Mon, Mar. 25, 2013 - [Baseball]
Game 1: Loras, 6 – Monmouth, 4
Game 2: Loras, 5 – Monmouth, 3
The Loras College baseball team shuffled their schedule late last week to combat Mother Nature and ended up in Monmouth, Illinois on Saturday to play their first games of 2013 in the Midwest.
Loras brought home wins in both games, scoring three runs in the ninth inning of Game 1 to claim victory before breaking a 3-3 tie in the seventh inning of Game 2 with a pair of runs.
In Game 1, Mike Canevello was one of four Duhawks to record multiple hits. The leadoff man scored twice – once in each of the first two innings – after hitting a single and double in his first two at bats. Loras led 3-1 after six innings behind Will Petrosky's start. A pair of unearned runs in the Monmouth half of the seventh tied the game, and then an inning later against reliever Jeremy Gerardy another unearned run gave them the lead.
Facing a loss, the Duhawks rallied in the top of the ninth with RBI hits from Alex Rodriguez (2 RBI double) and Eric DeSousa (RBI single). Two errors by the Scots' defense helped keep things moving for the Duhawks who took a 6-4 lead to the bottom of the ninth.
Jeremy Gerardy earned the win in relief, allowing just one hit in his 2.1 innings.
In Game 2, Loras took the early 1-0 lead in the top of the first after Canevello walked, stole seconds, and then advanced to both third and home on passed balls. Patrick Walsh doubled home Canevello and Mike Pudlo in the third to make it 3-2. Monmouth added single runs in each of the first three innings to tie the game at 3-3 against Loras starter Adam Schwoebel.
The Duhawks broke the tie in a big way, with the first career homerun off the bat of Lucas Jacque in the top of the seventh – plating Alex Rodriguez in the process.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Scots forced Schwoebel from the game and Connor Schreck entered to slow things down. He got a double play to end the seventh and then finished the 8th and 9th with just one hit against him and three strikeouts.
The shuffled schedule continues next week on Spring Break when the Duhawks travel back to Monmouth for a single nine inning game before a doubleheader on Thursday at Knox. On April 1, the Duhawks will play two games at Central College to open Iowa Conference play before the April 5-6 home openers versus Simpson at Petrakis Park.