April 7, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Grand Valley State baseball team, who came in to the final game of a three-game series with Ohio Dominican with the best team ERA in the GLIAC, saw the Panthers pound out 13 hits and record nine runs, including a seven spot in the seventh inning, as the Lakers fell 9-2 on Sunday (Apr. 7).
The loss drops the Lakers to 16-11 overall on the season with a 10-4 record in the conference. Ohio Dominican is now 12-16 overall, 8-6 in the GLIAC.
GVSU struck first in the game in the top of the second inning, when an RBI single by senior Chris Rudenga scored sophomore Jamie Potts, who singled earlier in the frame and moved to second on a wild pitch.
Ohio Dominican responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the third, as an error allowed the lead-off man to reach and an RBI double in to the gap in right field tied the game at one.
The Lakers took the lead back temporarily in the top of the fourth with a solo home run by sophomore Kevin Zak, his first of the year.
The Panthers again answered, this time in the bottom of the sixth, tying the game at two with a fielder's choice groundout that scored the runner from third.
The seventh inning, however, proved to be the backbreaker for the Lakers. The Panthers loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh with their first three batters and the go-ahead run came across with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-2. After an infield pop-up got the second out of the inning, Ohio Dominican pounded out five straight hits to bring in six more runs, finally ending as the last hitter in the inning was thrown out trying to extend an RBI double in to a triple. The monster inning gave Ohio Dominican a 9-2 lead that would be more than enough to nail down the victory.
Senior Anthony Campanella (3-3) was tagged with the loss in 4.1 innings of relief. The starter, junior Cody Westerhuis, went only 2.1 innings, allowing three hits and one unearned run with two strikeouts.
The only Laker to record multiple hits in the game was Potts, who finished 2-for-3 with a run scored. Zak went 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI, all off his home run.
GVSU will be back on the diamond on Wednesday (Apr. 10), as the Lakers travel to Saginaw Valley State to take on the Cardinals in a doubleheader slated to begin at 2 p.m.