April 17, 2013
ALLENDALE, Mich. - Only one game was able to be played due to weather, but the Grand Valley State baseball team made the most of it, pounding out 15 hits in a 12-5 victory over the Cardinals.
The Lakers move to 19-12 on the year with a 13-5 record in the conference, while Saginaw Valley State falls to 10-16 overall with an 8-8 record in the GLIAC.
GVSU had five players with multiple hits, while four Lakers had multiple RBI in the game.
In the bottom of the first, the Lakers got three straight one-out singles to put the first run on the board as senior Chris Rudenga, who just missed a mammoth home run foul on the pitch before, hit a bloop single down the left field line to score senior Stephen Claypool from second.
In the bottom of the second, GVSU essentially blew the game open, putting up a six run frame. Sophomore Jesse Abel and junior Taylor Banks singled to begin the inning and a sacrifice bunt moved them both in to scoring position. A single through the right side of the infield by Mike Nadratowski made it a 2-0 game, and a Claypool single nearly in the same spot brought in another. After a hit by pitch loaded the bases, Rudenga drew a bases loaded walk to move the lead out to 4-0. Junior Giancarlo Brugnoni lifted a sacrifice fly to center field next to make it 5-0, and sophomore Jamie Potts capped off the scoring in the inning with a two-RBI double in to right field to make it 7-0.
The Cardinals made a slight comeback in the next half-inning, beginning with a lead-off double to start the top of the third. A one-out walk put two on and an RBI double in to the right field gap put SVSU's first run on the board. A single through the left side of the infield brought another run in, and a sacrifice fly lifted to left-center field made it a 7-3 game.
The Lakers got back one of those runs in the bottom of the third when Banks homered off the scoreboard in left-center to make it 8-3, his second longball of the season.
SVSU responded again in the top of the fourth, tallying another run to cut the lead to 8-4.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Lakers put the nail in the coffin, as Banks had an RBI single and then junior Stuart Eisler hit a homerun, his first as a Laker, over the left field fence to move the lead out to 11-4.
After the Cardinals got one back in the top of the sixth, the Lakers erased it with their final tally in the bottom of the sixth on a passed ball with a runner on third as GVSU closed out the 12-5 victory.
From there, rain and lightning moved in to the area and wiped out the second potential contest. No make-up date has been set and it is unclear if there will be an available date for the rest of the season.
The offense was led by Banks, who turned in a 3-for-3 day, scoring three times, driving in two and drawing a walk to go with his homerun. Nadratowski also had three hits, going 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Potts finished 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI including his fourth double of the season. Claypool went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI, while Zak was 2-for-3 with a run and Eisler was 1-for-3 with a run and two RBI, all off his longball.
The winner on the mound was junior Sean Clancy (3-4), who worked five innings, allowing eight hits and fun runs with three strikeouts. Senior Brad Zambron closed out the last two innings with one strikeout, one hit allowed and no runs.
The Lakers will hope for better weather this weekend, as the Lake Erie Storm come to Allendale for a three-game series. The first two games are slated to begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday.