Windom takes 2 from Tiger baseball

Marshall hadn’t lost to Windom in baseball since 2009. On Friday, while making their 2013 debut under new head coach Chace Pollock, the Tigers struggled with errors as they were swept by the Eagles 9-3 and 7-6 in Windom.

“The errors were what killed us really,” Pollock said. “Everyone of them, as we look back, cost us somewhere along the way. It wasn’t that we were able to sneak out of an inning here or there. They all seemed to come back and hurt us quite a bit. We’ve got to work at it and we’ve just got to get better.”

The Tigers committed six errors over the twin bill, distributing the miscues evenly.

Marshall’s bats struggled in Game 1 as well, as the Tigers scraped together seven hits but just three runs. The Tigers scored in the top of the first, fifth and seventh, but trailed as soon as the Eagles got up to bat.

Aaron Mathiowetz, who was credited with the loss for the Tigers, had a double, as did Riley Roth.

Windom starting pitcher Collin Lovell fanned 11 Marshall batters during his complete game victory.

Brandon Thongvivong and Jake Johnson each belted a pair of doubles for Windom, who led 5-1 after the second inning. A three-run bottom of the fourth blew open the game.

Conner Mesman and Adam Kovash each took a turn on the mound for the Tigers in Game 1, while Marshall would go on to use six total pitchers on the day.

“We put everyone on a pinch count and we wanted to run it through by committee,” Pollock said. “We got six guys on the mound today and that’s what we wanted. As we go into next week, playing five games in a week, we wanted to see who we could put in for different situations in different games and go from there. It was a good experience for the guys to just get out there throw.”

Windom jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning of Game 2, but Mathiowetz blasted a grand slam in the bottom of the inning to give Marshall a lead. Another run in the bottom of the second had the Tigers up 5-3.

Windom rallied for three runs in the third before Marshall tied the game in bottom of the fifth. Errors would again take their toll as Windom regained the lead in the top of the sixth, holding on for the 7-6 lead. The Eagles had just four hits in the game.

CD Douglas was charged with the loss, despite giving up just one run in three innings of duty. Thongvivong earned the win in two innings of relief work.

Among the new faces for the Tigers were several players who qualified for the VFW state tournament as part of Marshall’s VFW Blue team last summer. Pollock said that each of the newcomers, especially freshman Drew Hmielewski showed great promise in Marshall’s first games of the 2013 season.

“He did a nice job and all those guys from VFW Blue that are new with us did a very nice job,” Pollock said. “I was very, very pleased with what we saw. We’ve got a long way to go. In the minimal time that we have, whether it is the VFW Blue guys who are new with us this year or the seniors we have returning from last year, we’ve just got to work on some things. It’s going to be tough for us to find practice time to work on them, but we’ll just have to go with the flow. I was very pleased with everyone that we asked to step up today. It was just one of those deals where we need to get more work at.”

The Tigers (0-2 overall, 0-2 Southwest Conference) will look to pick up their first win of the year on Monday, when they travel to New Ulm to take on the Eagles.