Loras takes series over Buena Vista
Mon, May. 2, 2011 - [Baseball]

The Loras College baseball team hosted Buena Vista this weekend in a three game series and took the series 2-1 after a 5-4 win in extra innings in Game 1, dropping the second game in a close 2-0 pitchers duel, and an 11-1 blowout victory in the rubber match on Saturday.

Game 1 - Loras 5, Buena Vista 4, 10 Innings

In the first game of Friday's doubleheader, Loras was off to a quick start in the first inning thanks to a single by leadoff hitter Mike Pudlo who advanced all the around to third after an error by the Buena Vista pitcher. Mike Canevello was able to knock Pudlo in after grounding out to the second baseman. Austin Brown followed up by reaching on an error and moved to second after a BJ Juergens single. A Kyle Soeder fielder's choice advanced Brown to third and he scored on an error while Buena Vista tried turning a double play. 

Buena Vista responded quickly with a Joe Paletta homerun to lead off the second inning, cutting the Loras lead to 2-1.

Three straight singles by Juergens, Soeder, and Calvin Rea in the top of the third pushed Juergens across to put the Duhawks ahead 3-1.

Looking to extend his hitting streak to 20 games, Austin Brown did just that thanks to a solo homerun in the fourth inning giving Loras a three run lead.

Buena Vista once again answered with another solo homerun, this time by Iowa Conference homerun leader Kevin Kloewer - his ninth of the season in the top half of the fifth. The Beavers continued their ways of scoring via homeruns in the sixth inning after a two run shot by Tyler Case, tying the game at 4 runs apiece.

Stellar work by both teams' bullpens pushed the game into extra innings where it was decided in the tenth. After a leadoff walk by Juergens, Soeder moved the junior into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt. Rea took care of the rest on a single that allowed Juergens to score on a head first slide on a close play at the plate and give Loras the 5-4 victory.

Spencer Radabaugh picked up the win after pitching 4.2 innings in relief of starter Kevin Moriarty. Radabaugh gave up just three hits to go with his seven strikeouts.

Game 2 - Buena Vista 2, Loras 0

The second game of Friday's doubleheader was dominated by pitching. Loras starter Cole Boge went five innings allowing just one run but it wasn't enough as the Duhawks couldn't get anything going at the plate.

Buena Vista picked up their second run of the game in the top of the sixth on a Kevin Kloewer homerun, and the game ended at that 2-0 score in favor of the Beavers.

Buena Vista starter Reggie Kock went all seven innings allowing just one hit on a sixth inning single to Mike Canevello.

Senior Austin Brown reached base twice, drawing two walks but was unable to extend his 20 game hitting streak, striking out in his only official at bat of the game.

Game 3 - Loras 11, Buena Vista 1

The Duhawks got their mojo back at the plate in Saturday's game. It was scoreless until the bottom of the third when Mike Pudlo scored on an Austin Brown double to left. BJ Juergens followed suit with a double of his own to score Brown and give Loras a 2-0 lead.

Buena Vista responded the same way they had been all series, with a solo homerun, this time by Andy Compton in the top of the fourth. That would prove to be the only run for the Beavers as Ben Cottrell and reliever Eric Rife held them in check.

In the bottom half of the fifth inning, Kyle Soeder hit a three run homerun to left center, his second of the season, to give the Duhawks a 5-1 advantage.

Loras added to their lead in the bottom half of the sixth as Pudlo and Mike Canevello set the table once again. Brown knocked Pudlo in on a single to right and Juergens did the same, allowing Canevello to score. Soeder added to his RBI total with a double to right center, scoring Brown and Juergens, and stretching the Loras lead to 9-1.

The Duhawks were right back at it in the bottom of the eighth with Canevello drawing a walk and Brown hitting single to left. After Canevello stole third and Brown stole second, Canevello scored on a passed ball that also pushed Brown up to third. Calvin Rea reached on an error by the third baseman, allowing Brown to score. The Dyersville native's run gave the Duhawks a ten run lead, ending the game.

Ben Cottrell improved his record to 3-1, pitching seven innings and allowing just seven hits and one run, along with seven strikeouts. Rife pitched a perfect eighth inning in relief.

The Duhawks were able to get back to a .500 record on the season with Saturday's victory, standing at 17-17 and 8-11 in the Iowa Conference. Loras hosts University of Dubuque Tuesday, May 3 for a doubleheader starting at 3:30 pm at Petrakis Park as they look to improve their league record and earn a spot in the Iowa Conference Tournament.