May 5, 2013
DETROIT, Mich. - The Grand Valley State baseball team finished off the 2013 regular season with a convincing victory over Wayne State on Sunday (May 5), using a seven-run fourth inning to put the Warriors away, 10-4.
The Lakers end the regular season 28-14 overall with a 22-7 mark in the GLIAC. Wayne State falls to 31-16 with a 21-10 record in the league.
GVSU, which wrapped up the regular season GLIAC crown on Saturday (May 4), will be the top seed in this week's GLIAC Tournament. The Lakers will take on Lake Erie on Wednesday (May 8) at Oestrike Stadium in Ypsilanti, Mich. in the first round of the tournament.
Wayne State got on the board first, using a lead-off double, sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly to take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third.
In the ensuing half-inning, though, the Lakers responded in a big way. Senior Stephen Claypool and sophomore Kevin Zak led off with singles and a sacrifice bunt attempt ended up with an out at third, leaving two on with one out. A throwing error by the catcher then put both runners in scoring position and a walk by sophomore Jamie Potts loaded the bases.
Junior Giancarlo Brugnoni tied the game with an RBI single in to left field and kept the bases loaded. Sophomore Jesse Abel brought in two more with a single back up the middle of the infield to make it a 3-1 game. After a single from junior Taylor Banks loaded the bases again, junior Stuart Eisler doubled in to the gap in left field to clear the bases, going to third on the throw home. Sophomore Mike Nadratowski then doubled down the right field line to bring in Eisler to make it a 7-1 game in favor of the Lakers.
GVSU pushed across another run in the top of the sixth, again with the help of Eisler. He singled to lead off the inning, then moved to second on a wild pitch with two outs. Zak brought him with an RBI single to center field to make it an 8-1 game.
Wayne State staged a comeback in the bottom half of the inning, getting a lead-off walk and a single to put runners on the corners with nobody out. An RBI groundout to second cut the lead to 8-2 and an RBI single back up the middle made it an 8-3 game.
The Lakers got two more in the top of the eighth on an RBI single by Nadratowski that scored Eisler and an RBI fielder's choice by Zak that scored Nadratowski, making it 10-3.
A final run would get pushed across in the bottom of the ninth as the Warriors scored on a balk, but GVSU would easily put Wayne State away, taking the regular season finale by a score of 10-4.
On the mound, freshman Patrick Kelly (5-3) picked up the victory, going eight innings, allowing four hits, three runs and three walks with three strikeouts.
GVSU got multi-RBI games from four Laker student-athletes, including Eisler, who went 2-for-3 with three runs, three RBI and a walk. Nadratowski and Zak both went 2-for-5 with a run and two RBI, while Abel went 2-for-2 with a run scored, two RBI and a walk. Claypool went 3-for-4 with his 11th double of the season.
The Lakers will face Lake Erie in the first round of the GLIAC Tournament on Wednesday. The time of the game has yet to be announced. Currently, the Lakers, Wayne State (#2), Ashland (#3) and Lake Erie (#6) are locked in to their tournament seeds. Saginaw Valley State and Ohio Dominican will both be competing as well, but their seeds are yet to be determined.
More information on the 2013 GLIAC Baseball Tournament will be available at gvsulakers.com when it becomes available