Thu, Apr. 12, 2012 - [Baseball]
Loras College head baseball coach Carl Tebon reached a milestone last week as the Duhawks swept the Fighting Scots of Monmouth College with 13-1 and 3-1 wins. Early this week the Duhawks went to Decorah for their final game of the season series with the Luther Norse. The hosts used a two-run ninth and walkoff hit to defeat the Duhawks, 8-7.
Game 1: Loras 13, Monmouth 1
The Duhawks scored 13 runs on 14 hits in Game 1 of the doubleheader against the Fighting Scots. Monmouth's starter was out after two innings and four runs against him, and the reliever gutted out five innings of nine earned runs against him as the Duhawks continued to pile on the runs.
With a 6-0 lead after the first three innings, Loras more than doubled their lead in the seventh inning to shorten the game which was slated for nine innings.
Billy Kass homered in the first inning and Jordan Ries did the same in the third to help Loras get out to the early lead.
In the seventh, Loras posted six straight hits to blow open the lead. They finished with seven runs on seven hits in the inning – including a Travis Olson homerun. The three homeruns was a season high for the Duhawks.
On the mound, Ben Cottrell went the distance for his second win of 2012. He allowed just five hits over seven innings and struck out six Scots. He walked only one hitter on his way to the win column.
Game 2: Loras 3, Monmouth 1
Game 2 offered a low-scoring affair that needed extra innings to decide. Will Petrosky got the start and allowed the one run to the Scots after a trio of walks in the fourth inning. He gave up just two hits in his 3.1 innings of work.
The Duhawks answered in the top of the fifth with the tying run. Joe Walker drove in Kyle Barton with a single to make it 1-1.
The seven inning game remained tied for the next 2.5 innings as Walker's hit proved enough to force extra innings.
A relatively quick eighth inning led to the Duhawks top of the ninth. A pair of two-out hits by Travis Olson and Billy Kass put the Duhawks up 3-1 and had reliever Donny Baran in line for the win.
Spencer Radabaugh came in the close things out for the Duhawks. The Scots managed a single and a walk in the inning, but Radabaugh struck out three in the inning to end the extra inning affair with the Duhawks completing the sweep, 3-1.
The win moved Loras' winning streak to four games. It was also win #400 in the coaching career for Carl Tebon. The Duhawk coach has won 344 games in charge of the Loras team, to go with his 56 wins in his three seasons with UW-River Falls.
Luther 8, Loras 7
On Wednesday, the Duhawks traveled to Decorah, Iowa to finish their regular season series with the Norse.
After three innings, the teams were knotted at two after a wild pitch allowed BJ Juergens in following his leadoff double in the second inning and an RBI single from Eric DeSousa in the third. The Norse answered with two runs in the bottom of the third in two hits and three walks.
Loras reclaimed the lead a half inning later with a two out rally. Jordan Ries started the push with a single and Danny Fahlgren, Eric DeSousa, and Joe Walker followed with hits of their own.
The Duhawks added three more runs to take a 7-3 lead after 5.5 innings, but the Norse would chip away in the late innings against the Loras bullpen and defense.
It was 7-5 after the sixth following a three-error inning by the Duhawks defense and one hit by the Norse.
The Norse were then within one run an inning later after another walk and hit by pitch before an RBI single from Ian Fitzgerald.
The Duhawks then managed just one hit over the eighth and ninth innings against Alec Knop.
The bottom of the ninth saw the Norse get hit by pitches from closer Spencer Radabaugh before Chris Reynolds doubled home each to end the game at 8-7.
The loss moved the Duhawks to 13-11 and 3-6 in the IIAC ahead of this weekend's series with Coe College.
Loras will host the Kohawks at Petrakis beginning on Friday with a nine inning game at 6:00 PM. Saturday's doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM. Following Saturday's contests the Duhawks and Kohawks will complete their season-long St. Baldrick's fundraising effort with the much anticipated head shaving. Capri College will be on hand with their clippers for the scalp makeovers for both teams and additional shavees.