March 17, 2013
WASHINGTON, Pa. - The Grand Valley State baseball team split a doubleheader with California (Pa.) on Sunday (Mar. 17) afternoon, taking down the Vulcans 2-0 in game one before falling 3-0 in the second game.
The story of the day for the Lakers was senior starter Anthony Campanella (2-1) in game one, who posted a complete game, three-hit outing, his second straight shutout. It is the fourth shutout of his career, tying the GVSU career record, and all four of his shutouts have come in his last six starts. Campanella has now shut out California (Pa.) and Minnesota State this year. He had a six run (three earned run) outing against Winona State in his opening start.
To end last season, Campanella had a nine-inning shutout in the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional against Northern Kentucky, a three run (two earned run) outing against Wayne State in the GLIAC Tournament, and a seven-inning shutout of Ohio Dominican in his final regular season start of 2012. In his start before that, Campanella worked 6.2 innings of shutout ball against Findlay before being pulled for the final out of an eventual shutout. In his last 48.2 innings on the mound, Campanella has yielded only five earned runs.
At the time it wasn't known, but the one run that GVSU was able to put up in the top of the first inning would be enough. A single by senior Chris Rudenga with one out was followed by singles from sophomore Kevin Zak and junior Giancarlo Brugnoni, giving the Lakers an early 1-0 lead.
The biggest threat California (Pa.) would put up was in the bottom of the first, as the Vulcans got a two-out double but were unable to move him.
The Lakers would put up another single run in the top of the seventh, as senior Stephen Claypool led off with a double. A sacrifice moved him to third and a sacrifice fly by sophomore Mitchell Kozlowski brought the insurance run in to make it 2-0.
The game took a tidy 70 minutes, mostly thanks to Campanella's success on the mound. The double in the first was the only Cal player to advance past first base. Two other singles by the Vulcans were erased on stolen base attempts.
Campanella finished the game with seven innings of work, three hits allowed, no walks and two strikeouts. He needed only 76 pitches (49 strikes) to traverse the seven innings.
Claypool was the only Laker with multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with a run scored and a double. Brugnoni went 1-for-3 with an RBI, while Rudenga was 1-for-3 with a run scored.
The win ended a streak of nine straight victories for California (Pa.) on the season.
The tables turned on the Lakers in the second game of the twinbill.
The Lakers threatened early, getting a lead-off single from sophomore Mike Nadratowski, who was then advanced to second on a sacrifice. After a Zak single put runners on the corners, Brugnoni came to the plate and hit a ground ball that Nadratowski tried to score on, but he was thrown out at the plate to keep GVSU off the board. It would turn out to be the best opportunity for the Lakers, who finished the game with only three hits, two of which were in that first inning.
After GVSU stranded a man on third in the top of the second, California (Pa.) finally got on the board in the bottom half of the inning. After two quick outs to begin the frame, the Vulcans got a single and a hit by pitch to put two on. The bases then got cleared during the next at-bat when three wild pitches brought both runs around to score and make it a 2-0 game.
California (Pa.) would add an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth with a solo home run, but GVSU was unable to get on the board in the contest, falling 3-0.
Junior Sean Clancy (1-2) took the loss, working all six innings, allowing five hits, three earned runs and two walks with one strikeout.
The offense was led by Nadratowski, the only Laker with multiple hits in the game, finishing 2-for-3. Zak had the only other hit for GVSU.
The split now has the Lakers sitting at 6-7 overall on the season. California (Pa.) is now 13-3 on the year.
GVSU has finished its non-conference slate of games and will now prepare for the GLIAC season. The Lakers' first set of conference games is scheduled for this Wednesday (Mar. 20) at Hillsdale. Game time is set for 2 p.m.