With two wins already under their belt, the Duhawks and Storm squared off on Saturday to wrap-up their four game Iowa Conference series. Friday saw two stellar pitching performances from Adam Schwoebel and Patrick Walsh, with the Duhawks coming out victorious in both. Saturday would see Will Petrosky and Ben Cottrell toe the rubber in hopes of keeping the winning streak alive.
In game one, Petrosky worked quickly and efficiently, keeping the Simpson batters off balance. The seas became choppy in the top of the third, when Petrosky walked the first two batters. With runners on first and second, Simpson connected for back-to-back singles, making the score 2-0. It looked as if this would be enough for the Storm to claim victory as the Duhawks struggled to put together a comeback. Heading to the bottom of the seventh, Alex Rodriguez singled and advanced to second following a walk to Patrick Walsh. Head Coach Carl Tebon then opted for a pinch runner, sending Nate Even to first to run for Walsh.
With Eric DeSousa up to bat, Rodriguez and Even each advanced on a passed ball. With the tying run only 180 feet away, DeSousa singled to right field, scoring Rodriguez. A second passed ball scored Even with Danny Fahlgren up to bat, tying the game. Then with two outs and runners on first and second, Mike Pudlo hit a long and high fly ball to the gap in left center. Despite pursuit from two Simpson outfielders, the ball could not be caught and Justin Montalvo, who pinch ran for Fahlgren came around from second to score the game winning run.
For the second time in back-to-back days, the Duhawks pulled off late inning heroics, spoiling a potential victory for the Storm.
In game two of the doubleheader, Cottrell took the mound hoping to close out the Storm for a fourth time and complete the weekend sweep. After getting two quick outs in the top of the first, Jake Barr doubled to the left field wall and scored on the following single from Jake Scieszinski. That would be all the offense for the Storm until the 8th inning, as Cottrell found his groove and didn't let up.
Rodriguez continued his strong hitting performance in the bottom of the second, when he went yard off of Eric Jones. The solo shot was his first of the year, and second in two days for the Duhawks. Loras would add another run to take the lead in the third with Mark Jablonski scoring on a single by Mike Canevello.
In the fourth, Rodriguez was productive again, getting on base with a hit-by-pitch, and then advancing to third on a passed ball. He later scored on another passed ball, increasing the lead to 3-1. It looked as though Loras had the sweep in sights heading into the bottom of the eighth, but Ethan Hale singled for Simpson and would come around to score, cutting the lead to 4-2.
DeSousa would score in the bottom of the eighth for Loras on a single by Jablonski, making the lead 5-2. In the top of the ninth, Jeremy Gerardy would throw his second inning of relief work to earn his second save of the year, and sealing the victory for the Duhawks.
With the two wins today, it marks the first ever four-game sweep in Loras College Baseball history. Loras moves to 6-0 in the Iowa Conference and will host the first two games of a four-game split series against crosstown rivals, University of Dubuque Spartans. Tuesday will also be the annual "Prescott" game, where students from Prescott Elementary will be featured in between games. The Loras Baseball team partners with students and spend time in the offseason mentoring them and helping them in school.