Findlay, OH – The University of Findlay baseball team ended a 15-game skid with a win on Sunday, April 30 against the Dragons of Tiffin University. Findlay claimed the 7-3 victory and improved their record to 18-22 with an 8-19 mark in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play.
After a quick top of the first, the Oilers, who celebrated nine seniors playing in their final home games, got things started in the bottom of the inning with a leadoff double from senior Logan Harrah. After a strikeout, fellow senior Peter Yorgen hit a ball to the fence in left for a double, scoring Harrah and giving Findlay a 1-0 lead.
Both teams traded scoreless innings until the bottom of the fourth when the Oilers would blow the game open. Sophomore Derrick Herd would lead off with a single to center and was followed by a monster home run to left field off the bat of Peter Yorgen. After two quick outs, junior Pete Burkett hit a double to left and sophomore Jordan Williams reached on an error. Senior Miguel Valdez then singled, scoring Burkett. After a walk, freshman Casey Gould also singled, scoring a pair of runs and extending the Oilers lead to 6-0.
Both teams scored single runs in the fifth and Tiffin added single runs in the sixth and seventh innings, but it was not enough as Findlay would secure its first win in 25 days.
Junior Colin Gossard, now 2-5 on the year, would pick up the win on the mound. He threw six innings and allowed just two runs on seven hits. He struck out eight batters and walked two.
Findlay's senior class had a special day at the play. On the day, players competing in their final game at home would combine to go 5-for-9. Logan Harrah was 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored, Peter Yorgen was 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, and a run scored, and Miguel Valdez was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored.
Sophomore Derrick Herd also had two hits, going 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.
Senior pitcher AJ Cecil also got an appearance in his final home game, throwing one inning and striking out two batters to seal the victory.
The final game of the series ended in the fifth inning when severe thunderstorms descended on Fifth Third Field.
Findlay will begin its final series of the year when they travel to Northwood this weekend.