@MUCrusadersBSB Falls to Davenport; Grzelakowski Named Player of the Year
Baseball - Sun, May 7, 2017
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TOURNAMENT HOME | LIMA, Ohio – The fifth-seeded Madonna University baseball team won the regular season series over second-seeded Davenport University, but it was the Panthers who won the second game of the 2017 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference tournament at University of Northwestern Ohio's Racers Field at St. Rita's Sports Complex on Sunday afternoon, 10-5.

Before the game, the WHAC announced the 2017 postseason awards and Madonna's Taylor Grzelakowski (SR/Fraser, Mich.) was named WHAC Player of the Year and First-Team All-Conference while Jalen Thomas (SO/Southfield, Mich.) was named to the Gold Glove Team for his defensive prowess in left field.

Madonna tallied 11 hits, but also struck out 11 times and had three errors in the loss. Thomas led the offense with a 3-for-5 day from the leadoff spot with a run scored and two RBI. Matt Deneau (JR/Amherstburg, Ontario) added two hits and his courtesy runner scored twice. Jared Hagan (JR/Dearborn Heights, Mich.) had two RBI and Grzelakowski drove in a run as each had one hit.

Thomas was stranded at second after he led off the game with a single, but Madonna got to DU starter and 2017 WHAC Newcomer of the Year, Grant Wolfram, in the second.

Mitch Hudvagner (JR/Cottam, Ontario) got the two-out rally started with a single to left and Deneau and Danny Blade (FR/Wyandotte, Mich.) each singled to load the bases. Thomas stepped up and smacked his second single up the middle, which scored two runs. Grzelakowski followed with a base hit to the right side for a 3-0 lead.

Brian Sobieski cut into the lead in the bottom half as he homered to right field. Three singles, the last with one out, scored the second Panthers run.

In the third, the Crusaders stranded a runner in the top half before Davenport took the lead. The Grand Rapids school scored three runs on three hits and one MU error. A fielder's choice, single and sacrifice fly accounted for the runs and put the home team up 5-3.

The Blue and Gold fought back in the fourth as Deneau led off with a single, Thomas doubled with one out and Grzelakowski was intentionally walked to load the bases. Hagan made the Panthers pay with a two-run single up the middle to tie the score.

The Panthers took the lead for good in the bottom half as three consecutive hits scored a run. A four-run fifth that featured five hits and an MU error broke the game open and the Crusaders failed to record a hit over the final five innings in the loss.

Johno Rodriguez (SR/Sterling Heights, Mich.) (8-4) took the loss as he allowed eight runs, seven earned, on 11 hits over four innings with one walk and one strikeout. Zack Schmidtke (SR/Dearborn Heights, Mich.) surrendered two runs on three hits with a walk and a strikeout in 0.1 innings while Layne Gusler (SR/Woodhaven, Mich.) tossed 3.2 scoreless innings with two hits and four strikeouts.

Wolfram (13-1) earned the win as he allowed five runs on 11 hits in five innings with six strikeouts and one walk while Jonathan Cheshire tossed four perfect innings of relief with five strikeouts to earn his 10th save.

Anthony DiPonio and Brandon Larkin-Guilfoyle paced the DU offense as each had three hits with the former driving in three and scoring once.

In game one of the tournament, top-seeded UNOH defeated Cornerstone University, 12-2 and fourth-seed Concordia University-Ann Arbor ended day one with an upset of third-seed Indiana Tech.

The Crusaders will travel north on I-75 to face sixth-seed Cornerstone in an elimination game at 12 p.m. on Monday, May 8 at Mercy Field in Toledo, Ohio. The winner will play again at 7 p.m. in Toledo against either the winner of UNOH and Indiana Tech or the loser of Davenport and Concordia.  

A complete breakdown of tournament seeds, field locations and the bracket is available via the UNOH sports information department here.

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Record: 9-0 Home: 6-0 Away: 3-0 WHAC: 9-0