No. 13 UNOH Takes Two at Madonna
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Baseball - Sat, Apr. 15, 2017
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(13)Northwestern Ohio
Madonna University
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Madonna (22-11, 14-6 WHAC)100000010293
Livonia, MI Illitch Ballpark
UNOHPitchingMadonna
K. ThomasWinner-
-Loser Alex DeYonker
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UNOHIndv. StatsMadonna
2 Players (#7,#86)Doubles #8 Jared Hagan
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#86 J. GomezHome Runs #14 Taylor Grzelakowski
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Madonna (22-14, 14-7 WHAC)3010010005122
Livonia, MI Illitch Ballpark
UNOHPitchingMadonna
S. AmosWinner-
-Loser Taylor Turner
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UNOHIndv. StatsMadonna
#42 Ra. LozadaDoubles #6 Ryan Lambrecht
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3 PlayersHome Runs #15 Jalen Thomas

LIVONIA, Mich. – Opening a three-game series against Madonna University, the NAIA No. 13 University of Northwestern Ohio baseball team looked to take two from the Crusaders on Saturday afternoon.

The Racers (32-10, 21-1 WHAC) secured the doubleheader sweep over MU (22-12, 14-7 WHAC) with a 6-2 game one followed by a strong 14-5 finale.

The Crusaders opened the day strong by taking an early 1-0 lead and surrendering nine of the first ten Racer batters while hold UNOH scoreless through the early parts. However, the Racer pitching and defense picked it up with six consecutive scoreless innings of its own to prevent the deficit from expanding.

It was in the top of the fourth when the Racer offense started to click as UNOH evened the game at 1-1 thanks to a RBI single by Rafael Lozada which scored Jose Paulino. UNOH followed that up with back-to-back innings which added two runs each.

In the fifth, Kyle Fisher drove in Carlos Baerga, Jr. before recording his conference-leading 29th base of the season. Fisher then capitalized on an error by Madonna's centerfielder to score the second run of the frame.

History was then made to start the sixth as Junior Gomez ripped his eighth home run of the season, surpassing Jose Cruz for the most home runs hit in a single season. The second run was scored on DayFran Ortiz sacrifice fly which scored Rafael Lozada.

The teams went on to trade runs in the eighth inning as the Racers went on to secure the opener.

Altering the regular weekend rotation, Kyle Thomas (7-1) threw 6.2 innings in the start to earn the win. He surrendered one run off six hits while recording nine strikeouts. Ross Cervantes got the Racers out of a jam in the seventh to record the final out of the inning against his lone batter while Damon Proctor closed out the final two innings.

The offense got off to a quick burst in game two as Fisher ripped a lead-off homer on a full count. However, the Crusaders quickly claimed a 3-1 lead thanks to a three-run bomb in the bottom half of the frame.

The homers kept coming as Jeff Cardenas ripped a two-run shot for UNOH in the third to even the score. The stalemate did not last long as Madonna scored the first run of the game which was not as a result of a home run to reclaim the lead.

In the top of four, UNOH recorded three runs off of a trio of hits and a Crusader error to take the lead for good. Erich Gonzalez ripped a RBI single through the left side to score Felix Correa before a two-run single was notched by Lozada.

UNOH and MU traded runs in the sixth before a massive six-run eighth put the game away for the Racers. Ortiz highlighted the frame with a two-run homer while Cardenas and Lozada also added two RBIs. The Racers scored their final run on a dropped third strike in the ninth.

Steven Amos (2-0) earned the win as UNOH used five pitchers in the contest. Amos pitched 2.2 innings of one-run, three hit relief while Mike Alexander got the no-decision in the start. Ross Cervantes and Caden Pratt provided a combined 1.2 innings while Proctor made his second appearance of the day with the final two innings. In total, UNOH struck out nine Crusaders in the game.

The series will conclude with a single contest scheduled to be played at Comerica Park, the home of the Detroit Tigers. That game is scheduled for a 7 PM start on Wednesday, April 19.