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Packer baseball team loses fourth straight game

The Austin baseball team dropped a pair of games at Rochester Mayo by scores of 12-2 and 9-8 Thursday.

The Spartans (3-1 overall, 2-1 Big Nine) won the nightcap when Austin dropped a pop fly to start the bottom of the seventh and the Packers couldn’t hang on to a fly ball at the warning track that allowed the winning run to score.

Austin (0-4 overall, 0-4 Big Nine) led 7-4 in the bottom of the fifth with two outs when Steve Serratore belted a three-run homer.

Brady Klingfus scored on a Mayo throwing error on a bunt single by Mike Tindal to make it 8-7 Austin in the top of the sixth, but Mayo tied it in the bottom of the sixth when Jordan Ziegler hit a solo home run.

Austin pitchers walked 20 batters in the doubleheader.

“The strike zone may have been a little small, but we’ve got to adjust to that and throw strikes,” Austin head coach Troy Watkins said.

Austin 1 0 1 0 0 0 — 2 5 3

Mayo 2 5 2 0 0 3 — 12 11 1

Austin pitching: Luke Mallory (L), 1 1/3 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 4 ER; Quinn Yocom, 1 2/3 IP, 3 H, 6 BB, 5 ER, 1 K; Jacob Hines, 2 2/3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 K

Austin hitting: Jay Ettinger, 2-for-3, double, 2 R; Joey Swatfager, 1-for-3, RBI; Klingfus, 1-for-2, RBI

Austin 0 2 0 3 2 1 0 — 8 9 4

Mayo 0 3 0 1 3 1 1 — 9 6 2

Austin pitching: Robert Wahlert (L), 2 2/3 IP, 0 H, 7 BB, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 K; Swatfager, 3 1/3 IP, 6 H, 4 BB, 5 ER, 3 K

Austin hitting: Tindal, 2-for-4, R; Yocom, 2-for-3, RBI, R; Ettinger, 1-for-3, 2 RBIs; Higbe, 1-for-3, 2 RBIs, R; Swatfager, 1-for-5, RBI; Klingfus, 1-for-3, R; Hines, 1-for-2, 2 R