Pitching duel goes way of DuPageJune 12, 2016
KOKOMO, IND. – Oberlin College’s Sean Kiley continued to impress Kokomo Jackrabbits’ fans and the Prospect League Saturday, June 11.
Kiley, who entered the end of the Jackrabbits’ current three-game home stand as one of the PL’s leaders in earned run average, showed signs of staying in that territory, striking out five DuPage Drones while being touched for just two earned runs on six hits over six innings. However, Austin Knight of Missouri State University, his hurling counterpart, was just as tough to solve for the home team, limiting Kokomo to three hits and one run over seven frames in route to a 2-1 DuPage win.
The hosts appeared to have Knight on the ropes in the first inning. After a spell of wildness led to loading the bases in the wake of two walks and a hit batsman, Wayne State University’s Griffin Harms got a pitch past the middle infield for an RBI single and a 1-0 lead. The Drones’ starter got out of the jam with a fly out and proceeded to surrender just two hits over the next six Jackrabbits’ hitting opportunities. Meanwhile, the visitors managed a two-run rally in the fourth and got it to hold up for the victory.
Kokomo and DuPage wrapped up a home-and-home set, traveling to Benedictine University’s stadium in Lisle, Ill., for a 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time first pitch Sunday, June 12. The Jackrabbits return to Kokomo Municipal Stadium for a 6:35 p.m. start against in-state league rival Lafayette Tuesday, June 14.
NOTES: Harms’ two-hit evening, which led the Jackrabbits, marked his second multiple-hit effort in the last three games … The home team bullpen resumed its impressive 2016 resume, striking out four and being nicked for just one hit in three innings of work.