|Final - Game 1||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|UNOH (31-10, 20-1 WHAC)||0||0||0||1||2||2||0||1||0||6||10||0|
|Madonna (22-11, 14-6 WHAC)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||2||9||3|
|Livonia, MI Illitch Ballpark|
|2 Players (#7,#86)||Doubles||#8 Jared Hagan|
|#86 J. Gomez||Home Runs||#14 Taylor Grzelakowski|
|Final - Game 2||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|UNOH (32-10, 21-1 WHAC)||1||0||2||3||0||1||0||6||1||14||17||1|
|Madonna (22-14, 14-7 WHAC)||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||5||12||2|
|Livonia, MI Illitch Ballpark|
|#42 Ra. Lozada||Doubles||#6 Ryan Lambrecht|
|3 Players||Home Runs||#15 Jalen Thomas|
LIVONIA, Mich. – An uncharacteristically poor defensive effort by the Madonna University baseball team, which included five errors in 18 innings, led to a pair of losses at the hands of No. 13 University of Northwestern Ohio at Illitch Ballpark on Saturday afternoon
The Crusaders (22-14, 14-7 WHAC) scored first in game one, but eventually fell 6-2. The Racers (32-10, 21-1 WHAC) scored first in game two and went on to win 14-5.
"We gave a good team extra outs and they took advantage of them," said Crusaders first-year head coach Ted Falkner. "We were not ourselves today. We played sloppy defense and didn't get the hits we needed. We need to control what we can control and focus on ourselves. We got away from that today and it showed."
In the opener, Jared Hagan (JR/Dearborn Heights, Mich.) doubled home Ryan Lambrecht (SR/Lake Orion, Mich.) in the first inning for a 1-0 lead and Crusaders' right-hander Alex DeYonker (SR/Livonia, Mich.) made it stand until the fourth. In the top of the fourth, a two-out single tied the game for UNOH.
DeYonker got two quick outs in the fifth but then a walk, a single, two stolen bases and an error put the Lima, Ohio program in front, 3-1.
A leadoff home run in the sixth by Junior Gomez, followed by a Madonna error and a walk ended the day for DeYonker. A bunt single loaded the bases and a sacrifice fly added the fifth run, but Johno Rodriguez (SR/Sterling Heights, Mich.) got a groundball and a strikeout to escape the jam.
Two hits and another MU error in the eighth led to the sixth run for UNOH. The home team got a jolt in the bottom of the frame from Taylor Grzelakowski (SR/Fraser, Mich.) who homered with one out, but 10 strikeouts and eight runners left on base prevented the Crusaders offense from getting going.
Grzelakowski and Mitch Hudvagner (JR/Cottam, Ontario) paced the Blue and Gold's nine hit attack as each had two. Five other Crusaders recorded a hit in the loss.
DeYonker allowed five runs, four earned, on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts in five innings while Rodriguez allowed one unearned run on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts in four innings of relief.
Game two had the makings of a home run derby as the two teams combined to hit four home runs in the contest. Kyle Fisher led off the game for the Racers with a home run to right center, but Jalen Thomas (SO/Southfield, Mich.) countered with a 3-run bomb over the scoreboard in left field for a 3-1 Madonna lead.
Jeff Cardenas continued the derby in the third as he drove a 1-0 pitch over the right-centerfield fence for a 2-run home run to tie the score. Thomas helped MU retake the lead in the bottom half as he reached on an infield single, stole second and scored on Frankie Lucska (FR/Garden City, Mich.)'s single to center. Matt Deneau (JR/Amherstburg, Ontario) drew a two-out walk to load the bases, but again Madonna could not get the hit they needed.
Two singles, a walk and an error tied the score and ended the day for Crusaders' starter Taylor Turner (JR/Northville, Mich.). A two-out single by Rafael Lozada plated two more to put the visitors up two, 6-4.
Carlos Baerga, Jr. single-handedly added to the lead in the sixth as he led off with a single, stole second, moved to third on a fly out and scored on a passed ball. Madonna loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning as Jerad Dokey (FR/Howell, Mich.) walked with one out then Lambrecht, Hagan and Grzelakowski each singled to cut the deficit to two, but a pair of pop outs ended the inning with MU trailing 7-5.
The Racers broke the game open late with six runs on four hits in the eighth before plating the 14th run in the ninth on two more hits.
Madonna amassed 12 with the first five batters in the order, Lambrecht, Hagan, Grzelakowski, Thomas and Lucska, each tallying two. Thomas drove in three and scored twice while Grzelakowski scored once and scored a run.
Five different Crusaders pitched in the contest and combined to allow 14 runs, 13 earned, on 17 hits with four walks and six strikeouts.
The Crusaders and Racers will wrap up their three-game conference series on Wednesday, Apr. 19 at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit with first pitch at 7 p.m. Custom tickets - which feature the seven seniors and Cruzer - for the game can be purchased online through Monday, Apr. 17 at www.madonnacrusaders.com/CrusadersatComerica. Generic tickets will be available at the box office located outside Gate A the day of the game. Adult tickets are $10 while students and children are $5.
"I'm excited for the opportunity to play at Comerica Park," said Falkner. "We are blessed to have the opportunity to play at such an incredible ballpark and I know our guys will be ready to go. They've worked hard all year and will be ready to compete at the highest level."
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