Duhawks sweep Rams, back in IIAC Tournament picture
Mon, Apr. 19, 2010 - [Baseball]

Game 1 (Friday) Loras 13 - Cornell 3

The Duhawks set the tone for the series with a 13-3 win on Friday night in the series opener. Cornell scored twice in the top of the first and once in the top of the fourth against Duhawks starter Cole Boge. Boge threw seven of the eight innings, walking just one and striking out six Rams.

Loras answered the quick two runs by the Rams right away with five runs of their own to calm the vibe at Petrakis Park. Clay Henricksen and Austin Brown each had one of their three total hits in the first inning, and three other Duhawks had two hits apiece on the night.

The Duhawks stayed active on the offensive side throughout the double-digit win, posting multiple runs in the first, third, fifth, and seventh innings. They also posted their first error-free game since March 22.

Henricksen, Brown, and Calvin Rea each knocked in two teammates and Derek Bergan led the way with three runs scored.

Game 2 (Saturday DH Gm. 1) Loras 10 - Cornell 0

The Loras coaching staff handed Kevin Moriarty the ball to start the second game of the series and first of Saturday's doubleheader at Petrakis Park, and Moriarty took care of the rest. In six innings of work, the junior righty scattered seven hits and struck out four Rams on the way to his second win of the 2010 campaign.

The offense was off and running early again on Saturday. In the bottom of the first the Cornell defense committed an error and starter Charlie Muir walked a batter and plunked another, setting up the game's first runs. Left fielder Calvin Rea stepped to the plate and went to the opposite field for his third homerun of 2010 and first grand slam as a Duhawk to put the purple and gold on top 4-0. Derek Bergan and Ben Kuebel singled home two more runs to make it 6-0 Loras after one inning.

The Duhawks would add two more runs in the fourth and sixth innings to make it 10-0 and a winner out of Moriarty. The team scored their 10 runs on 11 hits. The 3-4 hitters - John Schroeder and Calvin Rea went 5-for-10 and scored four of the ten runs. Kevin Jachim drove in a career high three teammates.

Game 3 (Saturday DH Gm. 2) Loras 7 - Cornell 6

The closest of the three games over the weekend was the final one - a matchup that saw starter Kyler Laurie overcome giving up three early runs and reliever Spencer Radabaugh earn his first save as a Duhawk.

A three hit top of the first inning and a walk added up to an early 3-0 lead for the visitors. But the Duhawks quickly answered with two runs of their own and had claimed the lead after two innings, 4-3. The pair of two-hit, two-run innings included a two-out rally in the second, capped by Rea's 2 RBI single that scored Henricksen and Jordan Ries. A single run in the third and two more in the fourth had the Duhawks ahead 7-4 and on the verge of a mostly stress-free sweep. Cornell first baseman Ryan Clausen singled home the visitors' fifth and sixth runs in the fifth inning of the seven inning game to make things interesting against reliever Nick Panvino. Panvino got a fly ball to end the inning and Radabaugh moved from third base to the mound to close the door on the Rams and end the series with a leadoff walk and three quick outs.

Radabaugh earned the save and Loras jumped into sixth place (5-7) in the IIAC heading into next weekend's road series with the league leading Buena Vista Beavers in Storm Lake. Loras will travel to Augustana on Tuesday night to play the Vikings in Rock Island and conclude Game 2 of their doubleheader against Monmouth from March 30 on the same day. Loras trails 6-4 in the top of the fifth inning.