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Oilmen Seek Third Straight Victory Wednesday in Sugar Grove

07/15/2014 11:59 PM -

Northwest Indiana Oilmen (19-12, 17-11)
at Chicago Zephyrs (4-22)

July 16, 2014 • 5:30 p.m. • Sugar Grove, Ill.
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For Starters
The Oilmen have won back-to-back games after eking out a 2-1 victory over first-place DuPage County on Tuesday night. Danny Pobereyko turned in the best outing of his Midwest Collegiate League career, allowing only one unearned run on two hits over eight innings. Pobereyko has struck out 19 and issued no walks over his last two starts. Matt Pobereyko improved to 11-for-11 in save chances by sending down the Hounds quickly in the ninth.

Inside the Oilmen
The Oilmen have received several pieces of clutch, two-out hitting this week, something that has been lacking at times this season. Alec Ornelas delivered a two-out, run-scoring double in the sixth inning of Monday’s first game, a 2-1 loss to Southland. The Oilmen did more damage in the second game, scoring four of their seven runs after two were out. On Tuesday night, it was a two-out rally in the third inning that lifted the Oilmen over the Hounds. The Oilmen took full advantage of an error by shortstop Connor Kopach as Kevin DeFilippis and Jason Gasser put together back-to-back extra-base knocks with two down. The Oilmen strung together consecutive extra-base hits for the second time this season, with the first coming on June 29 against Joliet.

Inside the Zephyrs
The Zephyrs most recent game was an 8-1 loss to Southland on Tuesday night. The Zephyrs mustered up only three hits, two of which came courtesy of Drew Bailey. They have now dropped four straight games and sit in last place in the Midwest Collegiate League standings.  

About the Matchup
The Oilmen have taken three of the first four meetings between the two teams this season, winning by a combined score of 23-1 over those three games. The Zephyrs did prevail 11-2 on June 25 at Oil City Stadium. Northwest Indiana is 2-0 at Waubonsee Community College this season. The Oilmen lead the all-time series with the Zephyrs 13-3. 

Around the League
The next three days will go a long way toward gaining an inclination of how the top four teams in the Midwest Collegiate will finish. All six league teams are in action on Wednesday night as the Admirals visit the Vikings and the Hounds host the Snipes. Friday will be a particularly eventful day in the league as the Hounds and Snipes face-off in a day game before the DuPage County visits the Vikings under the lights while the Snipes travel to Whiting to take on the Oilmen. The afternoon game between Southland and DuPage County will be held at the neutral site of Homewood-Flossmoor High School.

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