Box Scores: Game One | Game Two
Site: Livonia, Mich. (Ilitch Ballpark)
Score: Madonna 9, Davenport 5; Madonna 12, Davenport 6
Records: MU (23-7, 10-1 WHAC), DU (23-12, 8-6 WHAC)
Next MU event: Wednesday, April 17 – vs. Siena Heights (Ilitch Ballpark) – 2 p.m.
LIVONIA, Mich. – Scoring runs with two outs was the story of the day for the Madonna University baseball team as the Crusaders scored 15 of their 21 runs with two outs in a doubleheader sweep of Davenport on Monday (April 15). MU rallied from a 4-1 deficit to win 9-5 in game one before doubling up the Panthers 12-6 in the nightcap of a Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference twin bill at Ilitch Ballpark.
MU (23-7, 10-1 WHAC) collected 11 hits in the day's opener with junior shortstop Victor Barron (Fowlerville, Mich. / Fowlerville), senior third baseman Justin Cook (Dresden, Ontario / Lambton Kent Secondary), freshman first baseman John Lauro (Rochester Hills, Mich. / University of Detroit Jesuit) and senior left fielder Steve Pelletier (Farmington Hills, Mich. / Harrison) each posting two hits. Cook, along with seniors Jeff Beckles (Southfield, Mich. / Lathrup) and Matthew Cook (Dresden, Ontario / Lambton Kent Secondary) all drove in two runs each.
DU (23-12, 8-6 WHAC) took advantage of the first four batters reaching base to open the game to score a pair of runs in the first and take a 2-0 lead. Madonna avoided further damage when junior catcher Donny Holland (White Lake, Mich. / Lakeland) picked off a runner at first before senior starter Peter Renaud (Holly, Mich. / Fenton) got a double play to end the inning.
The Crusaders got on the board in the bottom of the frame when Pelletier reached on a one-out single before moving to second on a wild pitch. Justin Cook scored Pelletier with a single to left, pulling MU within a run, 2-1.
The Panthers added two more runs in the third to take a 4-1 lead as the first three hitters reached base. Michael Allen doubled in the third DU run before Edward Grochowalski singled home the fourth to give DU a three-run lead.
After two scoreless innings MU took the lead with five runs in the last of the fifth. Freshman second baseman Shane Dokey (Howell, Mich. / Brighton) hit a triple to straight away center with one out and scored on a Pelletier single to make it 4-2. Lauro doubled two batters later to score Pelletier and pull MU within one, 4-3. Matthew Cook drew a walk to put two on for Beckles. Following a pitching change Beckles singled up the middle to score both Lauro and Barron – who reached on a bunt single - and put MU on top 5-4. A ground ball by freshman right fielder Christian Holder (Dearborn Heights, Mich. / Divine Child Catholic) scored Matthew Cook from third with the sixth MU run of the game to put MU in front by two, 6-4.
DU pulled within one in the top of the sixth on an RBI single by Jotham Woo for a 6-5 game.
The Crusaders put up three more runs in the bottom of the inning to extend their lead to four, 9-5. Justin Cook singled home Barron with one out to make it 7-5. Lauro followed Cook with a single and both runners came home on Matthew Cook's triple down the right field line for a 9-5 lead.
Junior righty Dan Stoney (Canton, Mich. / Canton) threw the final three and one-third innings, allowing just one hit and working around a one-out hit batter for his first collegiate save. Renaud earned his third win of the season after going the first five and two-thirds innings. Renaud (3-1) was effectively wild, walking three in his win.
Allen and Woo each had three hits for DU in the opener with Woo driving in three runs.
Freshman right hander Evan Piechota (Livonia, Mich. / Stevenson) earned his third win of the season in the nightcap, throwing three and one-third innings in relief of sophomore starter Justin Hicks (Fowlerville, Mich. / Fowlerville). Piechota (3-0) struck out one and walked two but held the Panthers to just two hits and did not allow a run. Hicks scattered seven hits and struck out one as well.
Barron led MU at the plate with three hits while Justin Cook and Holland each had a pair. Barron and Lauro each drove in three runs while Beckles and Holland both had a pair of RBIs in the 12-6 victory.
MU scored five of its runs in the bottom of the first, all coming home with two outs. After the first two Crusaders went down in order, Barron reached on an infield single and moved to second on a walk to Justin Cook. Lauro then stepped in and hit his second home run of the season, a three-run shot to right that gave the home side a 3-0 lead. After a walk to Matthew Cook, Beckles came up and hit his first home run as a Crusader, a two-run blast that went to right, giving MU a 5-0 lead after one.
The Panthers came back with two runs of their own in the top of the second, getting RBIs from Cam Cooper and Derek Dennis to pull within three at 5-2.
The Crusaders matched the Panthers with two runs in the bottom of the frame, again scoring with two outs. Pelletier walked and aver moving to third on a Barron single, came home on a wild pitch to make it 6-2. Justin Cook followed with a double to score Barron and give MU a 7-2 lead.
A solo home run from Grochowalski in the third trimmed the MU lead back to four, 7-3 but the Royal Blue and Gold came back with two more two-out runs in its half of the inning. Senior center fielder Alex Charles' (Farmington Hills, Mich. / Brother Rice Catholic) RBI drove in sophomore Mike Tibbits (Plymouth, Mich. / Detroit Catholic Central) with the eighth MU run before Charles came home on a Pelletier single for a 9-3 lead.
DU turned the tables on MU in the fourth, scoring three runs with two outs and chasing Hicks. Ryan Manning, Allen and Grochowalski each drove in a run as the Panthers got back within three at 9-6.
The see-saw scoring continued in the bottom of the fourth as the Crusaders scored two more runs again with two outs. Justin Cook led off with a double and after pair of outs were recorded, Holder reached on walk, Holland cleared the bases with a double down the left field line for an 11-6 lead.
MU added its 12th run – the lone run in the game not scored with two outs – in the fifth on a RBI double from Barron that scored Dokey for the 12-6 final.
Piechota allowed just two base runners over the final three innings to seal up the sweep for MU.
DU starter Danny Sullivan took the loss after giving up nine runs in two and two-thirds innings of work. Sullivan (5-2) struck out three but walked four in the loss. Dennis and Grochowalski led DU at the plate with two hits each.
The Crusaders wrap up their eight-game homestand with a WHAC doubleheader against Siena Heights on Wednesday (April 17). First pitch at the Madonna Athletic Complex, home of Ilitch Ballpark is set for 2 p.m.
Contact: Patrick Moore (734) 432-5834
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