04/11/2011 – The men's baseball team extended their winning streak to 13 games with a four game sweep of Concordia. Aquinas improves to 16-8-1 on the season and 7-0 in the WHAC, while the losses drop the Cardinals to 4-19 on the year and 0-10 in league play.
Saturday's game saw a pair of pitching gems turned in by Vince Misiewicz and Cory Garneau. Misiewicz earned his third victory of the year with the complete game shutout. Vince scattered five hits and struck out six in seven innings of work. Garneau improved his record to (4-1) with a victory in the back half of the twin bill. Cory allowed two runs on four hits during his seven innings of work. Saints closer, Jake Ritsema, finished off the Cardinals with two scoreless innings of work. Aquinas won game one by the count of 3-0 and the second game 9-2. The first game saw Austin King and Taylor Pawlanta account for two hits apiece. Game two featured strong performances by Kenned Less and Kyler Kolb. Less went 3-4 with two RBI's and one run scored, while Kolb went 3-3 with two runs scored and a RBI.
The hot bats and strong pitching continued on Sunday as the Saints defeated the Cardinals 5-0 and 13-3. Tyler Cole ran his record to 3-0 with the victory in game one. Cole allowed three hits in his seven innings of work to earn the shutout. Taylor Pawlanta continued his fine weekend of play by going 1-2 with three RBI's. Brent Butgereit recorded two hits, scored once and drove in one run for the Saints. In the final game of the four game set Aquinas' Josh Drake earned the victory while only pitching two innings. The duo of Kevin Schafer and Brian Loper were rock solid in relief as they shutout the Cardinals over the last five innings. Offensively, Taylor Pawlanta was all world as he went 4-4 with six RBI's. Three of Pawlanta's hits were of the two base variety. Austin King was also seeing the ball well as he went 3-3 with two runs scored and one RBI.
Aquinas will return to action on Tuesday as they host Hope College tomorrow at Kimble Field.