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Julie Haas, associate vice president, marketing communications, ext. 3120
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Tyler Cundith, sports information director, ext. 3122

Baseball – Cavaliers open new stadium with three wins


Baseball – Cavaliers open new stadium with three wins

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The defending East Jayhawk Conference Johnson County Community College baseball team broke in its new state-of-the art- turf field last weekend, and their first guests were the College of DuPage Chaparrals. 

The Cavaliers weren’t hospitable though, outscoring the DuPage 13-1 while taking all three games in the series. JCCC won by the scores of 6-0, 2-0 and 5-1. The three wins for JCCC came on the heels of a four tough road losses to Bossier Parrish Community College to being the 2013 campaign. 

An outstanding effort by Aaron Schnurbush spurred the Cavaliers to a 6-0 win in the opener. He kept contact to a minimum allowing only four hits, while striking out nine DuPage batters over eight innings of shutout ball. 

At the plate, Johnson County ripped six hits, including two extra base hits. The game was never in doubt after the third inning, as JCCC scored two runs on a groundout by Michael Yeager and an RBI triple by Zach Isham. 

JCCC brought home two more runs in the fifth, and matched that total again in the seventh. Yeager drove in a run in both innings. His walk in the fifth plated Cody Rutledge, and his double in the seventh scored a runner. Scott Livingston drove in the second run in the seventh. 

The Cavalier fans witnessed a pitching gem in the second game. Matt Blackham tossed six hitless innings to lift Johnson County to a 2-0 win.  Closer Nick Kolarik put away the final three outs for the save, as the two right-handers combined for the no-hitter. 

Blackham had dominating stuff, striking out a career high 11 batters.  JCCC took the 2-0 lead in the fifth, scoring on an error and a hit batter. 

Johnson County closed out the series with a 5-1 victory. Both teams put runners aboard, but it was JCCC that was able to take advantage. DuPage out-hit Johnson County, seven to three, but the Chaparrals stranded 13 runners. 

Gage Jacobs pitched lights out for JCCC, giving up just three hits and one earned run, with four strikeouts in five innings of work. 

DuPage pushed its only run across in the second, and JCCC took the lead for good in the third, scoring three runs on a RBI single by Yeager, and two-out triple by Schnurbush.


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