Sunday, March 20, 2005

Inside the Box Score: Crimson Errors Propelled Wildcats Victory

Going inside the box score on the Crimson’s loss to Bethune-Cookman in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, it’s clear that the Crimson didn't lose as much as they gave it away with sloppy defense. The B-CC Wildcats scored all 8 of their runs in the first 5 innings. It was Crimson errors in 4 of those 5 innings which aided the Wildcats in their scoring.

After B-CC’s leadoff man reached in the bottom half of the first inning, it was an error by the Crimson pitcher which opened the door to the first Wildcats run. In the second inning, the Wildcats scored their first run on an error by the 3rd baseman, and the second run of that inning was unearned. In the third inning, an error by the Crimson second baseman opened the door to a 2-run inning by the Wildcats. An error by the Crimson shortstop allowed B-CC to score a second unearned run in the bottom half of the fifth inning. In all, B-CC scored 7 of their 8 runs in innings in which the Crimson committed an error.

Defense wasn’t the only problem; Crimson free passes also hurt. In the fourth inning, the Crimson starter walked the first two Wildcat hitters before being pulled. A wild pitch allowed the runners to advance, and B-CC was able to score one in that frame.

The Crimson weren’t alone in their defensive miscues. Bethune-Cookman also committed four errors and allowed the Crimson to score 3 unearned runs. In case you're wondering, the Crimson had one error in the first game while B-CC committed two. That rock-hard Florida clay is a far cry from the stable astroturf of the Metrodome and Lavietes Pavillion (although game-time temperatures hovered in the high 50s and low 60s)...

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