06/08/2016 11:19 AM
at Northwest Indiana Oilmen (3-6)
June 8, 2016 • 7:20 p.m. • Whiting, Ind.
Radio: WJOB (7 p.m. pregame) & NWIOilmen.com
NWI’s Luke Jaksich (Saint Joseph’s College / St. John, Ind.) vs. Lakers’
Dan Snyder (Purdue North Central / Union Mills, Ind.)
The Northwest Indiana Oilmen made it back-to-back wins for the first time this season, eclipsing the Lakers 8-6 in Tuesday’s home opener. Jake Pereirra became the first Oilmen player to launch one off the scoreboard this season, a rocket to left that drove in two. Chase Dawson made a splash in his Oilmen debut, racking up a game-high three hits. Perreira is 4-for-9 in the last two games after hitting .158 over his first six. The Oilmen picked up three stolen bases on Tuesday to boost their season total to 12. The Oilmen have seven players hitting above .300, while the Lakers have three. The Oilmen have won six straight regular season home games dating back to last year.
Inside the Oilmen
The Oilmen will send incoming Saint Joseph’s College freshman left-hander Luke Jaksich to the mound on Wednesday night. He’ll make his Oilmen debut and first college-level appearance. Jaksich was a member of an Andrean High School team that went 24-6 and 11-1 in the Northwest Crossroads Conference this season. The 59ers bowed out of the postseason with a 6-3 loss to Chesterton in the sectional championship. Jaksich was a part of Andrean’s back-to-back state championship teams his sophomore and junior seasons. He played with Oilmen infielder Chase Dawson, a 2015 Andrean graduate. Jaksich will join Oilmen outfielder Chase Fieldhouse and infielder Alex Nisle with the Pumas next season. Once Jaksich toes the rubber on Wednesday, the Oilmen will have used seven different starting pitchers in the first 10 games of the season. The Oilmen are 0-5 when scoring fewer than five runs and 3-1 when scoring five or more runs this season.
Inside the Lakers
The Lakers will go with Dan Snyder as their starting pitcher on Wednesday. Snyder just completed his senior season at Purdue North Central in the final season of PNC, which is merging with Purdue Calumet to form Purdue Northwest this coming year. Snyder went 0-10 with a 9.14 ERA. He issued 37 walks and struck out 36 in 65 innings of work. Snyder is 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA this summer. After Wednesday’s game, the Lakers begin a four-game homestand on Thursday against the Joliet Admirals.
About the Matchup
The Lakers were the only team in the Midwest Collegiate League that the Oilmen finished with a losing record against last season. In their first season in the league, the Lakers went 6-3 against the Oilmen. The two teams had met as non-league foes previously, so the Oilmen still lead the all-time series 11-9 and lead this year’s season series 1-0. After Wednesday, the Lakers and Oilmen will meet four more times this month, all at Oil City Stadium.
Around the League
The DuPage County Hounds blanked the Bloomington Bobcats 11-0 on Tuesday. It was a competitive game through five innings, but a two-run game turned into a lopsided affair when the Hounds poured on three in the sixth, two in the seventh and four in the eighth. The Bobcats committed five errors. DuPage County’s Chase Lowman scattered seven hits over eight scoreless innings and did not allow a walk while striking out six.
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