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Baseball Sweeps Roosevelt to Open Four-Game Weekend; Fannon Receives Gold Glove Award

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- The Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University baseball team defeated Roosevelt (Ill.) University 8-7 (8 inn.) in game one and 9-8 in game two in Utica, Mich.

Before the game, Sean Fannon (JR/Grosse Pointe, Mich.) received his NAIA Rawlings Gold Glove Award from Jonah Schmidt. Fannon became the first Blue Devils baseball player to earn the prestigious honor.

Lawrence Tech (2-0) took a 3-0 lead after the third inning as Sean Fannon tripled to right-center field to score Eddie Dopkowski (SO/Romeo, MI) and Fannon scored on a Jackson Walkowiak (SO/Grosse Pointe, MI) sacrifice fly to make it 2-0 after the first inning. Walkowiak earned his second RBI of the game in the third inning, scoring Logan Barker(SO/Chatham, VA) on a single to center field.

Roosevelt (0-2) cut the lead to one as Lentini and Marrera scored for the Lakers to make it 3-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth. Walkowiak made it 4-2 with an RBI single followed by a Ryan Robinette (JR/Midland, Mich.) double that plated Picchioni and Walkowiak to give Lawrence Tech a 6-2 lead. Robinette scored on a wild pitch to give the Blue Devils a 7-2 lead.

Alek Wietrzykowski (SO/Toledo, Ohio) got the start on the mound, going 4.1 innings allowing one hit and two runs with five strikeouts and six walks. Matt Blunk (JR/Ann Arbor, Mich.) went 1.2 innings with one run allowed on two hits followed by Harry Storch(SO/Orlando, FL) with a third of an inning, giving up three runs to make it 7-6. The Lakers tied it at 7-7 on an RBI from Lentini with David Klug (JR/Traverse City, Mich.) on the mound.

Lawrence Tech had their chances in the bottom of the seventh, but the Lakers were able to force extra innings. Klug got through the eighth inning with no damage to set the Blue Devils up to win it in the bottom of the eighth. With one out, Fannon doubled to center field and scored on a walk-off single from Logan Barker.

Walkowiak went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored while Fannon went 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored including the game-winning run. Klug got the win, going 1.2 innings.

In game two, Lawrence Tech breezed through the first three innings with a 1-0 lead, but starting pitcher Sam Brace (JR/Metamora, Ill.) gave up five runs in the fourth as Roosevelt went up 6-1 after the top half of the fourth inning. The Blue Devils scored a second run in the bottom of the fourth and added four more in the bottom of the fifth as Fannon scored on an RBI single to make it 6-3. Barker scored Sean Marshall (FR/Royal Oak, Mich.) to make it 6-4. Robinette tied the game with a two-RBI single to left field and tie the game at 6-6. Jackson Walkowiak with another two RBIs with a single to right field to score Robinette and Luke Bushey (FR/Frankenmuth, Mich.) to give Lawrence Tech a 8-6 lead. Marshall made it 9-6 with an RBI single to score Cleasby.

Matt Baker (JR/Traverse City, Mich.) came in in the fourth inning, inheriting the bases loaded with one out. Baker gave up a pair of hits and a sacrifice fly to score three runs for the Lakers before settling down. Baker breezed through the fifth inning as LTU took the 9-6 lead in the bottom of the inning. Ben Schmidt (FR/Northville, Mich.) entered the game for his first collegiate action in the bottom of the sixth inning, giving up a walk before striking out the next two batters and inducing a fly out to end the inning.  

The Blue Devils went down in order in the sixth as Roosevelt scored a pair of runs to open the seventh to cut the Lawrence Tech lead to 9-8 with one out. Kyle Wolter (JR/Canton, Mich.) came into the game with one out and got the final two outs for to earn the save. 

Walkowiak added two more RBIs in the second game, finishing the day with five RBIs. Robinette went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored while Barker went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Matt Baker earned the win with Kyle Wolter getting the save. 

Both teams are back at it tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 23 starting at 1 p.m. in Utica, Mich.