Duhawks go 2-1 on opening weekend
Mon, Mar. 7, 2011 - [Baseball]

The Loras College baseball team opened their 2011 season in Jacksonville, Illinois over the weekend with a pair of wins over Carleton College and a loss to Augsburg College. Lenz Field in Jacksonville provided an artificial surface and chilly-but-manageable weather for a handful of teams after the HHH Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota was unable to host their annual college games following the collapse of the roof in December.

Loras, originally scheduled for a pair of doubleheaders, played three games on Sunday after one of two fields in Jacksonville was unplayable on Saturday. The Duhawks played a single game with the Auggies and a doubleheader with the Knights. Below is a recap of each game.

Augsburg 11, Loras 0 (8 Inn.)

The Duhawks and Auggies were scoreless after two innings, but Augsburg scored runs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings to claim a lead they wouldn't give up in the season opener for Loras.

Loras spread eight hits over eight innings and Calvin Rea went 3-for-3, but they were kept off the scoreboard by Auggie starter Bryant Nordby - who didn't give up a run in six innings of work. Duhawk starter Kyler Laurie faced just seven hitters through the first two innings before two hits and a walk to start the third got the Augsburg offense on the scoreboard. They scored two runs in the innings as Laurie worked back to strikeout Tom Petersen with two more runners on base. Augsburg scored four runs in the fourth and one run in the fifth to open a 7-0 lead.

Cole Boge and Eric Rife added two innings of work apiece on the mound for Loras, allowing five runs. The Duhawks staff struck out 11 batters on the day.

Mike Canevello, Kyle Barton, BJ Juergens, Joe Walker, and Spencer Radabaugh added hits for the Duhawks.

Loras 5, Carleton 3

Game one against Carleton provided the most entertaining game of the day with a come-from-behind win over the Knights in Loras' final half inning at bat.

Loras scored first on an Austin Brown single to score Kyle Barton in the top of the first inning. Carleton answered with three runs in the first two innings off Kevin Moriarty. Moriarty settled into four innings of work total, striking out three and walking one.

Innings 3-6 were scoreless for both teams before the Duhawks busted out for their highest scoring inning of the weekend.

Travis Olson and Clay Henricksen sandwiched hits around a Mike Canevello strikeout to start the inning. Joe Walker knocked in Travis Olson's pinch runner Mark Jablonski with a single down the left field line to make it 3-2. The rally continued after two outs when Kyle Barton's productive groundout moved Henricksen and Walker, the tying and go-ahead runs, into scoring position. Calvin Rea answered the call with a hard hit single up the middle to score both runs and moved into scoring position with a bobbled ball in center field. The Duhawks added an insurance run with a BJ Juergens single.

Kendall Paluch (pictured above) threw three scoreless innings in relief of Moriarty, allowing just two hits and striking out four. Three of those strikeouts came in his first inning of work as a Duhawk when he struck out the side in the fifth. Paluch ended the game when he fielded a ground ball and tossed to first to seal the come-from-behind victory - Loras' first of the season.

Loras 8, Carleton 2

The Knights opened up an early 2-0 lead before the Duhawks ran off eight straight runs over the final five innings, scoring at least one run in four of them.

Jeremy Gerardy gave up two early runs on three hits but settled in to earn his first win as a Duhawk. He finished with four innings, five hits, two runs, two strikeouts, and no walks. Ben Cottrell, Nick Battalini, and Spencer Radabaugh combined to throw three scoreless innings in relief.

Offensively, BJ Juergens went 3-for-4 and scored a run. Multiple RBI games came from Clay Henricksen (1-for-4, 2 RBI), and Mike Pudlo (1-for-3, 2 RBI). Pudlo singled home two in the second inning to give the Duhawks the lead and Henricksen doubled home two in the fourth.

Kyle Barton, Mike Canevello, and Eric DeSousa each scored a run and had one RBI.

The Duhawks also played error-free defense in the third game of the day.

Loras now takes a short break before heading to central Florida for their annual spring trip. Loras will play eight games in six days from March 16-21. A mix of live stats and audio streams of the games will be available at the GameCentral tab at duhawks.com.