For Jacob Koelling, Sunday night couldn’t have gone any better.
It’s a statistical impossibility.
The sophomore right-hander recorded the victory in a 10-3 Archers win over Central College (Iowa) Sunday night with two sterling innings of relief.
Entering a 2-2 game in the top of the sixth inning, Koelling, (1-0), struck out each of the six batters he faced in his two innings of work.
The Archers (3-4), rallied for a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth, and added three more runs in the seventh, and four in the eighth. STLCC outhit Central College 16-5, and took advantage of five Central errors, one of which led to all four eighth-inning runs.
“No matter who we play, when we play, where we play, we have to take advantage of the other team’s mistakes,” Archers head coach Scott Goodrich said. “To have 16 hits, that’s great, but when other teams make mistakes, we need to capitalize on that. When it gets a little warmer and teams have more games under their belt, that’s going to be the difference between winning and losing.”
Freshman right-hander Colby Holloway started for the Archers, logging three innings of work and allowing one unearned run on one hit. He walked none and struck out three. The strong start was a bounce-back performance for Holloway, who allowed five earned runs in 1 2/3 innings in his previous outing.
But on Sunday, the most pivotal outing was courtesy of Koelling, who also struggled in his initial outing of the season.
“It was really good, and not just for this game,” Goodrich said. “He struggled a little in his last outing three weeks ago, and he’s coming back from shoulder surgery. He didn’t pitch at all in the fall, so it was good to get him back out there. We’re going to count on him big-time late in games.”
Around the Horn
- Sunday’s game, which was added to the schedule last week, was played at GCS Ballpark, home of the Frontier League’s Gateway Grizzlies.
- The Archers have scored nine or more runs in each of their three wins. The team’s 16 hits were a season-high.
- Redshirt freshman Seth Mesey and sophomore right-hander Austin Meine combined for four innings of strong relief, allowing two runs while striking out five. The Archers struck out a season-most 13 batters on the evening.