Cards drop two consecutive doubleheaders
March 29, 2010 —
After a 5-0 start in the GLIAC, the Cardinals have fallen on hard times.
They dropped doubleheaders at Hillsdale and Ashland to bring their overall record below .500 at 8-10.
In game one against Hillsdale, the Cardinals fell behind by four runs in the first inning and lost 6-3.
SVSU scored two runs in the third inning to get within 4-2. Hillsdale scored two in the fourth to put the game out of reach.
Senior outfielder Charlie Thomas hit his fourth home run of the season in the fifth inning to end the scoring for the game.
Senior pitcher Jon Tibaudo took the loss for the Cardinals. He pitched 3.2 innings and allowed ten hits and six runs. He struck out three.
In the second game, Hillsdale scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to win in walk-off fashion 2-1.
Hillsdale opened the scoring in the second inning on a home run off Cardinal freshman pitcher Carson Beauchaine.
SVSU responded with a run in the sixth inning, an RBI off the bat of senior second baseman Kevin Dore.
Hillsdale opened the final inning with a single to right field. After a sacrifice bunt moved the Hillsdale runner to second base, the Cardinals intentionally walked the next batter. With men on first and second, Hillsdale catcher Jamie McNeill singled up the middle to score the game-winning run.
Against Ashland, the Cardinals took a 1-0 lead in the top half of the first inning. After that, it was all Eagles.
Ashland responded with four runs in the bottom half of the first to regain the lead and eventually win 13-3. The 13 runs allowed are the most SVSU has allowed all season.
The Cardinals scored single runs in the first, third, and seventh innings, although couldn’t manage a hit in the rest of the innings.
Junior pitcher Kevin Kerner pitched 3.2 innings for SVSU, allowing 11 hits and nine runs. Junior pitcher Mike Sprinkles pitched one inning in relief and gave up five hits and four runs.
The ten-run loss is the worst loss suffered this year.
In the final game, the Cardinals gave up the game’s first seven runs en route to a 7-2 loss.
The Eagles scored two runs in each of the first, fourth, and fifth innings. Two Ashland doubles in the sixth inning gave them their seventh run.
SVSU avoided getting shut out when it scored two runs in the seventh inning. The Cardinals ended the inning with three men on base.
For the game, SVSU committed four errors. The four errors match a season high.
Junior pitcher Garrett Grundman pitched three innings and took the loss. He allowed three hits and three runs. Sophomore pitcher Colin Coulter pitched two innings and gave up five hits and three runs. Junior pitcher Matt Jacobson pitched the final inning, giving up two hits and one run. He struck out two Eagle hitters.
The losses drop the Cardinals into fourth place in the GLIAC standings. They trail Wayne State, Ashland and Grand Valley.
SVSU and Ashland were scheduled to play a nine-inning game Sunday. It was canceled due to rain.
The Cardinals look to get back on the winning track when they welcome Findlay in for a doubleheader Wednesday. The first game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. SVSU will be on the road for the next two weeks following the Findlay games.