Mon, Mar. 19, 2012 - [Baseball]
The Duhawks left their annual early season trip to Florida on a six game winning streak. With a 6-2 record in tow, the team headed to Minneapolis, Minnesota this weekend for a four-game, two-day series with the Concordia-Moorhead Cobbers. The teams split the weekend, moving the Duhawks' record to 8-4 ahead of the beginning of outdoor baseball in the Midwest.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Game 1: CM 2, LOR 1
The Cobbers' Zach Frappier outdueled Ben Cottrell in the first game of the weekend to end the Duhawks' six game winning streak.
Scoreless after 4.5 innings, the Cobbers manufactured their first run after a leadoff walk and sacrifice bunt to get their first run into scoring position. A two-out single put them up 1-0 after five innings.
They then used a leadoff double in the sixth inning to move ahead 2-0. A double play cleared the bases, but Concordia's Brad Olson crossed the plate.
Loras' seventh inning rally was off to a good start. Clay Henricksen singled and Kyle Barton walked to start the inning. Billy Kass sacrificed the two up to second and third with one out. Travis Olson then grounded out to the right side to score pinch-runner Joe Walker and move Barton to third with two outs. Alex Rodriguez then drew a walk, bringing up Eric DeSousa. DeSousa's efforts to tie the game fell short with a groundout to the second baseman to end the game.
Game 2: LOR 4, CM 2
The Duhawks scored single runs in the second, third, fourth, and sixth inning to get past the Cobbers in Game 2. Loras capitalized on three Concordia errors – beginning with the one that led to DeSousa scoring the Duhawks' run in the second inning on a Kyle Barton RBI single.
In the third, it was the shortstop for the Cobbers who extended Mike Canevello's time as a runner with a poor throw. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Travis Olson put a ball in play that resulted in a double play, but scored Canevello.
Mike Pudlo then drove in DeSousa with a two-out double in the fourth inning to make it 3-0 Loras.
Concordia managed two runs in the next half inning after a triple by Brian Guler plated one run and he was later driven home on a groundout.
The Duhawks would add an insurance run – again unearned – when Jordan Ries crossed the plate after a one out hit and some fielding mistakes by the Cobbers.
After entering to get the final two outs of the sixth inning, Spencer Radabaugh closed out the seventh inning of the 4-2 game with three straight strikeouts.
Radabaugh came on in relief of freshman lefty Will Petrosky, who threw 5.1 innings. Petrosky walked one and struck three on his way to his first win as a Duhawk. Radabaugh's save was the second of the season and tenth career – the program record which grows with every save he logs.
Saturday, March 17
Game 1: CM 4, LOR 3 (8 Innings)
The two teams were back out on the Metrodome turf of Mall of America Field early Saturday for the final two games of the series. The 7:00 am contest provided early runs despite the early start time and late runs as the
Loras plated two runs in the top of the first as the guests on the scoreboard. Clay Henricksen and Billy Kass provided the RBIs in support of starting pitcher Miles Canady.
Canady allowed one run on two hits in the next inning, and the Duhawks were in front early, 2-1.
In the bottom of the second, the home team was up 3-2 after a sloppy inning by the Duhawks that included a hit by pitch and a throwing error, leading to two unearned runs by Concordia. Canady would settle in and give up just two more hits over the next three innings of work, but left trailing, 3-2.
The Duhawks were looking for the tying run to extend the game in the top of the seventh inning and found it in Joe Walker. Walker was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, and then to third on a wild pitch. Mike Canevello drove him home with a single to knot things up at 3-3.
Jeremy Gerardy worked out of a bit of trouble in the bottom of the seventh after issuing a leadoff walk, and the teams headed to extra innings.
Loras' eighth inning ended without the ball leaving the infield and the Cobbers used a Brad Olson double to start the inning to score the winning run. Gerardy answered with back-to-back strikeouts to make things interesting, but catcher Jan-Erik Lindberg singled home Olson to give the home team the walk-off win.
Game 2: LOR 11, CM 2
For the second straight day the Duhawks would bounce back with a win for a freshman pitcher. This time it was Adam Schwoebel who moved to 2-0. Schwoebel allowed two earned runs on four hits in five innings to return to the win column in his second start as a Duhawk. He walked just one and struck out five.
The Duhawks again jumped out to an early lead, and this time they would continue to score runs over the seven inning affair.
In the first, Loras used a walk, a hit, and two Cobbers errors to take a 3-0 lead. Canevello, Henricksen, and Kass scored.
Concordia followed up by scoring two runs on three hits in the next half inning, but Loras responded with two runs on three hits of their own to make it 5-2 after two innings.
Things settled down over the middle innings for Schwoebel and the Duhawks defense. The offense added another Canevello run in the fourth after a leadoff single.
The big inning of the weekend was the Loras half of the sixth.
The Duhawks posted five straight hits to start the inning, hitting for the team cycle in the process. Kyle Barton doubled and was sent home on a Mike Pudlo triple. Then Canevello and Henricksen singled to setup Billy Kass. Kass hit his second homerun of the season to left center field to make it 11-2 Duhawks.
Donny Baran and Spencer Radabaugh each threw one inning of scoreless relief.
The weekend split put the Duhawks at 8-4 ahead of their return to the outdoor fields of the Midwest this week.
Loras will play at UW-Platteville in a nine inning game at 4:00 PM Tuesday and be on the road to start the Iowa Conference schedule on Friday and Saturday at Simpson College.