RIO GRANDE, Ohio—Franciscan University of Steubenville's Baron baseball team opened up the 2011 season at Rio Grande University in doubleheader action on Saturday. The Barons dropped both games 11-0, 4-1 to the Red Storm.
Despite the losses, head coach Robert Marrow has a positive outlook on the season.
"We played well," he said. "Our players are really optimistic about the season."
Despite some good at-bats in the first game, the Barons were unable to score, stranding nine base runners throughout the game. Jacob Machado and Ryan Marrow both went 2-3, while Charlie Parsons, David Dupuy, and Luke Starre each registered a hit.
Stephen Darrenkamp (0-1) was the starting pitcher for Franciscan, and performed well in five innings of work, giving up just two earned runs off of six hits. The Barons were down only 4-0 going into the sixth inning, but the Red Storm chiseled away at Baron relief pitchers Jordan Banks and Andrew Radlicz; they gave up five and two earned runs, respectively.
Game two did not start out well for the Barons, with starting pitcher Matt Talbot giving up four quick runs. Once Talbot and the Barons settled down, the team was able keep up with Rio Grande for the remainder of the game. Talbot (0-1) had three strikeouts and gave up two earned runs and four hits in five innings of work. Parsons pitched a clean sixth with just one hit.
Offensively, it was tough game for the Barons, going hitless on the day. Christopher Maguire drove in Jordan Banks with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the fifth for the only Franciscan run of the game.
Next up for the Barons is a trip to Vero Beach, Fla., for Spring Training the week of March 11. The Barons will face Salve Regina College and Westminster College.