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Baseball Looks to Regain Momentum

March 27, 2012

Mike Erhard  
Mike Ehrhard (right) is greeted by his teammates after
clubbing one of his four home runs this season.

After a quick start to the year, which included a 10-game winning streak, the Archers have hit a rough patch following their return from spring break.

After opening the year 10-3, STLCC has gone 4-9 in its past 13 games. In those nine losses, the Archers were held to three runs or fewer seven times.

Despite those recent struggles at the plate, the Archers have received consistent production from freshman outfielder/designated hitter Mike Ehrhard (CBC). Ehrhard enters the week batting a team-best .396 with four home runs and 19 RBI. Ten of his 21 hits have gone for extra bases.

As expected, sophomore right-handers Andrew Reidt (Pacific) and Eric Tiefenthaler (Troy) have anchored the STLCC pitching staff. Reidt is 3-1 with a 2.25 ERA through the season’s first month, leading the Archers in both wins and earned-run average. Tiefenthaler begins the week 2-1 with a 3.71 ERA, and has allowed just seven hits in his 17 innings of work.

The Archers enter a key portion of their schedule this week, as they begin Midwest Community College Athletic Conference competition with doubleheaders scheduled against Jefferson College, St. Charles Community College and Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods. They figure to have their work cut out for them today (March 27) against Jefferson, as the Vikings have won eight of nine and enter the week 20-5 overall.