Tue, May. 1, 2012 - [Baseball]
The Loras College baseball team went 1-2 in their weekend series with the Buena Vista Beavers – which was altered due to the rain in the state over the weekend. Saturday's nine inning game included a late rally by the Beavers and Sunday's doubleheader had each team cracking the win column once. All three games were decided by one run.
Game 1: Buena Vista 4, Loras 3
The Duhawks struck first in support of Loras starter Ben Cottrell with two runs in the top of the second inning. Mike Pudlo and Eric DeSousa logged the RBIs for Loras – driving in BJ Juergens and Jordan Ries.
Loras would tack on another run in the top of the sixth. Ries again provided the run, singling to start the inning before DeSousa added his second RBI of the day.
Cottrell was cruising until the eighth inning. He had allowed just one hit through seven innings and struck out seven batters to that point. He two singles and followed with two strikeouts in the eighth inning. He then issued back to back walks to make it 3-1 in favor of Loras. Spencer Radabaugh entered and conceded a 2 RBI single to tie the game before the Duhawks were out of the eighth.
Loras put the go-ahead run at third base in the top of the ninth, but a strikeout and groundout at the top of the order kept it at 3-3.
The Beavers completed the comeback in the bottom of the ninth with a pair of singles, two outs in the inning, and an aggressive play. After a wild pitch, catcher Neil Eddie came around from second base to score the game's winning run.
Game 2: Loras 1, Buena Vista 0
Starting pitchers Jon Ringblom and Will Petrosky kept things scoreless through six innings. Petrosky struck out three and walked two in his six innings. Ringblom was equally as productive until the top of the seventh.
Ringblom's error with Billy Kass at third base after a leadoff double and sacrifice bunt proved to be the difference. Kass scored and Travis Olson was credited with an RBI after putting the ball in play.
Jeremy Gerardy made the run stand up with his fourth save of 2012 – getting the Beavers in order in the bottom of the seventh.
Game 3: Buena Vista 6, Loras 5 (12 Innings)
The rubber game of the weekend series required extra innings and included a total of four comebacks by the hosts before they would prevail. The Duhawks held leads of 1-0, 3-1, 4-3, and 5-4 throughout the 12 inning contest before Buena Vista answered.
Two hits to start the game by Mike Canevello and Danny Fahlgren produced an early 1-0 lead for the Duhawks. Buena Vista answered with a single run in the bottom of the inning to tie the game early on.
The Duhawks jumped back out in front with single runs in the third and fifth innings. Joe Walker and Eric DeSousa scored the runs for Loras, with BJ Juergens and Billy Kass logging the RBI.
After the fifth inning, both teams were into the bullpen.
Buena Vista tied the game on a 2 RBI double against Spencer Radabaugh in the sixth. That was enough to force extra innings as both teams went quietly in the seventh.
In the eighth, Clay Henricksen pinch-hit and drove home BJ Juergens to give the Duhawks the lead. The Beavers answered quickly with two hits to start their half of the eighth and an unearned run was enough to tie the game. Loras ended the inning with a double play on a lineout to avoid any further damage.
Joe Walker singled to start the twelfth inning with a single and stole both second and third base before being knocked in by a Danny Fahlgren single to give the Duhawks a 5-4 lead. The Duhawks would score just once in the inning after a pickoff and two more hits. Loras stranded two in the inning.
In the bottom half, the Beavers produced their most impressive rally of the day. Austin Safranski got a pop up and strikeout to start the inning. The hosts answered with a double, single, and two walks against the senior before the walk off single that did in the Duhawks.
Loras fell to 8-12 in the IIAC with the loss ahead of their four home games to close the regular season. Buena Vista improved to 11-9.
Loras hosts Dubuque in the nine inning series finale at Petrakis at 6:00 PM on Wednesday night. Then Cornell comes to Dubuque to close the regular season with Senior Day on Saturday.
The IIAC standings include three teams at 12-8, followed by Buena Vista and Simpson at 10-11. Best case scenario for the Duhawks would include a 12-12 finish in the league with at least one team who is still eligible to do so – Buena Vista or Simpson - finishing with 13 losses.