UTICA, Mich. -- The Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University baseball team swept Miami (Ohio) University - Hamilton in a three-game series on Sunday, October 7 at Jimmy John's Field in Utica, Mich. The Blue Devils won game one 5-1, game two 6-5 (10 innings), and game three 13-0.
Lawrence Tech (10-0) is now finished with their fall season, going a program record 10-0, their first 10-game winning streak and best start in program history. They scored a combined 24 runs this weekend and have scored 91 runs in 10 games this fall.
Sam Brace (JR/Metamora, Ill.) got the start on the mound, going five innings allowing one run on three hits with eight strikeouts and one walk to earn the win. Miami-Hamilton opened the game with a run in the top of the first on an RBI single to right, but the Blue Devils came back with four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Luke Bushey(FR/Frankenmuth, Mich.) hit his first homerun of his collegiate career, a two-run shot scoring Jackson Walkowiak (SO/Grosse Pointe, MI) to make it 2-1 Lawrence Tech. Ryan Robinette (JR/Midland, Mich.) followed with an RBI triple to center to score Tyler Childs (JR/Burt, Mich.) and give the Blue Devils a 3-1 lead. Logan Grizzell(JR/Colorado Springs, Colo.) than laid down a sacrifice bunt to score Robinette and pust the LTU lead to 4-1.
Brace breezed through the second, third, fourth and fifth inning facing 15 batters allowing one hit with six strikeouts. Walkowiak made it 5-1 in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single to right field. Jay Gallant (FR/Saginaw, Mich.) came into the game in the six, relieving Brace. Gallant faced one over the minimum, allowing a walk and striking out two in two innings pitched.
It needed extra innings to get a winner and this time it was Sean Marshall (FR/Royal Oak, Mich.) who came through in the bottom of the 10th with an RBI single to center field, scoring Nick Allen to give LTU a 6-5 walkoff win.
Caleb Homan (JR/Strongsville, Ohio) got the start on the mound, going just two innings as he allowed two runs on four hits with no strikeouts and two walks. Homan gave up two runs in the top of the first, but a three-run second inning gave the Blue Devils a 3-2 lead. Max Mohring (SO/Bloomfield, MI) got LTU on the board with a single to right to score Picchioni and Brian Corbett. Marshall broke the tie, scoring Grizzell to give Lawrence Tech a one run lead after the second.
The Blue Devils added a pair of runs in the fourth inning as Jared Roth (JR/Traverse City, Mich.) scored Eddie Dopkowski (SO/Romeo, MI) and Logan Barker (SO/Chatham, VA) doubled to right, scoring Marshall and pushing the LTU lead to 5-2. Miami-Hamilton fought back over the next three innings, scoring a run in the fifth inning.
Barnhart Jr., relieved Homan and went 1.2 innings allowing one run on three hits with one strikeout. Matt Blunk (JR/Ann Arbor, Mich.) came into the game in the fifth inning, going 2.2 innings allowing a pair of runs on one hit and two walks as Miami-Hamilton tied the game at 5-5. David Klug (JR/Traverse City, Mich.) entered in the seventh inning going 3.1 innings allowing one hit and one walk with one strikeout to earn the win in relief.
Alek Wietrzykowski (SO/Toledo, Ohio) didn't need much run support as he pitched a six-plus inning gem, shutting the Harriers down with just two hits, no runs and nine strikeouts to earn his second win of the season. Harvey Freed (FR/Milford, Mich.) pitched the final two outs of the game with one strikeout.
Lawrence Tech opened the scoring in the third inning with five runs. Sean Fannon (JR/Grosse Pointe, Mich.) got things started with an RBI double to score Marshall followed by a Corbett RBI single to plate Fannon and give LTU a 2-0 lead. Walkowiak tripled to right scoring Corbett to push the lead to 3-0 with Childs RBI making it 4-0. Childs scored the fifth run of the inning on a throwing error from Miami-Hamilton. Fannon's second double of the game gave LTU a 6-0 lead in the fourth inning and scored on Childs ground out to shortstop. The Blue Devils added six more runs in the sixth inning to make it 13-0.
Lawrence Tech returns to the diamond in the spring, highlighted by their week long spring break trip to Florida, which is slated from March 9 - March 17. Complete 2018-19 schedule to be released in the coming months.