Thu, Mar. 1, 2012 - [Baseball]
The Loras College baseball team earned a come-from-behind and dramatic win on Thursday in extra innings over Rose-Hulman after a pair of losses on Wednesday to Augustana.
Game 1 vs. Augustana
The Augustana Vikings capitalized on defensive miscues in the bottom of the third inning to open up a 4-0 lead. The Duhawks bounced back quickly with a pair of runs to cut the lead in half. The Vikings opened a 9-2 lead after 5.5 innings and Loras had their work cut out for them but set the tone for early in the trip with a late push.
The Duhawks pushed across one run in the bottom of the sixth inning and two more in the bottom of the seventh in a rally starter Mike Trotta, but the Rock Island squad prevailed 9-5.
Individually, BJ Juergens and Travis Olson logged multi-hit games and the top two spots in the order – Mike Canevello and Clay Henricksen – scored four of Loras' five runs.
Ben Cottrell took the loss on the mound after giving up five runs (just one earned) in four innings of work. Jake Norton conceded the other four runs in two innings of relief.
Game 2 vs. Augustana
In Game 2, the Duhawks battled to another loss, this time in a low-scoring affair.
An unearned run crossed the plate for the Vikings in the bottom of the first and the Duhawks supported starter Will Petrosky with a tying run in the top of the third with a Travis Olson single that scored Henricksen.
In the bottom of the fifth, Augustana scored the decisive two runs of the game against Loras' freshman starter from Hanover Park, Illinois. Two hits, a walk, and a sacrifice fly led to two runs.
Loras posted six hits in the loss, including two each from Billy Kass and Alex Rodriguez.
Loras 7, Rose-Hulman 6 (15 Inns.)
Back on the field for a single nine inning game against Rose-Hulman on Thursday, the Duhawks had no idea they were in for more innings against the Engineers in one game than they played against the Vikings the day before.
As the home team on the scoreboard, the Duhawks and starting pitcher Miles Canady fell behind on a single unearned run in the top of the first and conceded another single run in the second on back-to-back doubles to start the inning.
Canady would finish his day after going 5+ innings and allowing all six of the Engineers' runs. Loras pushed across one run in the bottom of the fourth in support of him when BJ Juergens crossed the plate from third base on a double play ball that Rose-Hulman complete.
Things started to get interesting in the bottom of the sixth as the Duhawks chipped away at the 5-run deficit and got to the Engineers' bullpen. Eric DeSousa drove home Travis Olson and Billy Kass with a single to the right side and the comeback was underway.
As Jeremy Gerardy calmed down the visitors' bats, the offense continued to stay on track.
In the eighth inning, Alex Rodriguez drove home Billy Kass and Rodriguez would come around to score on an error by Rose-Hulman later in the inning to make it 6-5.
In the ninth, the Engineers brought in their closer Hank Award from center field to the mound. Henricksen and Juergens made two quick outs the comeback seemed as if it would fall short. With a 2-2 count center fielder Billy Kass brought the Duhawks dugout and loyal Florida following to life with a 385-foot homerun to left center to tie the game at 6-6.
With two runners in scoring position the Duhawks turned to closer Spencer Radabaugh to get out of a jam. Radabaugh promptly halted their rally with a strikeout and a grounder back to him in the mound and the marathon 15-inning game was well underway. Radabaugh would go on to pitch 4.2 innings of shutout baseball (after Gerard's 4.1 innings of the same) and put the Duhawks in position to win.
The teams would combine for just three hits until the bottom of the 15th, with some base runners reaching for both teams and threatening at different points in the extra innings.
In the bottom of the 15th, the Duhawks made two quick outs and setup another two-out rally.
Rodriguez drew a walk and DeSousa singled down the line for a first-and-third scenario. Nick Battalion was then hit by a pitch to load the bases for shortstop Mike Pudlo. Down in the count 1-2, Pudlo connected a single over a newly inserted relief pitcher's head for the game-winning walk off single to score Rodriguez and start the celebration.
Loras was in the win column for the first time – thanks in large part to the nine innings of scoreless relief by Gerardy and Radabaugh.
Donny Baran earned the win after relieving Radabaugh in the top of the 15th.
The Duhawks are back at Winter Haven on Friday for a single nine inning game with Milwaukee School of Engineering. Live stats will be available HERE.