March 8, 2012
Winter Haven, Fla. - The #5 Grand Valley State baseball team mostly controlled the game for eight innings against Lewis, but it was a 10-run sixth by the Flyers that cost the Lakers the game. Despite outhitting Lewis 15-12 for the game, the final score reflected a 12-6 win for the Flyers.
For the second time on the trip, the Lakers got on the board in the first inning. Freshman Mike Nadratowski led the game off with a bunt single and a sacrifice moved him to second. With two outs, yesterday's hero, senior Steve Anderson, drove a ball back up the middle to put the Lakers on the board first, 1-0.
In the second inning, a ground ball and sacrifice fly brought two more runs in for the Lakers, upping the lead to 3-0.
Lewis got one run back in the bottom of the third with an RBI single but the Lakers responded in the next half-inning, getting the run back with an RBI single by senior Zach Laupp after senior Derrik Strzalkowski had doubled down the left field line.
Lewis brought in another run in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead to 4-2, but it was the sixth inning that put the game away.
10 runs came across the plate for the Flyers in the sixth, courtesy of six hits, two errors, two hit batsmen, two walks and three ground balls that looked routine but took incredible bounces over and around GVSU fielder's gloves.
The scoring came to an end after the eighth inning. The Lakers cut slightly in to the 12-4 Lewis lead when junior Stephen Claypool singled to lead off and then Anderson hit his first home run of the season, of the two-run variety, to cut the lead to 12-6. Sophomore Giancarlo Brugnoni followed that with a hard hit single and it appeared the Lakers would mount a comeback of their own. However, a double play ball would end the inning and minimize the damage for Lewis.
Junior Anthony Campanella (0-1) took the loss on the mound for the Lakers. The starter went 5.1 innings, allowing seven hits and three earned runs while striking out four. Lewis starter Pay Lahey worked 5.2 innings, surrendering 10 hits and three earned runs while striking out four.
Drew Hicks (1-0) got the win for Lewis, pitching 2.1 innings in relief, allowing four hits and two earned runs.
Offensively, Anderson again led the Lakers, going 2-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI, including his first longball of the season. Strzalkowski went 2-for-4 with two runs, his third consecutive two-hit game. On the spring trip, he is 10-for-19 for a .526 batting average. Freshman Jamie Potts went 2-for-3 in the game while Laupp, freshman Kevin Zak and freshman Mitchell Kozlowski each went 2-for-4, Laupp and Kozlowski each driving in a run as well. The Lakers were unable to draw any walks in the game, something they had done 23 times over the prior four games.
Lewis was led by Michael Wido's 3-for-5 day with two runs and an RBI. Mike Bolling and Mike Barajas each went 2-for-5 with a run scored while Bolling drove in two and Barajas one. Eight of the nine starters in the lineup for the Flyers had at least one RBI.
With the loss, the Lakers fall to 5-3 on the year while Lewis moves to 4-1 overall.
GVSU will play their last neutral site game of the trip on Friday (Mar. 9) when the Lakers take on St. Joseph's (Ind.) at 3 p.m. in Winter Haven. Live stats will be available for the game as well as the live chat.