Fri, May. 10, 2013 - [Baseball]
Buena Vista, 0
The Loras College baseball team returned to the Iowa Conference Tournament on Thursday and Friday and managed one convincing win and a pair of hard fought losses to end their 2013 season at 19-21.
The Duhawks entered the IIAC tournament as the #6 seed. Their first round opponent was the #3 seed Buena Vista. The two teams met three days prior, splitting their doubleheader on the final day of the regular season - and the Beavers took three of four from the Duhawks overall. However, Ben Cottrell would not let the a similar result happen again. The senior right hander threw a complete game four-hit shutout, forcing the Beavers into 13 flyouts and 10 groundouts.
Cottrell would also get plenty of help from the Duhawk bats. Junior Mark Jablonski went 3-for-5 with a double, tallied two RBI, and stole two bases for the Duhawks while Justin Montalvo added two doubles and two RBI. Niko Andriotis, Mike Pudlo, and Eric DeSousa all recorded two hit games to add to the Duhawk total of 14 hits.
With the win the Duhawks advanced in the winner's bracket to immediately play against the #2 seeded Coe Kohawks. Coe swept the Duhawks in their four game series played earlier this year and Loras struggled to get their bats going scoring just five runs in those four games.
The Duhawk offense tied their season high for hits in the first game which lead to a win over Buena Vista, but the Duhawk bats started off slower in the second game against the second-seeded Kohawks. In the fourth inning, however, they did push across three runs.
Will Petrosky took the bump in game two and pitched 7+ innings. He gave up eleven hits, six runs (five earned) and had two strike outs. Petrosky took the loss after allowing two-run innings in the first, sixth, and eighth which moved him to 4-4 on the year. Connor Schreck came on in relief of Petrosky for an inning. Schreck only gave up one hit in his appearance.
In the fourth inning the Duhawk bats came alive and plated all three of their runs. The first three Duhawk batters got on base by way of a Coe error, a walk and a hit by pitch before Niko Andriotis took the plate. Andriotis singled through the left side which scored two. Alex Rodriguez singled to short which scored Mike Canevello. The top of the Duhawk order produced all three runs of the game.
The loss sent the Duhawks into the consolation portion of the IIAC bracket and they'd have to wait until after Friday's first game to find out their next opponent.
Loras was in the 4:00 PM time slot on Friday to face the winner of the 10:00 AM game – Central College. The Dutch defeated Buena Vista 11-4.
Central pushed across single runs in the first and second innings against Loras starting pitcher Adam Schwoebel. Five of the Dutch's eight hits came in the first two innings. Leadoff hits to start both innings eventually came around to score on RBI singles. In the fourth inning, they plated their final run of the game, this time via a leadoff hit-by-pitch.
The teams finished with nine hits each. Loras' best chances to crack the scoreboard came in the fifth and seventh innings. Each time the bases were left loaded. The Duhawks had at least one hit in every inning except the third.
Mike Canevello's final baseball game as a Duhawks was a good one, as he was responsible for three of the Loras hits. Pat Walsh and Eric DeSousa each had two.
Joining Canevello in their final game as Duhawks were fellow seniors Travis Misner, Jordan Ries, Ben Cottrell, Donny Baran, and Cody Richter.