March 11, 2013
LEESBURG, Fla. - Less than a day after it seemed like 15th-ranked Grand Valley State was stumbling out of the gates on the 2013 season, the Lakers gained traction. GVSU pounded out 17 hits, including 11 for extra bases, in a 12-0 drubbing of 17th-ranked Minnesota State on Monday (Mar. 11) afternoon at Lake Sumter State College.
It didn't take long for the Lakers to start righting the ship, as senior Chris Rudenga hit a one-out double off the wall in right field in the top of the first. After an infield single by sophomore Kevin Zak put runners on the corners, junior Giancarlo Brugnoni made a bid for yet another home run, lifting a fly ball to the warning track in right field to bring home Rudenga and make it 1-0.
After Zak stole second with two outs, sophomore Jamie Potts drilled a triple to the opposite field gap in left center to make it a 2-0 game.
In the bottom of the first, senior starter Anthony Campanella got the lead-off hitter to hit a ground ball to second that made its way just in to the outfield as the throw to first was late, but then proceeded to strike out the next three hitters on a total of 11 pitches.
The Lakers then blew the game open in the top of the second, beginning with a home run to center field off the bat of senior Stephen Claypool to lead off the inning. After consecutive walks from junior Chris Ripple and sophomore Mike Nadratowski, Rudenga laced his second double of the day in to the right field gap to bring both runs around to score and make it a 5-0 advantage.
Zak then got hit by a pitch to bring Brugnoni back to the plate with two on and two out. Brugnoni proceeded to crush a fastball 432 feet to left field, bouncing off the road well beyond the wall and in to a park across the street for a three-run homer, his fifth of the season. GVSU led 8-0 after the second inning.
The Lakers would add another run on a sacrifice fly by Potts in the top of the fourth and two more in the top of the fifth after a Claypool double and a home run by Banks, his first of the year, to make it 11-0.
The final tally came in the top of the seventh when Nadratowski singled and was brought around to score by Rudenga's fourth double of the game, a new GVSU single-game record. The Lakers would nail down the victory, 12-0 in seven innings of a scheduled nine inning contest. Due to another game being scheduled directly afterwards on the same field, the nine inning contest was called after seven due to a 10-run mercy rule.
In addition to the offensive firepower, Campanella (1-1) picked up his first win of the season and his second complete game shutout in his last three starts. Campanella needed only 82 pitches to traverse his seven innings, allowing only four hits, while striking out seven.
Rudenga tied a GVSU single-game record with five hits, going 5-for-5 with three runs, three RBI, and a new single-game record four doubles. Claypool wasn't far behind, going 4-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and two doubles. Banks went 2-for-4 with a run scored, two RBI and his first homer of the season, while Brugnoni finished with one hit, one run and four driven in, including his fifth long ball of the season. Zak and Nadratowski each scored twice in the contest.
The win moves the Lakers to 5-4 on the season, while Minnesota State falls to 7-3 on the year.
GVSU will finish up its spring trip on Tuesday (Mar. 12) morning with another game against 17th-ranked Minnesota State. First pitch is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at Chain of Lakes Field #1 in Winter Haven, Fla.