Rea, Clay lead the way in home opener
Clay Henricksen went 4-for-4 on Wednesday
Clay Henricksen went 4-for-4 on Wednesday
Wed, Mar. 24, 2010 - [Baseball]

The Loras College baseball team upped their record to 5-4 on Wednesday with a convincing 16-7 win over the Rockford Regents at Petrakis Park. The home opener of 2010 was a chilly one, but it provided a bunch of early runs to keep the loyal fans interested and entertained.

Rockford scored three quick runs in the top of the first inning when their first three hitters reached base and shortstop Jimmy Dercks added a 2 RBI single. The lead was short-lived for the guests, as the Duhawks answered with six runs of their own in forcing Rockford starter Ben Korth out of the game without recording an out.

The biggest half inning of the night started with a hit-by-pitch, double, and error. Calvin Rea came up with John Schroeder on second and promptly sent the first homerun at Petrakis Park of the 2010 season over the left center field fence. A quick top of the second inning had the Duhawks back in the dugout quickly and ready to swing the hot bats again.

After a trip through the entire lineup in the first inning, Loras' Mike Canevello started a string of three straight singles and Calvin Rea drove in two of those Duhawks with a double down the left field line for his third and fourth RBI of the first two innings. John Schroeder would score on a sacrifice fly by BJ Juergens and Rea made his way home on a passed ball to complete the scoring in the second.

The Duhawks controlled the remainder of the nine inning tilt. They finished with 16 runs on 14 hits and Loras starter Nick Panvino settled in to throw five innings, giving up four earned runs and striking out two and walking none. Panvino, a freshman, won his first game in a Loras uniform as a result. Rea finished 3-for-4, a triple shy of the cycle, scored twice, and drove in four. Clay Henricksen was an equally impressive 4-for-4 with four runs scored and two RBI. Eric Rife, Josh Kwasny, and Greg Farrey only conceded three hits and didn't give up an earned run in their four innings of relief.

The Duhawks will stay in Dubuque to open the 2010 Iowa Conference season with a weekend series against the Coe College Kohawks. The teams will play a single nine inning game on Friday night at 6:00 PM and follow with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 PM. Friday's game will include a live audio feed available at duhawks.com.