Thu, Apr. 25, 2013 - [Baseball]
By Jim Naprstek, Assistant Sports Information Director
With the temperatures still flirting around the 50 degree mark, the Pioneers and Duhawks squared off in a non-conference battle Wednesday night at Petrakis Park. The Duhawks have had some rough luck as of late after starting 6-0 in the Iowa Conference. Dropping nine of their last ten conference games, they looked to their Wisconsin rivals to get their bats going again and get one in the win column.
Head Coach Carl Tebon elected to start freshman Matt Kass, who prior to Wednesday had some rough luck on the mound. However, against the Pioneers, he was able to toss two innings of four hit ball and keep things close before turning it over to Jake Norton. In what would prove to be a total bullpen effort, Norton threw two and one third innings before leaving the game after taking a line drive off the leg from Matt Demmon.
On the offensive side of things, the Duhawk bats returned to the lineup, resulting in 10 hits over the 10 innings. Loras had not had 10 hits in a game since April 3rd in their non-conference game against Cornell. They had 11 that day.
In the top of the fifth, Evan Greco drove in three runs with one swing of the bat to put the Pioneers up 6-3. The lead would not last, as Pat Walsh followed suit in the bottom of the fifth.With runners on the corners, Walsh ripped a changeup from Shane Sosinsky down the right field line. With Mike Pudlo and Jordan Ries already home, a throwing error from second baseman Casey Schroeder sent Walsh trotting home, tying the game at 6.
This would be the extent of the scoring for both teams until the bottom of the tenth.
Third Baseman Eric DeSousa led off the inning with a single to right field before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt from Mark Jablonski. A single and stolen base from Pudlo brought the Pioneer infield in to try and cut off the winning run at the plate, but a hard shot down the third base line from Mike Canevello could not be snared, allowing DeSousa to come home and seal the victory for the Duhawks.
The victory comes at a crucial time for the ball club who prepares for the home stretch in their Iowa Conference season. They will travel to Decorah this weekend to take on the Norse before returning to Dubuque to finish their four game series with the University of Dubuque Spartans on Tuesday. The 2013 regular season will conclude on May 3rd and 4th with a weekend series against Buena Vista.