Thu, Apr. 7, 2011 - [Baseball]
The Loras College baseball team split their midweek doubleheader in Cedar Rapids with the Coe College Kohawks on Tuesday, dropping Game 1, 5-1 and winning Game 2, 6-5. Cole Boge won Game 2 out of the bullpen and Spencer Radabaugh earned his third save of 2011.
Game 1, Coe 5 - Loras 1
A tightly contested ball game to start the doubleheader on Tuesday began with an early unearned run by the host Kohawks in the bottom of the first. An error in left field with two outs allowed the game's first run in against Loras starter Ben Cottrell.
Cottrell settled in to retire eight straight Kohawks before the costly fifth inning.
Before then, Loras scored their lone run of the game when Clay Henricksen drove home Mike Pudlo to complete a brief two-out rally.
The Kohawks then broke the 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fifth inning in a big way. What started out as an attempt by Coe to play for one or two runs after a leadoff single quickly turned into a bigger inning with one swing of the bat. Nick Stein hit a grand slam to open up the game at 5-1.
The Duhawks were held to just one hit over the final two innings and fell to 0-7 in the IIAC
Game 2, Loras 6 - Coe 5
Game 2 began with multiple runs in each of the first two innings against Loras starter Kyler Laurie and setup one of the most important come-from-behind wins in recent Loras history.
The Kohawks plated five total runs (four earned) against Laurie on seven hits and one Loras error to jump out to the lead. The Duhawks had just one hit from Austin Brown to that point and things weren't looking up for the purple and gold.
Cole Boge settled in to throw four innings of shutout baseball and allow just two hits as Loras mounted their comeback, which came in the fourth inning.
The first five Duhawks to the plate reached base and the Kohawks were forced to go to the bullpen. Loras benefited from RBIs in the inning by Clay Henricksen, Jordan Ries, and BJ Juergens. When it was all said and done, the Duhawks were even with the Kohawks at 5-5.
Two innings later a walk to Clay Henricksen proved costly, as BJ Juergens drove home the insurance run with a triple to give the Duhawks a 6-5 lead they would hold.
Boge threw a perfect sixth and Spencer Radabaugh closed things out with a perfect ninth to earn his third save of the year and get the Duhawks into the win column in conference play.
Loras will be on the road this weekend in Mount Vernon when they take on the Cornell College Rams. Friday's game will begin at 6:00 PM and Saturday's doubleheader will start at 1:00 PM.