Duhawks are 3-2 in their last five games, all at Petrakis Park
Thu, Apr. 5, 2012 - [Baseball]

The Loras College baseball team is now 3-5 in Iowa Conference play after their first two weekend series' with Simpson and Central and a midweek doubleheader with Luther. Over the weekend, Loras won one of three games over visiting Central College. On Tuesday, they swept a doubleheader from the Luther College Norse at Petrakis Park.

 

Central 5, Loras 0

Loras 10, Central 3

Central 4, Loras 3

 

In Friday night's nine inning contest, Central starter Joel Pulliam had the Duhawks off balance throughout. Travis Olson managed two hits and Jordan Ries and Clay Henricksen each had one against Pulliam, but that was it for the Duhawks offense. Pulliam went the distance and struck out 12 Loras batters on his way to the win.

 

In support of the Dutch starter, Central scored one run in the first inning, two in the fifth, and one in the sixth for the 5-0 victory.

 

Ben Cottrell started for Loras and gave up seven hits over seven innings of work. He struck out four and gave up all five runs to the visitors. He slipped to 1-3 with the loss.

  

Game 1 on Saturday provided an entertaining seven innings of baseball as the Duhawks prevailed with a late rally.

 

Central again scored in the top of the first inning – this time twice – but Loras answered with three runs of their own this time around. They didn't record a hit, but maximized the damage done by a pair of Central errors. The middle infielders provided the miscues and the Duhawks used the first error, a walk, and a hit by pitch to score Mike Canevello, Billy Kass, and Travis Olson.

 

The score would remain 3-2 Loras for the next 4.5 innings while starting pitchers Will Petrosky and Ryan Goetzinger battled on the mound.

 

In the bottom of the sixth, the Duhawks again capitalized on Dutch errors, adding four hits to the mix on their way to seven runs as they batted around the order. RBI hits came from Eric DeSousa, Clay Henricksen, and Bill Kass. Kass' effort was a grand slam late in the inning to left field that opened up the largest lead of the weekend for the Duhawks, 10-2.

 

The Dutch would add one run in their half of the seventh inning, but took their first IIAC loss of the season.

 

The finale of the series was closely contested throughout.

 

For the third straight game, Central opened the scoring in the top of the first inning. This time a leadoff walk was aboard for the third hitter in the Dutch order, Mike Furlong. Furlong homered to left field to open the scoring.

 

Loras responded with a three-hit bottom of the first, but pushed across just one run to cut the visitor's lead in half.

 

Two innings later, the Duhawks tied the game after a leadoff walk to Mike Canevello provided the tying run. Travis Olson moved him along with a hit and Kass put a ball in play that would eventually score the right fielder after an error by the third baseman.

 

Loras held a brief 3-2 lead an inning later. DeSousa led off with a double and Joe Walker sacrificed him to third with a bunt. Canevello offered a sacrifice fly left to give Loras their lead.

 

It was short-lived, however, as the Dutch would answer with a pair of runs on three hits in the next half inning. A leadoff double, stolen base, and sacrifice fly quickly had the game tied and the Duhawks went to the bullpen. Starter Austin Safranski went 4.1 innings and allowed the first three runs to Central. Donny Baran would take the loss as the top of the Central order produced the winning run after the Loras hurler walked the first batter he faced. That player stole second and was driven home by the next batter, who singled to drive home the winning run.

 

Loras threatened briefly in the sixth, but a strike-em-out-throw-em-out ended that threat.

 

The Dutch, who remain atop the IIAC, took the series 2-1.

   

Game 1, Loras 6, Luther 1

 

Game 2, Loras 6, Luther 4

 

In Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader with Luther, Loras starter Miles Canady earned his first win as a Duhawk – allowing just four hits over his seven innings of work. The visitors lone run was unearned and came in the top of the first inning. Leadoff man Chris Reynolds reached on an error, stole second, reached third on a wild pitch, and was later driven home on a single.

 

After that, the Norse would manage just three more hits over the next six innings against Canady while he waited for the Loras offense to come to life in the fifth inning.

PHOTO COURTESY: Jim Naprstek

 

Loras scored all six of their runs on five hits and one Central error, leaving the bases loaded in the fifth inning. The two biggest hits of the inning came from Mike Canevello on a double that scored two runs and an RBI single from Mike Pudlo.

 

Eric DeSousa, Jordan Ries, Joe Walker, Clay Henricksen, Billy Kass, and Canevello each reached base and scored in the inning.

 

Canady wouldn't allow a hit over the final two innings of offense for the Norse. He improved to 1-0 with the complete game win.

  

Game 2 again saw the Duhawks give up a run in the top of the first inning, and for the second straight game they posted six runs.

 

Loras answered in the bottom of the inning, taking a 2-1 lead after some defensive mistakes by the Norse and a two-out single from BJ Juergens.

 

Luther would tie the game in the third inning off of starter Adam Schwoebel and take a brief 3-2 lead in the fifth before Loras again returned to the dugout with a counterpunch. Billy Kass singled home Joe Walker and Travis Olson doubled home Henricksen. The third run of the inning came from a safety squeeze bunt by Mike Pudlo to get the speedy Kass in from third base.

 

The 5-3 lead lasted just a bit longer, as Luther started the next half inning with a pair of singles. Spencer Radabaugh would enter to get a sacrifice bunt and two strikeouts – but not before an RBI single made it a one run game at 5-4.

 

Canevello offered up an insurance RBI double after Jordan Ries started the Loras 6thwith a walk.

 

One Norse hitter would reach base in the seventh, but a pair of fly outs to Kass in center and a strikeout to end the game gave Radabaugh his third save of the year, moving the Duhawks to 3-5 in the IIAC.

 

Loras will play a non-conference doubleheader at Monmouth on Thursday before the Easter break. When they return, the team will be in Decorah on April 11 to finish the regular season series with Luther.