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Oilmen Attempt to Extend Winning Streak Against Zephyrs

06/18/2014 10:20 PM -

Chicago Zephyrs (2-9)
at Northwest Indiana Oilmen (9-4, 7-3)

June 18, 2014 • 7:10 p.m. (CT) • Whiting, Ind.
Radio: None

For Starters
The Northwest Indiana Oilmen have won six consecutive games with their most recent loss coming on June 6 against Michigan City. A win on Thursday night over Chicago would establish a new Oilmen franchise record for most consecutive wins. The Oilmen previously won six straight in June 2012. A seven-game winning streak would also tie a Midwest Collegiate League record, a mark set by the Rockford Foresters in 2011, the Will County CrackerJacks in 2012 and the DuPage County Hounds in 2014.

Inside the Oilmen
The Oilmen defeated the Michigan City Lakers 5-3 on Tuesday night to push the winning streak to six. Valparaiso University’s Scott Jerge made his first start of the season and the third of his Oilmen career, tossing three scoreless innings.  Jerge has not allowed an earned run in 9 2/3 innings this season. Kankakee Valley graduate Andrew Jackson picked up the first win of his Oilmen career, tossing two shutout frames in relief. Anthony Gomez nailed downed his first save as the Lakers stranded the tying run at second and go-ahead run at first in the ninth. Jason Gasser returned to the Oilmen lineup on Tuesday after missing three games with a minor knee injury. He reached base twice with two walks and a two-run single. Ryan Burvan, one of four players on the team hitting over .300, dropped to the No. 7 spot in the order and went 1-for-4. Nick Vogelmeier moved to the leadoff spot and drew three bases on balls.

Inside the Zephyrs
The Zephyrs have been participating in summer collegiate baseball since 1999 and have been part of the Midwest Collegiate League since the league began in 2010. This season, the Zephyrs have dropped nine of their first 11 and are in sixth place in the MCL standings.  Their most recent game was an 8-0 loss to the Oilmen on June 14. Both Chicago wins this season have come against the Southland Vikings.

About the Matchup
The Oilmen won the only meeting between the two teams this season 8-0 on June 14. The Zephyrs and Oilmen will face off at Oil City Stadium again on Saturday before the two teams clash again next Wednesday, June 25. The Oilmen hold an 11-2 all-time record against Chicago and are a perfect 7-0 in head-to-head matchups played at Oil City Stadium. The Zephyrs are 0-9 all-time in games played at Oil City Stadium with two of those losses coming in the 2011 MCL playoffs against the Will County CrackerJacks.

Around the League
The DuPage County Hounds defeated the Lexington Snipes 5-4 in 10 innings on Wednesday night in Bloomington. The Hounds are now two games ahead of the Oilmen in the MCL standings. The Hounds and Snipes meet again on Thursday night. The Oilmen were scheduled to play Southland on Wednesday night, but that game was postponed due to rain.

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