April 14, 2013
University Center, Mich. - For the eighth time this season, Grand Valley State captured a doubleheader sweep, as the #12 Lakers earned a pair of victories over Saginaw Valley State on Sunday afternoon (Apr. 14). GVSU took game one by a 7-6 final before blanking the Cardinals in a 2-0 win in the nightcap.
After outscoring Wayne State 24-4 on Saturday, the Lakers continued their strong run on Sunday with a perfect 4-0 road trip against a pair of perennially tough opponents. Grand Valley State moves to 27-3 on the season and 15-1 in GLIAC play. The Lakers have won 20 of their last 21 games. SVSU drops to 10-18 overall and 6-8 in conference action.
In game one, the 13 combined runs between the teams were scored in just four at-bats, with GVSU getting off to a strong start in the first inning. Nellie Kosola (lead-off walk) and Briauna Taylor (error) got on base as the Lakers' first two batters. Senior Katie Martin followed by adding to her all-time GLIAC home run record by blasting a three-run shot to left center field. Her 49th career homer put GVSU on top, 3-0.
Saginaw Valley State evened the score at 3-3 in the third inning with three run-scoring base hits off of GVSU starter Hannah Santora. The Lakers, however, answered with four runs in the top of the fourth. Kosola laced a one-out triple to left field, her 18th career triple, putting her in a three-way tie for the most triples in Grand Valley State history. She later scored on a single from senior Kayleigh Bertram, as the Lakers regained a 4-3 lead.
With Martin (who walked) on third and Bertram on first, senior Emily Jones delivered a three-run home run to left center to open up a 7-3 cushion. In the bottom half of the frame, Santora worked out of a bases loaded, two-out jam by getting a flyout to end the inning.
SVSU pulled within a run at 7-6 in the fifth inning on a three-run homer from pinch hitter Jenna Holmes that eventually knocked Santora out of the game. Freshman Sara Andrasik relieved Santora and retired the next two batters to move to the sixth inning. In that stanza, the Cardinals loaded the bases with one out, but Andrasik used a strikeout and a groundout on SVSU's fourth and fifth hitters to get out of trouble.
The score was still 7-6 in the bottom of the seventh when Andrasik notched the first two outs of the inning. After a hit by pitch and a single, the Cardinals had the winning run on first base, but Andrasik shut the door by striking out the final batter of the game and earning her first career save.
Despite some trouble, Santora earned her 15th win of the year, moving to 15-0 overall. That is the best start by a GVSU pitcher since Jen Mackson went 16-0 in 2003. She gave up six runs in 4.1 innings. Andrasik struck out five Cardinals and allowed just two hits in 2.2 innings of work.
Offensively, Martin and Jones each delivered three RBI with their roundtrippers. Martin was 2-for-2 with a double and two runs scored, while Kosola went 2-for-3 a triple and a pair of runs. Junior Tonya Calkins doubled and was 2-for-4.
Game two became a bit of a pitcher's duel, as each team's hurlers stranded several runners and forced missed opportunities. After not scoring in the first inning despite loading the bases with nobody out, GVSU put two runs on the board in the second frame. Junior Miranda Cleary hit her second homer of the weekend, a solo blast to left center to lead off the second inning.
The Lakers loaded the bases on a Brittany Taylor single, a bunt single from Kosola, and a walk to Martin. Bertram then walked to force in the second and final run of the game, giving GVSU the early 2-0 advantage.
In the meantime, Andrasik was working out of trouble, as she recorded consecutive strikeouts in the second inning while Saginaw Valley State had the bases loaded. When the Cardinals loaded the bases again in the third inning, Andrasik used a pop-up and a lineout to end the frame.
She settled down and retired nine straight batters from the third through the sixth innings, but SVSU made some noise in the seventh inning. With two outs, the Cardinals put two runners on base after a walk and a hit by pitch, but Andrasik induced a groundball out to end the game and give Grand Valley State its eighth doubleheader sweep of the year.
Andrasik moves to 12-2 on the season by scattering four hits over seven innings. She walked five batters, but struck out five Cardinals. SVSU stranded 10 baserunners in each game of the doubleheader. Kosola was the lone Laker with a multi-hit contest, as she was 2-for-4. Cleary (fourth homer) and Briauna Taylor (fourth double) had the only extra base hits of the game.
Grand Valley State returns home and is scheduled to take on Lake Superior State on Wednesday afternoon (Apr. 17) in Allendale. That rescheduled doubleheader from last Wednesday is slated for a 3:00 p.m. start.