03/30/2014 – The baseball team split a doubleheader at Siena Heights over the weekend. The four game set was reduced to a just a pair of games on Sunday due to poor field conditions on Saturday. Aquinas now sports a 9-8 overall record and a 1-1 record in league play, while the Saints from Siena share a 1-1 WHAC mark and are now 8-9 on the season. The Saints have a quartet of doubleheaders slated for this week against Davenport, Purdue North Central and Lourdes.
The two offenses treated the first game of the double dip as glorified batting practice. A combined 23 runs and 27 hits were recorded by the two WHAC foes. Aquinas jumped out to an early 3-0 advantage after their half of the first inning. A two run triple by Mark Lepri and a RBI by Justin Caudill gave Saints starter, Kevin Schafer, an early cushion. The lead was quickly erased as the home team bounced back with four runs on four hits in their half of the first. A Colin Brand sacrifice in the second knotted the game at four before Siena erupted for four more runs in the bottom of the third. Trailing 8-4, the Saints would score the next five runs over the middle innings to recapture the lead at 9-8 after six innings. Kyle Orlowski and Brendan Penny both were credited with a pair of RBI's, while Jimmy McDonagh knocked in a run on a fielder's choice. A solid three and two thirds innings by Tyler Strevel (0 runs, 3 hits) kept the Saints in the contest.
Aquinas would relinquish the lead a third time in the bottom half of the seventh as Siena's offense struck for two more runs to take a 10-9 lead into the late stages of the contest. The Saints persistence paid off as Aquinas found the equalizer in the top half of the ninth on a one out single of the bat of Brad Slis. The contest headed to extra innings with Kaleb Ort on the mound for the Saints. Ort, in a relieving role, had pitched a perfect eighth and ninth inning for Aquinas. The top half of the tenth saw the Saints sting Siena with three more runs. The game winner was scored by Brendan Penny on an error by Siena Heights. Insurance runs were produced by Paul Woloszyk and Brad Slis. Slis concluded game one by going 4-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI's. Ort was deemed the winner as he stuck out four and silenced the Siena bats in his three scoreless innings.
After a three and a half hour marathon, which was game one, the two teams had to get right back up for the back half of the doubleheader. Cody Ritsema got the start for the Saints, but was only able to go one and two-thirds. Logan Bush was inserted in the second and kept Siena scoreless during his stint on the mound. Trailing 1-0, Aquinas broke out in the fourth with a three-run inning. The Saints received a two run single by catcher KJ Hartger and a run producing base hit by Brand. Aquinas, who was nursing a 3-1 lead heading into the bottom half of the sixth, was smelling the sweep. The home team mounted one last comeback and scored three times in the decisive inning to secure the 4-3 win. Siena's Matt King recorded the victory, while Aquinas' Christian Potter suffered the loss.