April 13, 2013
Detroit, Mich. - On a frigid and windy Saturday afternoon (Apr. 13) in Detroit, #12 Grand Valley State's bats stayed quite warm in a GLIAC sweep of Wayne State. The Lakers took game one by a 7-2 score before hitting a pair of grand slams in a 17-2 rout of WSU in game two of the doubleheader.
With the victories, GVSU improves to 25-3 on the season and 13-1 in conference play, while Wayne State falls to 16-16 overall and 7-5 in the GLIAC. It was the first road games for Grand Valley State since Mar. 24, but the Lakers looked right at home by combining for 24 runs on 20 hits in the twinbill.
In the opening two innings of game two, seniors Kayleigh Bertram (first inning) and Katie Martin (second) each hit a grand slam, pushing GVSU out to an early 8-0 lead. It was the second time this season that Bertram and Martin have both notched a grand slam in the same game, as the duo did so in the 23-0 win over Lake Erie on Mar. 30. Neither player had hit a grand slam entering this season.
Game one saw the Lakers take a 3-0 lead in the second inning, with all three runs coming with two outs. Catcher Emily Holt walked and ended up scoring after an infield single from senior Nellie Kosola and an error by Wayne State. A run-scoring single from Briauna Taylor scored sister Brittany Taylor (who was hit by a pitch), while Kosola also crossed the plate.
The advantage grew to 4-0 in the fourth, as junior Miranda Cleary led off by blasting a solo homer to left center field. In the bottom half of the frame, Wayne State cut the deficit in half on a two-run homer from Briana Lee.
GVSU went on top, 5-2, after Brittany Taylor was again hit by a pitch - this time with the bases loaded - to drive in a run in the sixth inning. In the seventh, Bertram doubled down the left field line, bringing Martin (lead-off walk) all the way around from first base. It was the 40th double of Bertram's career, the third-most in GVSU history. Moments later, Bertram was driven home on a two-bagger to right field from junior Tonya Calkins to make the score, 7-2.
In the circle for the Lakers, Hannah Santora was again strong. In less than ideal conditions, the senior righthander tossed a complete game six-hitter to move to 14-0 on the season. Santora gave up two earned runs, walked only one batter, and struck out three Warriors. She induced 12 WSU groundouts in the 13th complete game she has thrown this season.
Bertram led the way offensively, going 3-for-4 with a double, a run, and an RBI. The only other Laker with more than one hit was Briauna Taylor (2-for-4, double, RBI). Cleary's home run was her third roundtripper of the season and 31st of her career.
The offense continued into game two. Kosola (single), Briauna Taylor (reached on an error on a sacrifice bunt), Martin (intentional walk) loaded up the bases in the bottom of the first inning. Bertram came up and hit a grand slam down the left field line to push Grand Valley State out to a 4-0 advantage after the first four batters of the inning. The blast was Bertram's second this season and 20th of her career, putting her in a tie (with Briauna Taylor) for fifth place on the GVSU all-time list.
In the second stanza, Holt (walk), Kosola (single), and Briauna Taylor (walk) packed the bases full of Lakers. This time it was Martin's turn, as the GLIAC's all-time leading home run hitter hit a towering shot to left center field that cleared the fence for an 8-0 lead. It was her ninth homer of the season and 48th of her career.
Four more runs came across in the third inning for Grand Valley State. Briauna Taylor tallied an RBI single, a run scored on a Warrior error, and Bertram added a two-run single to extend the lead out to 12-0.
Wayne State would get two runs across the plate in the fourth inning before GVSU answered with five runs in the bottom half of the frame. Holt hit an RBI double, Briauna Taylor smacked a two-run double to right center, and Martin's two-run single concluded the scoring at 17-2.
All that run support was more than enough for freshman Sara Andrasik, who was fresh off her no-hitter against Ferris State last Sunday. Andrasik, 11-2 on the season, did not allow a hit until the fourth inning and gave up just two runs and three hits in the game. She walked five batters and struck out five Warriors in five innings in the circle.
Both Bertram and Martin went 2-for-3 with grand slams and six RBI apiece. Kosola (3-for-4) and Briauna Taylor (2-for-2, double, 3 RBI) each scored four runs, while Holt was officially 1-for-1 with a double, two walks, and three runs scored. It was the sixth time this season that GVSU has scored at least 10 runs in a game.
Grand Valley State travels to University Center, Mich. on Sunday (Apr. 14) for a conference twinbill with Saginaw Valley State. Those games are slated to begin at noon.