The Waldorf College baseball team opened a four-game series with a pair of losses to Ottawa University on Sunday.
The Warriors (1-6) lost by scores of 5-2 and 8-3.
Waldorf committed five errors in the doubleheader, four of which came in the second game.
“We shot ourselves in the foot too many times,” Waldorf coach Ryan Flickinger said. “Errors lead to runs and they capitalized when we made them.”
Casey Schuermann collected two hits for the Warriors in the opener.
The Braves (4-6) jumped in front early behind Nick Deichler’s three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. A.J. Clayton added a two-run triple in the sixth.
Waldorf’s Chad Czaplewski cracked an RBI double in the first. A groundout from Ben Alexander drove in Tevin Padgett in the fifth. The Warriors finished with six hits.
Phillip Timm took the loss on the mound. Timm (1-1) struck out four batters, walked four and surrendered five runs (four earned) on six hits in six innings.
Eight hits in the second game weren’t enough for the Warriors. Ottawa’s Cole Newell notched 10 strikeouts.
“I felt like our bats did well in Game 1 and Game 2 until we were in scoring position,” Flickinger said. “In Game 2, if we didn’t get a hit, we struck out. We left runners on base in a few key innings, but our approaches are getting better.”
Dylan Bezayiff led Waldorf with a pair of singles in the second game.
Kendrick White belted an RBI single for the Warriors in the top of the first. Jeff Ferstein gave Waldorf a 2-1 lead with a run-scoring double in the second. Derek Breit provided an RBI double in the seventh.
The Braves plated three runs in the third, one in the fifth and three more in the sixth.
Max Querin was hit with the loss. Querin (0-2) finished with four strikeouts and three walks while allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits in five innings.
Michael Keeran closed out the sixth, yielding three runs (two earned) on three hits.
The Warriors wrap up the series with the Braves in tomorrow’s 1 p.m. doubleheader.
Waldorf’s Ariel Gomerez starts on the mound in Game 1 and Schuermann gets the nod in Game 2.
The Warriors are aiming to clean up their defensive play.
“We just simply need to make the plays we are supposed to make,” Flickinger said. “We need to put the ball in play and they will fall. The biggest issue we have is allowing a big inning when an error happens.”