ISU baseball faces adversity, goes 1-2 against Minnesota State


Photo: Nicole Wiegand/Iowa State

Iowa State Club Baseball’s catcher Brad Hallman and pitcher Nick Wells meet with a base coach on the mound after giving up a run to the Hawkeyes during the last of a four-game series against Iowa at the Southwest Athletic Complex on Sunday, April 1. The Hawkeyes rallied from behind to beat the Cyclones 5-3. 

Emily Hejlik

The ISU Club Baseball team hosted Minnesota State this past weekend at Cap Timm Field. Weather coupled with bad luck proved to be a roadblock for the squad.

“We couldn’t put it all together for the weekend,” said ISU Club Baseball coach Aaron Hinnah. “It was one of those weekends where not much went right.”

The Cyclones dropped the first conference game 9-3 to the Mavericks. Kyle Tjossem, freshman shortstop, finished with two RBIs, and junior Spencer Maroo remained consistent at the plate.

“The key to hitting for me is being patient, waiting for a good pitch and not being too antsy,” Maroo said. “My teammates expect me to get a hit, which makes me want to go out there and produce. I expect a lot out of myself as well.”

Game two was postponed on the account of lightning during the fifth inning, and the two teams resumed play at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Questionable calls also played into the team’s frustration in a 5-4 loss.

“It was by far the worst officiated game of baseball I have ever seen, hands down,” Hinnah said. “I never want to blame the outcome of a game on an umpire, but when you don’t get the calls — the right calls at that — it’s hard not to in this situation. After the game, I told the guys that I was proud of how they played, and that game was a win in my book.”

The third and final game of the series was a bright spot for the club and its seniors especially, finishing with a 14-4 victory.

“I think this game showed how much better we truly were than Minnesota State and re-emphasized how we were cheated in game two on several calls,” Hinnah said. “This was a good way to send out our seniors, with it being the last time that Aaron Ruff, Phil Johnson, Ben Butler and myself will ever play at Cap Timm Field.”

The duo of Jon Chapman and Maroo produced on the mound while the senior combo of Ruff and Johnson combined for four walks, two runs and a couple of stolen bases, providing the Cyclones with several base runners and scoring opportunities.

A fourth game was not played due to the rainout Saturday and the late start Sunday.

In the end, camaraderie trumped the frustration of the previous two games of the weekend.

“We had a lot of fun in this last game at home for the season, and even enjoyed as our first baseman Derek Huser hit a foul ball, knocking out the back window of a fellow teammate’s, center fielder Daniel Clements’, car,” Hinnah said. “Last week he collided with a fence, this week a broken car window. What a rough life.”