Paluch throws no-hitter, Duhawks sweep Cornell
Mon, Apr. 11, 2011 - [Baseball]

The Loras College baseball team continued the Iowa Conference schedule this weekend in Mount Vernon, Iowa where they took on the Cornell College Rams. The Duhawks swept the series to move to 4-7 in the IIAC. Among the weekend wins were a no-hitter, a one-hitter, nine stolen bases, and a five-hit performance.

Game 1 - Loras 13, Cornell 0

The Duhawks bats came to life for 19 hits and 13 runs in the series opener in support of Loras starter Kevin Moriarty. The top four hitters in the order each had multi-hit games, including Austin Brown.

Brown went 5-for-5 with five singles, three runs scored, and two RBI on the night. Mike Pudlo added four hits, stole three bases, and also scored three times. Clay Henricksen and BJ Juergens each had two hits and two RBI.

Loras scored at least one run in four of the first five innings to take control and earn their second straight IIAC win after knocking off Coe in the second game of their midweek doubleheader.

Kevin Moriarty allowed only a leadoff single in the top of the fourth inning to the leadoff man Muir after working through the order without a hiccup in the first three innings. In total, Moriarty registered a season high eight strikeouts, no walks, and faced just 23 batters in the seven inning game. He lowered his ERA 1.22 points to 3.20 as a result. The win moved Moriarty to 2-2 on the year.

Each of the four innings that Rams starter Searls threw included leadoff hits. Cornell also committed five errors behind him.

Game 2 - Loras 2, Cornell 0

The Duhawks bats were considerably quieter in Saturday's opener, but it was Kendall Paluch's day to shine. Moriarty's nemesis from the day before, Charlie Muir, provided the opposition on the mound for Paluch, who entered the game with a Duhawks-best 2.16 ERA.

Paluch, a freshman from Joliet, Illinois threw Loras' first no-hitter since 1994 to start Saturday in a game that took just 88 minutes to complete. Paluch struck out six Rams and erased a scary first inning to cruise to the memorable win.

After a 1-2-3 top of the first inning for the Duhawks offense, a leadoff error by their defense immediately put Paluch under pressure. Paluch committed an error of his own as Cornell tried to bunt over leadoff man Matt Pfister. After strikeouts to the three and four hitters, Paluch added his only walk of the day to the already stressful inning to load the bases. He escaped with a pop out to third base to end the inning.

It would turn out to be the only inning in which a Ram would reach base.

Paluch followed with 18 straight outs after the pop-out to end the first inning to record the no-hitter. Over the final six innings, the outing included four more strikeouts, eight fly outs, and six ground outs.
"I give a lot of credit to the guys behind me for stepping up and playing outstanding defense," Paluch said after the series was over.
"I struck out six and had two come-backers, so the other 13 outs were all thanks to the defense." Paluch added. "I also think Kevin (Moriarty) deserves recognition for his one-hitter performance the previous day. To start off the series like that really set the tone."
Loras pushed across single runs in the third and fifth innings. More freshman did the damage for the Duhawks there. Eric DeSousa walked and eventually scored on a throwing error by the Rams infield. Mike Pudlo reached on a fielder's choice and was later driven home by an Austin Brown single to left field.
"Kendall got ahead all day and executed pitches with a purpose," pitching coach Dan Wellik said after the series. "Our whole staff has done a great job, especially this weekend, and they should all be commended for giving us an opportunity to win every game."

Game 3 - Loras 6, Cornell 3

Loras completed the sweep with a 6-3 win over the Rams in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader. Senior Cole Boge allowed just four hits over five innings and struck out three to earn the win on the mound.

Loras held a 2-0 lead after three and a half innings thanks to Calvin Rea homerun and a BJ Juergens sacrifice fly.

The Rams answered with a three-hit, two-out rally to push across two of their three runs of the weekend.

Loras pushed out starter Adam Butler with a two-out rally of their own that produced four runs on three hits and one Cornell error.

The Rams were then within three runs after they scored one run against the Duhawks bullpen. Spencer Radabaugh came in to add his fourth save of the year and close things out.

Brown's single in the third extended his current hitting streak to 12 games. He also has nine multi-hit games this year.