Quinn Ahern, Jeff Evak build MCL All-Star Game stock but lose to Hounds

The Admirals’ No. 1 starter, Quinn Ahern, was called upon to help stop their six-game losing streak Friday against the DuPage Hounds in the first leg of their road doubleheader. He did his job, keeping the Admirals afloat with another quality start, but they gave up a lead late that led to a 5-2 loss.

This is the third straight game in which the Admirals scored first and led throughout half of the game, but whether if it’s because of pitching or hitting, the game seemingly gets away from them towards the end. On Friday, it was the offense, according to second basemen Michael Kendrick.

“We’re right in the game. We’re just not getting timely hitting, so it’s tough,” said Kendrick who went 1 for 4, a double and an RBI.

The Admirals would have liked to get a win at DuPage to make for a happier drive out to Whiting, Ind. to face the NW Indiana Oilmen for the nightcap, but the loss extends their losing streak to seven games.

“It’s tough on our psyche a lot, but we’re trying to fight through it,” said Kendrick.

Outside of Kendrick, who had the only RBI for the Admirals, Jeff Evak continues his strong season as he faced off against fellow Purdue teammate, starting pitcher Matt Frawley on the mound for the Hounds. Evak got the best of him by getting two of the three total hits allowed by Frawley. He went 2 for 4 with a triple and a double, which extends his hitting streak to six games and raises his stock to reach the Midwest Collegiate League All-Star Game on July 9.

Coming off season-highs of 8 innings pitched and 9 strikeouts against the Northwest Indiana Oilmen in his last start, Ahern went 6 1/3 innings, gave up three earned runs and struck out five against the Hounds. He has a quality start in every start this season. His ERA hovers around the low-twos as he builds his own case to reach the MCL All-Star Game.

Brenden Miller made his debut for the Admirals after suffering an arm injury in the Spring season. The Division I pitcher, out of Southern Illinois University, showed off a breaking ball with lots of bite as he struck out two in his 1 2/3 innings of work.

After Friday night’s game against the Oilmen, the Admirals are back at it again with another road doubleheader against Lexington the following day. The first game at Lexington is expected to start at 1 pm.

 

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