Thu, Apr. 14, 2011 - [Baseball]
Loras 10, Coe 4
The Loras College baseball team moved to within two games of .500 on Wednesday night and took the rubber match of the 2011 weekday series against Coe College with a 10-4 victory over the Kohawks at Petrakis Park.
The teams combined for three hits but no runs after one inning before the scoring picked up early and often from the second through the seventh innings.
Coe opened the scoring in the second, touching up Moriarty for the only runs he'd give up in his five innings. Those runs came from a two-RBI triple to the left center field gap by second baseman Scott DeAngelis.
Loras answered with a single run in the bottom half of the inning to cut the lead in half. After a leadoff single by Kyle Soeder, two walks loaded the bases for right fielder Mark Jablonski. Jablonski grounded a ball to short that allowed Soeder to hustle home but forced out Eric DeSousa at second. Loras left the bases loaded after another walk was issued by Coe starter Wade Morris, but Clay Henricksen and Austin Brown couldn't drive in any more Duhawks.
The hosts then scored nine additional runs in three different three-run spurts in the third, fourth, and sixth innings to pull away from the Kohawks - all against the bullpen.
Three hits, a walk, and productive outs by DeSousa and Jablonski scored BJ Juergens, Calvin Rea, and Kyle Soeder in the third inning. Then in the fourth, a two-out rally aided by a costly error on Coe's third baseman and two walks, led to three more runs. Joe Walked added an RBI single in that inning.
In the sixth inning the Duhawks capitalized on two more Coe errors against the new pitcher Brenden Drahn. DeSousa provided two more RBI during this trip through the batting order while Calvin Rea scored his third run of the game and Soeder his fourth.
Juergens, Rea, Soeder and Walker accounted for all 10 of Loras' runs.
The Kohawks pushed across single runs in the sixth and seventh against the Loras bullpen before Cole Boge and Spencer Radabaugh wrapped things up in the eighth and ninth.
Loras starter Kevin Moriarty went five innings, giving up just two runs on five hits, walking one and striking out two to earn the win.
Austin Brown, who was named the IIAC's Baseball Position Player of the Week for the week ending April 10, extended his hitting streak to 13 games to match his jersey number. He tied the school record for hits in a single game with five against Cornell last week and has hit safely in every game since the Duhawks returned from their Florida trip.
Loras' team ERA is one of three in the league under 4.00 and they have now eclipsed 200 hits a team this year. They currently lead the IIAC in walks and are second in stolen bases.
Next up for the purple and gold is a weekend series with Luther College (15-8, 5-4) in Decorah. The Duhawks will continue their "road warrior" ways until April 29 when they return to Petrakis Park for their eight game home stand to close the 2011 regular season.
Mixed in the road trip next week is a game at Alexian Field in Schaumburg, Illinois that will include a post-game alumni event at Fox & Hound.