring eight times in a win against Wisconsin Monday night at home, the Chinooks offense failed to make the bus trip to Carson Park for Tuesday’s contest. The Chinooks bats only produced three hits in a 7-3 loss to southern division foe Eau Claire.
Jason Hoppe (Minnesota State) took the ball for the Chinooks, making his first start of the season after joining the team over the weekend. The Express jumped on him early for three hits and two runs in the first inning to take the early lead. They added one more in the third thanks to an error, and the decisive blow was landed in the forth, when Will Fadness hit a two-run home run home run for their fifth run of the contest.
Despite the low hit total, the Chinooks did find themselves with a handful of scoring opportunities. In the third the Chinooks put two runners on with two out and come up empty. In the fifth, a two out walk loaded the bases but a clutch hit was nowhere to be found.
The offense did crack the run column in the fourth thanks to an RBI ground out that scored Eric Aguilera (Illinois State) from third. The final two tallies came in the seventh frame when Charlie Markson (Notre Dame) hit his first home run of the season.
The same two teams will go at it again on Independence Day tomorrow. Andrew Waszak (Michigan State) will be on the hill for the Chinooks as they look to finish the final games of the first half strong.