The baseball team has played a three-game conference series against the Drury University Panthers and a single matchup against Quincy University in the past week.
In the first game of the weekend, the Bulldogs jumped to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning. The Bulldog defense was able to hold onto the lead until the top of the fifth inning when the Panthers piled on seven runs and took a commanding lead. Despite a late surge of two runs in the bottom of the ninth, the ’Dogs eventually fell 11-5.
The defensive struggle for the Bulldogs did not end after the first game of the afternoon. In the late game Saturday, Drury again put up 11 runs and mercy-ruled the Bulldogs in the eighth inning 11-1.
The team returned to the diamond Sunday hoping to salvage a single game of the weekend series. After a strong first inning in which the Bulldogs put up three runs, the defense again was unable to slow the Panthers. The defense allowed runs in every inning except the seventh in a 14-7 loss and another disappointing series sweep.
The Bulldogs were set to win against Quincy Tuesday afternoon, but struggled to gain momentum until late in the game. As a result, the Bulldogs saw yet another unfortunate finish, falling to the Hawks 9-5.
With only four series remaining in the regular season, the Bulldogs have fallen to 5-23 overall and currently sit at last place in the GLVC. The Bulldogs hope to right the ship before being eliminated from the conference tournament.
Later this week, the team will travel to Kentucky for a three-game series against Bellarmine University, with the first game scheduled to start at 11 a.m. CDT Saturday.