The SVSU baseball team continued their momentum this past week, claiming two victories over visiting GVSU on Friday, March 29, after claiming a massive 14-8 victory at Hillsdale on Tuesday, March 26.
“We pitched it pretty good, we played defense and we got some timely hitting,” head coach Steve Jaksa said. “You put all of that together and you’re gonna be in the games you’re in. We’ve been able to be in those games, and thus figure out how to win them.”
In a shortened home game on Friday, the Cardinals had a smaller window to get the victory over the Lakers.
Senior outfielder Craig Wilson got the action started early with an RBI single, scoring junior outfielder Collin Winters in the first.
GVSU was not able to respond, as the following five innings saw no runners crossing the plate for either squad. In the sixth inning, both teams’ bats caught fire.
After Grand Valley scored a trio of runs to conclude the top of the inning, the Cardinals responded with three runs of their own.
The Cardinal runs came via an RBI single from freshman catcher Anthony Kania and a two-RBI single from Winters. That was enough to give the Cards their lead back and finish the game with a 4-3 victory.
The second game was all SVSU early, as the team managed to put together four unanswered runs over six innings.
Errors plagued the Lakers through the first six, but they came alive with a pair of runs of their own when GVSU’s Anthony Cocco brought two in with a big triple in the top of the seventh, making it a 4-2 deficit for GVSU.
Senior infielder Jordan Swiss scored for SVSU on another fielding error that gave the Cardinals a lead that they would hold until the end.
The Cards defeated the Lakers with a final score of 5-4.
“We got to continue to play like that,” Jaksa said. “If we’re gonna be a factor, if we’re gonna be good, we’ve got to do those [intangibles].”
The team looks to continue their success at home, making up a couple of games against GVSU that were canceled last week due to inclement weather.
The games will take place today for a doubleheader beginning at 1:05 p.m. and 4:05 p.m.
They’ll pick up regular action again at home on Friday, April 5, at 3:05 p.m. and a doubleheader on Saturday, April 6, at 12:35 p.m., both against Ashland.
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