The Loras College baseball team wrapped up their 2012 baseball season at Petrakis Park last weekend and took all three games over the Cornell Rams in doing so. The team outscored Cornell 17-2 over the course of the series, earning two shutouts and finishing with 20+ wins for the tenth time under head coach Carl Tebon. The teams adapted the schedule slightly to avoid any inclement weather that might make its way through Dubuque by playing two games on Friday and one on Saturday.
Loras pushed across single runs in the first and sixth innings in support of starter Will Petrosky on their way to the first win of the weekend.
With two outs in the first inning, Billy Kass singled and promptly stole second base. BJ Juergens followed with a single to score the game's first run.
Petrosky would control the first five innings in the mound for Loras, extending his scoreless IIAC innings streak to 11 with four hits and six strikeouts in the first five frames. Petrosky yielded to Jeremy Gerardy, who earned a two inning save and benefited from an insurance run in the sixth inning. Gerardy struck out three in his bullpen role on Friday.
Danny Fahlgren scored the Duhawks' second run after leading off the sixth inning with a double. He was bunted to third and two batters later was driven home by pinch-hitter Travis Olson.
The Duhawks earned their 20thwin of the season with the 2-0 triumph over the Rams.
The Duhawks reached double digits for the seventh time in 2012 but first time in a month in the Game 2 win over the Cornell Rams.
After scoring three runs in the bottom of the third inning, the Duhawks blew open in the game in the fourth with a 7-spot. Loras used five hits and two Cornell errors to plate the seven runs. Production came off the bats of Clay Henricksen, BJ Juergens, Danny Fahlgren, and Mike Pudlo.
Loras would add another run in the fifth inning on a Connor Reilly pinch hit double that scored Kass.
Adam Schwoebel was the beneficiary of the burst in run production, throwing five innings of two-hit baseball to earn his third win of 2012. He struck out five Cornell batters. In the sixth inning, the Duhawks handed the ball to senior Logan Potter to finish things up. He allowed just one hit and struck out two Rams.
The series finale also turned out to be the season finale for the Duhawks, who were mathematically eliminated from post season play on Friday with wins by other teams in the league. As part of the final regular season home game, the Duhawks honored their seven seniors in a brief ceremony prior to the game.
Once the first pitch was thrown by senior Austin Safranski, he settled in to see the Duhawks produce two early runs and two late runs. Meanwhile on the mound, Safranski spread out nine hits over six innings and work out of a couple of jams.
Among those jams was his first inning. After a walk and a single by the top of the Rams order, head coach Seth Wing put the runners in motion in hopes of kick-starting the offense that was kept off the scoreboard on Friday. The decision had the reverse effect, as a line drive by Zach Rogers started a 4-3-6 triple play. Joe Walker grabbed the liner, threw to Juergens at first base for a gentle step on the bag, who followed with a throw to a waiting Mike Pudlo at shortstop who did the same at second.
Billy Kass was driven home by BJ Juergens for the game's first run - and - when an infield double play attempt by the Rams went south in the second inning, Loras scored their second run of the game.
Cornell did score once against Safranski in their half of the second inning after stringing together three hits. The game stayed 2-1 Loras until bottom of the seventh. That was when seniors Juergens and Olson provided the RBI for the Duhawks to extend the lead to 4-1.
The Rams would add an RBI single in the top of the ninth to get within two runs, but Loras' all-time leader in saves Spencer Radabaugh, another senior, closed out the game for the record sixth time in 2012 and 14thtime in Loras' history.
The win brought an end to the careers of Radabaugh, Safranski, Juergens, Olson, Potter, Henricksen, and Kyle Barton. The group won over 80 games during their careers and was a part of the 2009 IIAC Championship team.