Offense, pitching lead @MUCrusadersBSB to Saturday sweep of Saints
Baseball - Sun, Sep. 24, 2017
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Game 1
7 Innings
Game 2
8 Innings
Siena Heights University
Final - Game 11234567RHE
Siena Heights Univ. (1-3, 0-1 WHAC)0000100141
Madonna University (1-0, 1-0 WHAC)310700X11152
Livonia, MI Illitch Ballpark
Siena Heights Univ.PitchingMadonna University
-Winner Taylor Turner
R. OlmsteadLoser-
Siena Heights Univ.Indv. StatsMadonna University
#23 Carson WladDoubles #14 Noah Renaud
NoneTriples None
NoneHome Runs #15 Jalen Thomas
Final - Game 212345678RHE
Siena Heights Univ. (1-4, 0-2 WHAC)00200000252
Madonna University (2-0, 2-0 WHAC)1041020412173
Livonia, MI Illitch Ballpark
Siena Heights Univ.PitchingMadonna University
-Winner Jack Ferguson
Wyatt WestLoser-
Siena Heights Univ.Indv. StatsMadonna University
2 Players (#18,#27)Doubles None
NoneTriples #24 Jimmy White
NoneHome Runs #15 Jalen Thomas

LIVONIA, Mich. – The Madonna University baseball team showed it has plenty of offense on Saturday as the Crusaders scored 23 runs and belted out 32 hits in a pair of mercy rule wins over Siena Heights University, 11-1 (7) and 12-2 (8), at Ilitch Ballpark. 


GAME 1: Madonna (1-0, 1-0 WHAC) 11, Siena Heights (1-3, 0-1 WHAC) 1 (7 Innings)

  • Madonna scored early and often in the 2017-18 season opener led by the bats of Jalen Thomas (JR/Southfield, Mich.) and Jimmy White (SR/Cincinnati, Ohio) who combined to go 5-for-8 with three runs and two RBI

  • Thomas got the scoring started with first inning fireworks as he homered to left center, to score White who mashed a ground-rule double to left center three pitches earlier in his first Crusader at-bat

  • Jared Hagan (SR/Dearborn Heights, Mich.) followed with a hit by pitch and scored on Mitch Hudvagner (SR/Cottam, Ontario)'s double for a 3-0 lead

  • Noah Renaud (SO/River Canard, Ontario) (pronounced Ren-OH) led off the second inning with his first Crusader hit, a double to right field and scored two batters later on a balk

  • The floodgates opened in the fourth as the Crusaders sent 11 batters to the plate and scored seven runs on seven hits

  • Five different players recorded an RBI in the frame with Renaud plating two with a double to left center

  • The lone blemish on the line for Taylor Turner (JR/Northville, Mich.), the Crusaders' starter, was an unearned run in the fifth as Kevin Ketvirtis singled to left with two outs, but moved up 90 feet on an error and scored on a single

  • John Bueckeleare (SO/Dearborn, Mich.) tossed a scoreless seventh to seal the 10-run win

GAME 2: Madonna (2-0, 2-0 WHAC) 12, Siena Heights (1-4, 0-2 WHAC) 2 (8 Innings)

  • Madonna's offensive onslaught continued in game two to back freshman lefty Jack Ferguson (JR/Livonia, Mich.) who was nearly flawless in his debut

  • Jerad Dokey (SO/Howell, Mich.) drew a one-out walk in the first inning and came around to score as Jared Hagan reached on a fielding error to plate the MU second baseman

  • The Saints took a brief lead with a two run third inning as a walk came around to score on a double and a single plated a second tally for an SHU 2-1 lead

  • Madonna answered right back in the bottom of the inning with four runs on four hits, highlighted by a White RBI triple and a double steal by Aram Sherigian (FR/Northville, Mich.) and Hagan with the later swiping home

  • Dokey was in on the scoring again in the fourth as he was hit by a pitch with one out and White followed with a run scoring single for a 6-2 advantage

  • Thomas and White were at it again in the sixth as the latter tripled with two outs and the former followed with his second home run to left center to push the lead to six

  • With closer Cliff Landess (SR/Carleton, Mich. ) primed to make his season debut, the offense had other plans as MU plated four runs on three hits in the eighth to end the contest early

  • Back-to-back one out walks by White and Thomas set up a two-run triple by Hagan who scored on a single by William Da Costa (SO/Toronto, Ontario)

  • Sherigian then delivered the final blow as he singled through the right side to plate Da Costa for the 12-2 victory


  • GAME 1

    • Turner earned the first win of the season as he allowed one unearned run on four hits with one walk and six strikeouts

    • Thomas and Sherigian each recorded three hits while Thomas scored twice and drove in a run and Sherigian scored a run

    • Three other Crusaders recorded a pair of hits while eight different players scored a run

    • Four different Saints recorded a hit in the contest

  • GAME 2

    • White and Hagan each recorded four hits in the contest while White was a perfect 4-for-4 with two runs scored, an RBI and a walk

    • Sherigian added three hits and drove in two runs while Thomas had two hits, scored three times and drove in three others

    • Ferguson nearly matched Turner's line as he allowed two runs on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts over 6.1 innings

    • Donovan Thacker (SO/Southgate, Mich.) finished the contest as he allowed a hit with a walk and three strikeouts in 1.2 innings of relief


  • On the team's play: "I was happy with the way our guys prepared for the heat today, took it seriously and stayed hydrated. I think overall we played pretty well today in every facet of the game." - Head Coach Ted Falkner

  • On Jimmy White"Jimmy's a gamer. Last year, with him being a medical redshirt, I told him 'I've never seen you play, I don't know what you can do," today was a pretty good showing. He's a tough kid, playing out of position, but we know he's going to battler every at battle every at bat and he proved that today." - Coach Falkner

  • On the pitching performances: "I think it has a lot to do with the approach we took from day one - knowing the expectation of playing catch every day the right way and I believe that translates to the mound. We have a lot of talent, but our mindset of how we want to pitch to hitters, get ahead and keep the leadoff man off base is key. I thought the guys did a great job of being the aggressor against the hitters today and really put guys away when we had the chance." - MU Pitching Coach Taylore Baker



  • The Crusaders and Saints wrap up the three-game Wolverine-Hoosier AThletic Conference series with a single nine inning game at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24. Live coverage of the contest is available on the Madonna Athletics Network at

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