Wed, Apr. 18, 2012 - [Baseball]
The series with Coe College at Petrakis Park lived up to the hype last weekend, providing 43 runs, multiple homeruns, and at its conclusion the head shaving BaseBALD event in support of St. Baldrick's Foundation. The Kohawks won two of the three games. Loras won the finale on the heels of a 6 RBI output from Duhawk center fielder Billy Kass.
The Duhawks and Kohawks were immersed in a closely contested Game 1 of the series after seven of the first nine innings of the weekend's longest game on Friday night. The Kohawks held a 6-5 lead at that point, but the visitors exploded in the top of the seventh.
After Miles Canady went five innings and Adam Schwoebel allowed single runs in the sixth and seventh, the Kohawk bats came to life in the eighth with six straight hits to start the inning. By the time the eighth was over, the guests had scored six runs on seven hits. They would go on to add three more in the ninth to open up the convincing lead and go on to a 15-6 win.
Billy Kass and Jordan Ries each went 3-for-5 with a homerun and two knocked in.
Game 1 on Saturday was another closely contested game throughout. This time the Duhawks held a late 3-1 lead before a four-run sixth inning.
Coe and Loras each scored once in the second inning. A BJ Juergens leadoff double preceded a Jordan Ries RBI single for Loras' first run.
The bottom of the order produced the go-ahead runs for Loras in the bottom of the fifth inning. Eric DeSousa each reached before a failed pickoff attempt of DeSousa at second gave Loras the lead. Walker was home one batter later when Canevello grounded out to the right side.
The lead was short-lived, however, as the Kohawks had a big inning waiting in the top of the sixth.
Will Petrosky hit the first batter he faced in the inning, gave up a double, and struck out a batter before being lifted for closer Spencer Radabaugh. Radabaugh plunked the second and third Kohawks of the inning to help the guests score three more runs in the inning with just two hits. Coe would add another run in the seventh as the Duhawks bats were held in check by the bullpen.
The series finale would have the Duhawks back in the win column and happy for the ensuing head shaving event.
Loras took control early, forcing the Kohawks starter from the game after just one third of an inning in the bottom of the first. Loras posted five runs in the first and added two runs in the second and third to build their lead.
Billy Kass homered in the first inning and the third inning to set the tone offensively. The long ball efforts were his IIAC leading sixth and seventh of the season. Eric DeSousa and Joe Walker were again productive from the bottom of the order, each going 2-for-3. Clay Henricksen scored three of Loras' nine runs.
Ben Cottrell was the winning pitcher, throwing five innings. He allowed five hits, four runs (three earned) and struck out two Kohawks on the way to his third win of 2012. Jeremy Gerardy allowed just one hit in two innings of relief.
Following the doubleheader, Loras and Coe put the cherry on top of their BaseBALD fundraising efforts for the St. Baldrick's Foundation. Over 75 players, coaches, staff members, and guests were in the hair-cutting chairs setup behind home plate to have their heads shaved in the name of childhood cancer research. Capri College provided the lady-power and equipment to execute the event, which lasted about 45 minutes.
Headlining the list of shavees was eight year old Dubuquer Rita Jones, who led all participants with nearly $2,000 raised on her own. Jones was the first to sit in a chair, joined by her father shortly after.
Coaches and staff members from Loras College followed, and then players from each team took their turns in the chairs.
With some donations still yet to be turned in to St. Baldrick's, Loras and Coe combined to raise over $10,000 for the cancer research charity. Loras and Coe originally set out to raise $4,000.
Loras 2, Augustana 1
On Tuesday, the Duhawks made their annual trip to the Quad Cities to play the Augustana Vikings. The nine inning contest was a low-scoring affair.
Starters Adam Schwoebel and Kevin Hodgman were dueling throughout the first six innings. In the top of the seventh, Travis Olson singled and was bunted into scoring position by Mike Pudlo. He moved to third base on a groundout and was driven in by Joe Walker to give the Duhawks a 1-0 lead.
Austin Safranski entered in the seventh to face the middle of the Vikings order and a pair of hits and a wild pitch had things evened up and 1-1. Safranski wouldn't allow another hit following the RBI double by the Vikings. It was the only extra base hit of the game for either team.
In the top of the ninth, the Duhawks capitalized on a pair of Augustana errors to get Joe Walker all the way around to take a 2-1 lead. The second baseman reached on his second single of the game after there were two outs in the inning.
Spencer Radabaugh closed things out by getting each of the three Vikings he faced in order, including two strikeouts.
Loras now sits at 15-13 overall and 4-8 in the IIAC ahead of this weekend's road series with Wartburg College.