SVSU baseball found varied success last week, falling to Oakland before winning two out of three games against Parkside at home.
Tuesday’s game at Oakland ended with a 13-2 victory for the Golden Grizzlies, shutting out SVSU after 12 runs in the first three innings.
JJ Arbini started for the Cardinals, pitching 2.0 innings and striking out two, taking the loss on the mound. Kendall Anthes pitched an inning in relief, followed by 2.0 innings pitched by Chase Gruno. Kameron Marnon, Nolan Raymond and Brandon Scheurer also pitched during the game.
In the first, Tucker Roe scored Reed Raymond on a fielder’s choice to put SVSU on the board.
The Golden Grizzlies got a strong lead early on, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first, three runs in the second and five runs in the third to put them up 12-1.
A wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth allowed for Oakland to add another run to its dominating lead.
Jeffrey Reseigh scored Roe on a sacrifice fly in the eighth, but it was not enough to come back from Oakland’s early lead.
On Friday, the team began a four-game series at home against Parkside with a 22-9 victory.
Anthes pitched 6.0 innings to take the win after allowing seven hits, four runs and striking out 10.
Andrew Burke led the team with five RBIs, going 5-of-6 at the plate. Hayden Jatczak scored two doubles and a triple, going 4-of-5 at the plate.
After each team scored a run in the first and SVSU scored one in the second, Parkside tied things up with a run in the top of the third to take it to 2-2.
The Cardinals responded in the bottom of the inning with Todd Paperd scoring Jatczak and Connor McClennen on a two-run single and Martin Money scoring on a Parkside error.
Another error by Parkside allowed for Paperd and Austin Schweiger to score on a single by Burke, taking it to 7-2, SVSU.
Following two additional runs and an RBI double by Jatczak, the Cardinals were up 10-2 by the end of the third.
Roe scored on a sacrifice fly by Ethan Dufresne in the bottom of the fourth and this, along with four more runs in the fifth, brought it to 15-2, SVSU.
Parkside scored two runs at the top of the sixth, but SVSU answered with seven runs in the bottom of the inning including an RBI triple by Jatczak, taking the Cardinals’ lead to 22-4.
Parkside managed a run in the seventh and four in the eighth, but they could not catch up to SVSU.
The Cardinals split a doubleheader against the Rangers on Saturday, with Parkside taking game one, 3-2, and SVSU coming back to take game two, 7-4. This puts the Cardinals at 14-10 overall and 6-1 in the GLIAC.
In game one, Jatczak took the loss on the mound, allowing three runs, three hits and striking out five in 4.2 innings. Hunter Merillat pitched 2.1 innings in relief, posting five strikeouts.
A Parkside error allowed Raymond to score in the bottom of the first.
Parkside scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning, but the Cardinals scored one in the bottom of the inning to tie things up at 2-2.
An RBI single by the Rangers in the fifth gave them the lead and solidified the game’s final score.
In game two, Christopher Schmees pitched 5.1 innings to take the win, allowing three runs, three hits, and striking out five.
Raymond pitched the final 3.2 innings, striking out six and picking up his fourth save of the season.
Things were tied up 1-1 in the third after a run by Parkside was answered by a single from McClennen to score Dufresne.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Cardinals scored three runs including an RBI single by Burke to score Roe, taking it to 4-1, SVSU.
A two-run single by Parkside in the sixth brought it to 4-3, but an RBI triple by Money to bring home Jatczak and Raymond along with another Cardinal run in the seventh would put a Ranger victory out of reach.
Though Parkside scored a run in the eighth, the Cardinals came away with the 7-4 victory.
The team finished off the four-game series with a final game yesterday at 1:05 p.m., the results for which had not been posted at the time of this report.
Next up, the team will face U of M Dearborn at home on Tuesday at 3:05 p.m. followed by a home game against Lawrence Tech on Wednesday at 3:05 p.m.
The Cardinals will then travel to play at Wayne State on Friday at 3:00 p.m. followed by a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1:00 p.m.