Jackrabbits roll in key series opener

August 3, 2016

KOKOMO, IND. – The home view at Kokomo Municipal Stadium was just what the doctor ordered for the Kokomo Jackrabbits Wednesday, August 3.

Fueled by a tenacious start from Indiana University – South Bend’s Trey Bickel, the Gold and Brown’s offense came to life in front of a crowd of just 1900, leading the way to a 10-4 Prospect League win over first half Eastern Division champion West Virginia. The run total marked the third time in the 2016 campaign that Kokomo (15-12 PL second half, 30-27 overall) had reached double digits, while a 14-hit attack set a new franchise record at home and tied the overall record.

“Hey, we just needed for someone to get a big hit early,” field manager Matt Howard said. “We got that and then the rest of the team fell in line from there. The guys had been pressing a little bit too much the last two games, so to get a fast start allowed us to relax and play baseball.”

Five home side players got the large crowd at KMS to its feet often. Second baseman Logan Barnes of Indiana University – Southeast; center fielder Lance Mays of East Tennessee State; Brody Andrews of Grand Valley State; Matthew Owens of Chestnut Hill College; and shortstop Connor Dall of Butler University each tallied two hits. Bickel, improving to 3-2 with the blitzkrieg, coasted from the middle innings on after a tough start with six strikeouts and just two earned runs surrendered in his third start of the year.

“(Trey) is just the kind of guy we needed out there tonight,” Howard noted. “He’s a competitor … he thinks he can get everybody out and gets mad when he doesn’t.”

The Jackrabbits continue the pivotal late season set with the Miners Thursday, August 4. First pitch is 6:35 p.m.

West Virginia                   101        100        001                        4    9  2
Kokomo                            031        301        02x                      10  14  3

WP – Bickel
LP – Monroe
Time of Game: 2:51
Attendance: 1865
Coca-Cola Player of Game – Trey Bickel

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