Wed, Apr. 25, 2012 - [Baseball]
The Loras College baseball team took the series finale in Waverly over the weekend and added two big wins over Dubuque on Tuesday to move to 18-15 overall and 7-10 in the Iowa Conference.
Wartburg 9, Loras 2
Game one of the weekend series with the Wartburg Knights saw the hosts jump out to an early 7-0 lead after three innings. The hosts forced starter Miles Canady from the game after just 2.2 innings of work. Three of the seven runs he allowed were earned. The bullpen would allow two more runs. Wartburg posted 13 hits on the night.
Offensively, the top of the order produced two runs in the top of the seventh inning. Billy Kass and Clay Henricksen were on base for the Duhawks when BJ Juergens doubled to left field to drive them both in.
Wartburg 8, Loras 4
Game two of the series and one of the Saturday doubleheader also went to the hosts, 8-4.
The Duhawks jumped in front 4-0 with a three-run first inning and added another run in the second. Travis Olson cleared the bases with a double to score Mike Canevello, Billy Kass, and Clay Henricksen. Joe Walker doubled in the second inning and scored on an error in the Wartburg infield for Loras' fourth – and what would turn out to be final – run of the game.
The Knights used a big five-run third inning to claim the lead against starting pitcher Will Petrosky. Petrosky walked two batters, hit another, allowed two hits, and was hurt by one error in the inning. When it was over, the hosts were up by one run. They would add three more against reliever Jeremy Gerardy in the fifth inning to close the scoring.
The loss put the Duhawks at 4-10 in the Iowa Conference.
Loras 5, Wartburg 1
The series finale was an impressive one for starter Ben Cottrell, who played the role of ‘stopper' for the pitching staff. His effort put the Duhawks back at .500 overall and up to 5-10 in the IIAC.
Cottrell's line included a complete game seven inning win and eight strikeouts. He didn't walk a batter, hit one, or throw a wild pitch in earning his team leading fourth win of 2012. The Knights managed just five hits and one unearned run against him.
Offensively, Cottrell was supported by five runs from the Duhawks' offense. Four of them came in the first three innings. Mike Canevello walked, stole second, and moved up the final two bases on fly balls to score Loras' first run. Kass provided the sacrifice fly. The bottom of the order pushed across two more runs in the second inning with some help from the Wartburg defense. Olson would drive in Kass in the third inning for Loras' fourth run. Kass would lead off the fifth with a double and eventually score an unearned run to close Loras' scoring.
The Knights, who committed five errors in the game, would score a late run to break up the shutout.
Loras 1, Dubuque 0 (10 innings)
Adam Schwoebel and Spencer Radabaugh combined to shut out the Dubuque Spartans in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader. Each Duhawk allowed just three hits, and the duo combined to strike out five and walk six.
Dubuque countered with starter Paul Krenger's seven innings of shutout work. He struck out eight Duhawks.
The stalemate shifted in the top of the tenth for the Duhawks.
A one out walk to speedy Joe Walker proved to be the difference. The sophomore moved up to third base on a pair of tenth inning errors and was in position for the go-ahead run when Billy Kass stepped in to the batter's box. His fly out to left was deep enough to plate Walker.
A leadoff single by Andrew Danna in the bottom of the inning kept things interesting for Radabaugh and the Duhawks defense. He was in scoring position after a bunt and after a pop up, was waiting anxiously to try and tie the game with two outs. A single by Spencer Kuehn gave the green light to Danna rounding third, but Joe Walker's throw home was in time to end the game at home plate and give the Duhawks a much needed IIAC win.
Loras 2, Dubuque 1
Game two was another low scoring affair. In fact, the Duhawks would be credited with just one hit.
The first run of the game for the Duhawks came in the top of the first inning after leadoff man Mike Canevello was hit by a pitch. He moved up to second on a groundout to second base. His successful steal of third base included a throwing error by the catcher, allowing the right fielder to gather himself and hustle home for the game's opening run.
The score would remain 1-0 until the fifth inning. A leadoff single was around to score after an error by Eric DeSousa at third base. Safranski got a double play to end the threat, but the unearned run was enough to make things interesting.
Instead of a leadoff hit by pitch to match Canevello's first run, it was a leadoff walk by BJ Juergens that produced the game-winner. The Loras first baseman followed with a steal of second base and moved to third on a groundout by Travis Olson. This time it was Mike Pudlo who provided the sacrifice fly to center field.
Safranski provided a hitless sixth inning for the Dubuque offense and Jeremy Gerardy did the same for his third save of 2012 in the seventh.
The wins put the Duhawks at 7-10 and back in the thick of the race for a spot in the Iowa Conference baseball tournament.
The team will be in Storm Lake, Iowa to take on Buena Vista (17-14, 9-8) this weekend.