Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Another Quality Start from Kloss

By: JMO

Great baseball was on display on a less than glamorous day in Kenosha. I'm sorry that I was unable to post last night because I was wrapped up in the Cubs game taking place in Arizona. In game 1 yesterday a pitcher's dual evolved between Trace Ruffie of Carthage and our own Mike Kloss. Mike pitched 9 shutout innings of baseball (as did Ruffie). The tenth inning proved to be fatal as Carthage rallied to score the lone run of the game. It was yet another great performance by our "ace" and Kloss has absolutely been an all-conference performer for us this season.

Game 2's home end of the 4th inning was the dagger as Carthage put an 8 spot up. The bats responded back with 5 in the top of the 5th and we later added another run but it wasn't enough as Carthage took game 2 by a score of 8-6. It was a little disheartening leaving Kenosha without a win but we played with the top ranked team in the region for 17 1/2 innings and that is something Coach said to be proud of. Of course its bittersweet but what can you do? Its baseball. With the season winding down we need to dig deep and take the final game today at 4 pm in Naperville if we want a shot at the conference tourney.

I want to personally thank all the parents that came to Carthage (perhaps for a second time this week) and fought the cold. Your support for our team means more than you think and I love looking around and seeing people I consider my second family. I have younger brothers so my Mom and Dad are usually obligated to stay at home and be involved with them. Having my friends parents out at the ballgames means a lot to me.

Week 5 is especially busy with all the mid-terms scheduled for class so I'm going to attempt to get some work done for the classroom. Hope to see you all today.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Wash Out Weekend

There was a valiant effort made by Carthage and North Central to try and squeeze at least one game in this weekends schedule but it just wasn't meant to be. Apparently the baseball gods did not want to see this CCIW match-up take place this weekend. So instead Coach Fitzgerald along with Coach Schmidt of Carthage will juggle the schedule to work something out.

Even though no baseball was played, the Cardinals did gain some ground on Augustana who lost to North Park on Saturday. We are hot on their tails and are looking to make a move past the Vikings.

Yesterday was quite an amusing day. We basically drove up to Kenosha to take an extended batting practice indoors and eat sack lunches provided by the dining hall. However, the Blog Master himself, Coach Bunnell, amused us all when he didn't get the 'memo' the games were cancelled (or banged as Coach Bogan says) for the day. So his mini-bus departed a little later than the rest of the team. And he was shorted a snickers bar in his sack lunch which at the moment is resting nicely in my stomach. Sorry about the confusion B.

Today we made a pretty good effort to get the water off the tarp and then another round of monsoons came whiping us out yet again. Watching the guys use the tarp as a slip N' slide made me think of being a little kid again and just having fun. The coaches received a few buckets of water over their head which was also amusing.

It was an undefeated weekend for the Cardinals and hopefully when the weather cooperates we will make a run at the tournament. Until next time........

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Bouncing Back

It was good to get a sweep of Millikin today. That goes without saying. Justin Moriarty gives you a recap in his post. So the one thing I will say is that it was good to see the team respond to a pair of tough losses earlier in the week...especially last night's. Right now, we sit two games out of the playoffs so now is as good of a time to get on a roll as any. There are some pics from the Illinois Wesleyan game on Thursday and there may be one or two from a Wheaton game.

SEND ME YOUR PICTURES: I've noticed throughout the course of the season a number of parents taking action shots during the games. If you would like those photos displayed in The Cave just email a digital copy to esbunnell@noctrl.edu.

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Double Header Sweep

Game 1 saw the Cardinals victorious over the Millikin Big Blue by a score of 6-4. Mike Kloss earned yet another win going all 9 today. There were a host of Cardinals that helped contribute by putting runs up on the board including Joe Turek who homered yet again.

Game 2 was an 11-3 win and once again it was a cumulative effort by everyone to end the day on a high note. Joe Heller, Danny Scott, Matt Abraham, and Steve Hlavac all had good days at the plate. Also, Nate Arenson did a great job out of the bullpen to positively contribute in game 2.

We did a lot of good things today in every aspect and its tough to name everyone so I'm sorry if I left anybody out. It was just a 'great day to be a Cardinal' I guess.

This marks the first time all year that we have won 2 games in a row. If we complete the sweep tomorrow against Millikin that's called a WINNING STREAK and this would be a great time to start getting hot.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

No Game Today

Today's rubber game with Illinois Wesleyan has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up on Thursday at 3:00 pm. This will bump the game with Concordia to a later date which has not yet been determined.

Monday, April 13, 2009

One for the Record Books?

Aside from what could have been a record low temperature (with the wind) for Friday's double-header, there may have been another record set during the opening game of our series with Elmhurst. Junior/right-hander Mike Kloss struck out a career high 17 hitters in a 4-2 win at Elmhurst. Initial research has left the results inconclusive so I can only speculate when saying that this was also a North Central record. After checking with both the North Central k and the CCIW website, there was nothing to prove otherwise. So until there is evidence refuting this feat, congratulations are in order to Mike Kloss on an impressive accomplishment.

As far as the series concerned, it was a melancholy win on Saturday after yet another disappointing split on Friday. Nevertheless, it is always a goal to win the series which is what we did. We will have that opportunity later this week in the rubber game with Illinois Wesleyan.

Friday, April 10, 2009

What a Performance!

The Cardinals took game 1 of a two game set against Elmhurst today. I don't know what it is but every time I seem to post about a successful win, Mike Kloss is in the middle of it. Today is not going to be any different. Kloss punched out 17, yes 17, Blue Jay hitters today in the fridged temperatures. I can't recall ever being a part of something as dominating as what Mike did today. He battled all day long and fortuantely we were able to put up runs for him. Mike is a friend of mine, but I don't like him more than any of the other guys on the team. However, he has been our ace all year and has done some amazing things for us when he is given the ball so I will give him all the credit in the world. For those of you not familar with the game, 17 strikeouts is astonishing! I'm throwing myself out on a limb and predicting a CCIW Pitcher of the week award heading to him early next week.

Danny Scott did a great job at the top of the order and put down a clutch bunt with the bases loaded, Andrew Wulbecker (Uncle Wully as some of us call him) had a great day coming up with some clutch hits and there were other Cardinals who contributed as well. Game 1 was just fun to watch and I like being a fan in this aspect.

Unfortunately we let Game 2 slip away and we need to take this series tomorrow afternoon at The Zimm. Hope to see you out there!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Back at It

After some time off due to a few inches of snow, we are ready to take the field today against Wheaton. The game itself will be played at Alexian Field in Schaumburg (Photo courtesy of www.flyersbaseball.com). It looks like a great place to play so it should be a fun day to play. The weather forecast is calling for sunny skies and temperatres in the 50's. Click here for directions.

OTHER NOTES:
Sunday's make-up game with Illinois Wesleyan will be made up Tuesday, April 14 at 3:00 pm at The Zimm.

A JV game has been added for tomorrow. The game will be played at Benedictine University beginning at 3:30 pm. It will be a single, 9-inning contest.

A new segment will be coming to The Cave featuring a drill or tip of the day or week or whenever we can post a video. The videos will also be posted on The Cave's YouTube site.

One other addition to the Cardinal Multimedia network is a link on Twitter. Honestly, I don't see the appeal of Twitter but this is more of a recruiting tool than anything else. But for more instant updates, go to www.twitter.com/nccbaseball.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Split with IWU

The Cardinals were able to take Game 1 of a two game set thanks to the pitching of Mr. Reliable, Mike Kloss, and a surge of Cardinal offense late in the game to seal the deal. Once again Mike's consistency sparked our team and he pitched his butt off for us down in Bloomington. This was a big win for us seeing as how we haven't been able to pull of a "W" in over 4 seasons against the Titans of Illinois Wesleyan.

Game 2 was a bit of a different story and we dug ourselves a bit of a whole right off the bat. I think the thing we as a team (as well as individually) need to work on is to not be content with taking the front end of a double header and become more consistent for the entire day. I myself feel that this is something that I can work on. Becoming more consistent on the field is something I have admittedly struggled with for the first third of the season. Good thing for me is that part of the season is done and over with and if you live in the past in this game it will eat you up mentally.

For our ballclub we can only go up from here and taking a series from Wesleyan (along with taking a series from Elmhurst/taking a game from Wheaton) would be a great starting point. Enjoy the rest of the weekend and hope that we don't get too much snow tomorrow.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Getting Back into the Classroom

Week 1 of the Spring term is in the books. I figure that I'll resume my normal routine of just writing on Fridays since the schedule is a little busier. This was a bit of a hectic week. Poor weather forced us to reschedule games starting at the beginning of this week and almost all of us missed the first couple of our classes. For the most part we are lucky at North Central to have very understanding professors and they appreciate the communication between athletes whenever there are conflicts. On a personal basis I am very fortunate to learn from great History professors such as Dr. Ann Keating and Dr. Will Barnett who are both knowledgeable, fair, and kind people. I am able to share a common interest with Dr. Keating since we are both avid Cubs fans and if future Cardinal players ever have the opportunity to take one of her classes I highly recommend it.

Now to the baseball diamond. We unfortunately dropped a couple of games to Augustana and Wheaton this past week. But in the CCIW the challenges keep coming and we have Illinois Wesleyan this weekend. If we can do the things that we are capable then we will come out on top and that would be huge since we haven't beaten IWU in half a decade. This is a great opportunity to turn things around this weekend! I hope everyone is enjoying yet another "Fantastic Friday." Have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Gordie Gillespie Great Steal

GORDIE GILLESPIE BOBBLEHEAD LINK

I was recently searching on ebay and I came across this item and I think it is a great collectors item for any person who loves the college baseball game. It is a signed bobblehead doll from the one and only Gordie Gillespie, the all time winningest college baseball coach in the history of the game. This is worth looking in to