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16-Run Inning Leads #15 GVSU to Sweep of Wisconsin-Parkside
 
Senior Kayleigh Bertram's two-out RBI double in the fifth inning of game one knocked in the winning run in GVSU's 4-3 victory
 
Senior Kayleigh Bertram's two-out RBI double in the fifth inning of game one knocked in the winning run in GVSU's 4-3 victory
 

March 27, 2013

Box Score - Game One (W, 4-3)

Box Score - Game Two (W, 16-1)

Allendale, Mich. - After notching a come from behind 4-3 victory in the opening game of a doubleheader against Wisconsin-Parkside on Wednesday (Mar. 27), #15 Grand Valley State put together a 16-run inning to earn a sweep over the Rangers, 16-1. It was the home opener for GVSU and the home team put on a show for the Laker faithful while moving its winning streak to nine games.

The two contests between the regional opponents were quite different, as Grand Valley State tallied single runs in both the fourth and fifth innings after trailing 3-2. Interestingly enough, before GVSU exploded for 16 runs on 10 hits in the fourth inning of game two, the Lakers had not recorded a hit in the previous three innings.

With the two wins (GVSU's third straight doubleheader sweep), the Lakers improve to 16-2 on the season. Wisconsin-Parkside, out of the Great Lakes Valley Conference, drops to 5-14 overall.

While it could not be confirmed that Grand Valley State's 16-run inning is the largest in school history, it is the most runs in an inning since at least the 2000 season. Inning-by-inning line scores are not available before that season. In 2010, when this year's senior class were a group of freshmen, the team's most runs in a game that season was 15 runs. In fact, from 2004 to 2010, Grand Valley State did not score 16 runs in any game, let alone a single inning.

The NCAA record for runs in an inning is 21 runs, when Metro State dropped three touchdowns on Colorado Mines in the second inning of a game on April 18, 1990.

Saying that the 16-run inning was unexpected would be a huge understatement. In game one, the Lakers tallied four runs on seven hits, but had to score two late runs to earn the victory. GVSU notched two runs in the first inning of that game thanks to two Wisconsin-Parkside errors.

In the top of the second inning, the Rangers responded with three runs on just two hits and one untimely Laker error. Senior pitcher Hannah Santora worked out of the jam (runners on second and third with two outs) by striking out the final batter.

 

 

The score would remain 3-2 until the fourth frame. With two outs, junior Briauna Taylor smashed a triple down the left field line. Off the bat, it appeared to be an routine double, but Taylor never hesitated rounding second base and easily beat the throw for her first triple of the season and 10th of her career.

Moments later, senior Nellie Kosola singled to left center field, driving in Taylor and tying the game at 3-3. Meanwhile, Santora was cruising, as the righthander allowed just one hit in the final five innings, including retiring eight batters in a row at one point.

GVSU gave Santora the final run she would need by again scoring with two outs, this time in the fifth inning. Senior Emily Jones was on second base after a Ranger error and classmate Kayleigh Bertram doubled to left center field for the go-ahead (and eventual game-winning) RBI two-bagger.

Santora worked around a one-out walk in the sixth inning and retired the side in order in the seventh. She moves to 9-0 on the season with the victory. Of the three runs she allowed, none were earned. Santora gave up just four hits, while walking four and striking out six.

Brittany Taylor (2-for-4) and Emily Holt (2-for-3) both recorded multi-hit contests for the Lakers. Holt and Bertram had the lone extra-base hits in the win.

A pitcher's duel tied up the first three innings of game two, as neither team recorded a hit in its first three at-bats. Wisconsin-Parkside broke the scoreless tie with a two-out RBI single in the top of the fourth, but had another runner caught in a rundown just moments before the hit, keeping one run off the board.

The bottom of the inning is when GVSU would completely breakthrough. Here's how the Lakers tallied the 16 runs:

1-1: Tonya Calkins RBI single (Briauna Taylor scored)
3-1: Bertram two-run single (Katie Martin, Jones scored)
4-1: Brittany Taylor RBI single (Bertram scored)
6-1: Briauna Taylor two-run single (Maggie Kopas, Holt scored)
8-1: Martin two-run double (Brittany Taylor, Briauna Taylor scored)
9-1: Jones RBI single (Martin scored)
10-1: KC Christopher reaches on an error (Jones scored)
11-1: Holt bases-loaded walk (Chelsea Horvath scored)
13-1: Brittany Taylor RBI single, then UWP error (Taylor Fris, Christopher scored)
15-1: McKenze Supernaw two-run double (Holt, Brittany Taylor scored)
16-1: Briauna Taylor reaches on UWP error (Supernaw scored)

16 runs, 10 hits, and five errors later, the Lakers were firmly on top by a 16-1 count, easily one of the top offensive innings in school history.

That was more than enough run support for freshman Sara Andrasik, who forced a flyball with the bases loaded in the fifth inning to end the game via mercy rule. Andrasik allowed one run on four hits to improve to 7-1 on the season. She walked five batters, but struck out six Rangers in the complete game win.

All 10 of the Lakers' hits came in that fourth inning. Martin finished the game 2-for-3 with a double, two runs, and two RBI, while Brittany Taylor was 2-for-2 with two runs and runs driven in. In addition to those two, Bertram, Briauna Taylor, and Supernaw also recorded two RBI. Supernaw's two-run double was the first hit for the GVSU freshman.

Grand Valley State will take the field again on Friday afternoon (Mar. 29), when the Lakers welcome Walsh for a GLIAC doubleheader. The twinbill in Allendale begins at 3:30 p.m.

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