Ole baseball swept by Saint Mary's in season finale
May 6, 2014
NORTHFIELD, Minn. - The St. Olaf baseball team finished their 2014 season on their home field, but unfortunately on a losing note, as the Oles were swept by Saint Mary's University by scores of 6-2 and 8-2 in a MIAC doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon at Mark Almli Field.
Game One: Saint Mary's 6, St. Olaf 2
The Oles staged a push in the fifth inning, but three late runs by Saint Mary's clinched a 6-2 win by the Cardinals in Tuesday's opener.
After St. Olaf cut a 3-0 lead to 3-2 with two runs in the fifth inning, the Cardinals answered with a pair of RBI doubles off the bats of Kevin Gannon and Ben Buerkle to regain a three-run lead. Buerkle finished 3-for-3.
Paul Lanasa capped off the scoring for Saint Mary's with an RBI in the top of the seventh.
The Oles' fifth inning rally came by virtue of RBIs from Nick Kulla and Tim Maus.
The Cardinals built their early 3-0 lead thanks to runs in the first, third and fouth innings.
Ben Dobosenski (2-5) picks up the victory after throwing four and one-third innings, giving up four hits, two earned runs and striking out three. Jake Mathison (2-4) takes the loss for St. Olaf, lasting three and one-third, giving up three earned runs and fanning three batters.
Game Two: Saint Mary's 8, St. Olaf 2
For the second-straight game, the Cardinals were able to bust open a tight game with a late outburst, scoring five runs over the final two innings to win game two 8-2 and complete the doubleheader sweep.
Saint Mary's nursed a 3-2 lead into the top of the eighth inning, where they came alive with three runs off of four hits to increase their cushion. The trio of Lanasa, Gannon and Buerkle rattled off RBIs in consecutive at-bats to do the damage.
Two runs in the top of the ninth inning concluded the scoring for the Cardinals, who held on to secure the third seed in the MIAC Playoffs.
The second game of the series featured plenty of offense, with 25 combined hits between the two teams. Saint Mary's held a 16-9 advantage in the hit department.
The squads traded runs in the opening frame, and the 1-1 game turned into a 3-2 game in favor of the Cardinals after the third inning, a score that remained until their late barrage.
Kap Davis went 3-for-5 and Jack Schechinger went 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored to lead the Ole bats.
Pitchers Nate Gelle, Joey Voss and Tim Maus split the action on the St. Olaf mound. Voss threw four scoreless innings after entering to start the fourth, but ran into trouble in the eighth frame.
The Cardinals, winners of six straight, now move on to play No. 2 seed Bethel in the opening round of the 2014 MIAC Baseball Playoffs on May 9 in Minnetonka, Minn.
The Oles finish their 2014 campaign with an overall record of 20-20 and a MIAC mark of 9-11.