May 25, 2013
CARY, N.C. - The 14th-ranked Grand Valley State baseball team dropped its opener of the 2013 NCAA Division II Baseball National Finals by a 2-0 score on Saturday (May 25) and will face Shippensburg in an elmination game on Monday (May 27) at 1 p.m. at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.
GVSU is now 35-18 on the season, while Minnesota State moves to 40-8 overall.
Minnesota State opened up the scoring in the top of the fourth inning, getting a two-out RBI single in to the left field corner that scored the runner from first. The batter was then thrown out at second.
The Lakers looked as if they would answer in the bottom half of the fifth inning, getting a lead-off double from junior Giancarlo Brugnoni over the left fielder's head. He was moved to third on a groundout, but was stranded there after a strikeout and another groundout.
The Mavericks added another run on the board in the top of the sixth when a groundball to second with the bases loaded resulted in one out when the batter beat the double play turn at first. Minnesota State led 2-0 going to the bottom of the sixth.
GVSU threatened again in the bottom of the sixth when sophomore Mike Nadratowski laid down a bunt with one out, reaching first and then moving to second when the throw from the catcher sailed down the right field line. After moving to third on a groundout, a tapper back to the pitcher ended the inning.
Minnesota State would get through the final three innings to close out the 2-0 victory.
Senior starter Kyle Teague (7-3) was solid on the mound, striking out seven in a complete game effort, allowing only five hits and one earned run.
"I thought Kyle really competed tonight and was able to go all nine innings. We didn't give him any help offensively and he probably deserved a better fate, but that is baseball" said head coach Jamie Detillion following the game.
Brugnoni went 2-for-3 with his 13th double of the year, while Nadratowski and sophomore Kevin Zak each went 1-for-4.
GVSU and Shippensburg will face off in an elimination game on Monday at 1 p.m. at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.