06/13/2014 12:26 PM
Joliet Admirals (3-4)
at Northwest Indiana Oilmen (5-4, 4-3)
June 13, 2014 • 7:10 p.m. (CT) • Whiting, Ind.
Radio: AM 1230 WJOB
Jason Gasser recorded three extra-base hits and drove in four runs to propel the Oilmen to a 5-4 victory over the Southland Vikings on Thursday. There were three lead changes in the game as the Oilmen grabbed a 2-0 edge, fell behind 4-2 and then rallied for the victory. Jimmy McNamara improved to 2-0 with his third strong start of the year, while Garrett Sherrell extended his scoreless innings streak to five with two frames of relief. Matt Pobereyko, who is the all-time Midwest Collegiate League saves leader, notched his fourth save of the season.
Inside the Oilmen
Munster graduate Craig Dedelow made his Oilmen debut on Thursday, becoming the first Indiana University player to appear with Northwest Indiana. He drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly, finishing the game 0-for-2 with a walk. The addition of Dedelow caused Nate Schneider to drop to the fifth spot in the batting order with Dedelow hitting cleanup. Western Michigan’s Nick Vogelmeier led off for the first time this season and responded by turning in his first multi-hit game of the year. The Oilmen have now won back-to-back games and are seeking their first three-game winning streak of the season on Friday.
Inside the Admirals
The Joliet Admirals have not played in a full week, enjoying six consecutive off days following a 6-2 loss to DuPage County on June 6. Northwest Indiana downing Joliet 13-2 on May 30, but the Admirals have been competitive as of late, winning three straight before the loss to the Hounds. The Admirals have stayed active during the week away from game play, holding an indoor practice earlier this week in preparation for Friday’s game against Northwest Indiana.
About the Matchup
The Admirals are making their first trip to Oil City Stadium since being rebranded from the Rockford Foresters to the Joliet club. The Oilmen are 11-1 all-time against the Rockford/Joliet franchise and hold a 10-game winning streak in the head-to-head series.
Around the MCL
Thursday’s win over Southland moves the Oilmen to second place all by themselves in the Midwest Collegiate League. The league-leading DuPage County Hounds were also victorious on Thursday, defeating Chicago 7-5 to stay 2.5 games ahead of NWI. Friday is a full slate of MCL games as the Snipes visit the Zephyrs and the Vikings battle the Hounds.
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