Baseball falls to DU in three of four games

Freshman Austin Schweiger slides into third base against DU. Vanguard Photographer | Justin Kruskie

The SVSU baseball team faced a four-game series against Davenport at home this week, losing three out of four games.

The series opened on Thursday with the Cardinals falling to the Panthers 29-16.

Kendall Anthes pitched 4.1 innings, taking the loss on the mound after recording four strikeouts.

The game kicked off quickly with Davenport putting four runs on the board in the top of the first. An RBI single by Todd Paperd and a run scored by Hayden Jatczak on a wild pitch gave SVSU two runs in the bottom of the inning.

Davenport added four more runs in the top of the second, but the Cardinals came back with to match with four in the bottom including an RBI single by Austin Schweiger to score Reed Raymond.

The game became stacked against SVSU as the Panthers added two runs in the third, two in the fourth and a whopping 10 runs added in the fifth.

With Davenport leading 29-7, the Cardinals attempted to rally in the ninth, scoring nine runs including a two-run single by Dylan Golden and a two-run double by Andrew Burke, but it was not enough for the team to make a comeback.

Friday’s doubleheader against the Panthers began with a 28-10 loss for the Cardinals in a seven-inning game.

Jatczak pitched 3.0 innings in the game, taking the loss after recording three strikeouts.

Davenport got off to another quick lead, earning eight runs in the first and two in the second.

The bottom of the second brought a two-run double by Raymond, a two-run single by Colin Cornwell and a solo home run by Martin Money, totaling five runs for the Cardinals.

In the top of the third, the Panthers added eight more runs with SVSU earning three of its own in the bottom, including an RBI single by Burke.

With the score at 18-8 following two more runs by Davenport in the fourth, scoring concluded for the Cardinals in the bottom of the fifth with a two-run home run by Cornwell to score Raymond.

The Panthers solidified their win by adding nine runs in the sixth and one run in the seventh.

Friday’s second game brought the Cardinals’ sole win of the series with a 21-7 victory.

Raymond went 4-of-6 at the plate with four runs, Schweiger and Money each went 3-of-5 while Jatczak went 2-of-4.

Hunter Merillat earned the win on the mound after pitching 7.0 innings, allowing five hits and recording 11 strikeouts.

The Cardinals opened scoring with three runs in the third. An RBI single by Raymond scored Jeffrey Reseigh, a double by Schweiger scored Raymond and a single by Jatczak scored Schweiger.

In the top of the fourth, the Panthers scored their first run, but the Cardinals responded with seven runs later in the inning including two-run singles by Paperd and Raymond.

SVSU dominated the rest of the game, scoring four runs in the fifth, one in the sixth, four in the seventh and two in the eighth to take the win.

Saturday’s game finished the series with a close 5-4 loss for the Cardinals, dropping the team’s record to 17-17 overall and 8-8 in the GLIAC.

Tyler McLaren pitched 1.2 innings and recorded one strikeout before being relieved by Christopher Schmees who took the loss on the mound after pitching 4.2 innings and striking out two.

Following a scoreless first inning, Davenport scored a run in the second and another in the top of the fourth.

In the bottom of the fourth, a double by Paperd scored Money, Reseigh singled to score Paperd and Burke scored Reseigh on a double to put the Cardinals in the lead.

The Panthers added three runs in the seventh and while SVSU added another run in the eighth, the Cardinals were unable to make a comeback.

Next, the team will play Concordia University Ann Arbor at home on Tuesday at 3:05 p.m.

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