Photo of Evan Etchison
Photo of Evan Etchison
MISHAWAKA – Evan Etchison impressed in defeat for Grace’s baseball team. The sophomore hurler struck out 16 batters during the Lancers’ second game against Bethel on Saturday.

He set the program record for most strikeouts in a game, doing so in 5.2 shutout innings of work. Of the 17 outs that Etchison collected from the mound, 16 came via strikeout.

Grace was unable to pick up the series win against Bethel, however, dropping two games on Saturday.

The Lancers claimed the first game of the series on Friday, but the Pilots came back to win three straight and take the series.

Grace outhit Bethel in both of the games on Saturday, but the Lancers could not generate enough runs and lost two low-scoring affairs by the scores of 4-2 and 3-0.

The opening game saw Grace outhit Bethel 7-6 but fall 4-2.

The Pilots jumped on Grace with a three-run first inning and never trailed again. Bethel had four of its six total hits in the first inning, generating three runs in the process.

In the fourth inning, Grace moved within striking distance. Jeff Pawlik and Alex Rich began the inning with singles. A bunt moved both runners into scoring position, and Chris Griffin drove in the pair with a single.

But the Lancers were unable to score again and lost by two runs. Rich finished 3 for 4 with a run scored, and Griffin was 2 for 4 with two RBIs.

The second game was a quick pitchers’ duel. Bethel scored all of the runs in the top of the first inning.

The Pilots had two hits in the first, benefitting as well from an error to grab a 3-0 lead.

Etchison entered the game in relief with one out in the first inning and proceeded to finish the game. He quickly mowed through the Pilots over the final six innings thanks to his 16 strikeouts.

But Grace was unable to find any run support for Etchison. The Lancers outhit Bethel 7-5 but fell 3-0.

Grace had three hits in the second inning but came up empty. Cal Curiel and Patrick Danforth had two hits apiece to lead the Lancers, and Austin Carr, Sam Newkirk and Griffin also registered a hit.

The Lancers have a quick turnaround, playing host to Indiana Wesleyan on Monday at 1 p.m.

Grace Grabs Split With Pilots

WINONA LAKE – Grace’s baseball team took one of two games against Bethel in Crossroads League play on Friday.

The Lancers won the opener 9-4, and Bethel ended the day with a 13-3 victory.

The Lancers and Pilots will conclude their series on Saturday with a 10 a.m. doubleheader in Mishawaka. Grace will then return home on Monday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader against Indiana Wesleyan.

Grace took the opener, leading for nearly the entire nine-inning affair. The Pilots (11-21, 5-11 CL) led 3-1 after one inning, but Grace took control of the game with a big second inning.

The Lancers (12-17, 6-10 CL) plated five times in the frame, including runs from Lucas Slager, Sam Newkirk, Jake Cox, Patrick Danforth and Jeff Pawlik.

Grace’s 6-3 lead held through six innings. The Pilots plated one run in the top of the seventh, but the Lancers responded in the bottom of the inning.

Alex Rich started the scoring with an RBI single, and Austin Carr followed with an RBI of his own. Slager drove in Grace’s third run of the inning, increasing the Lancers’ lead to 9-4.

Bethel was unable to respond, allowing the Lancers to secure the opening victory.

Bret Wilhelmi picked up the win from the mound, starting and going 6.1 innings. Hunter Schumacher tossed the final 2.2 innings in relief to earn the win; he did not allow a run and struck out four in a strong stint.

Danforth hit 3 for 5 with two runs and three stolen bases, Carr was 1 for 2 with three RBIs, and Slager and Rich had two hits apiece.

In the second game, the Pilots used outbursts in the middle innings to pull away from Grace.

The contest was even at 2-2 after three innings were completed.

But the Pilots erupted for 11 runs over the next two innings to seize control of the game for good. Grace could not muster a response after falling behind by double digits.

Zach Platt had Grace’s best performance from the bullpen. He threw two scoreless innings of relief, allowing one hit with no walks.

Rich hit 2 for 4 with a double and a run. Colin Carr hit 1 for 1 while entering the game off the bench.

Chris Griffin was 1 for 3 with an RBI, Danforth was 1 for 3 with a run scored, and Slager was also 1 for 3.

Lancers down Spartans

WARSAW - Grace’s men’s tennis team picked up a 4-2 victory over Missouri Baptist on Friday.

The NAIA No. 22-ranked Lancers battled at several positions to record the win over the Spartans.

The Lancers (14-10) claimed the doubles’ point for an early advantage.

Nicolas Doria and Pablo Gregoria won 6-1 at No. 3 doubles. Ramiro Candia and Fabricio Galvan earned a tough 7-6 (7-1) victory at No. 2 doubles.

In singles’ play, Francisco Margaria was perfect at No. 6 singles (6-0, 6-0).

David Sandi (6-1, 6-4) was victorious at No. 2 singles, and Gregori also won at No. 4 singles (6-3, 6-3).