LIVONIA, Mich. – The Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University baseball team split the season series with Madonna (Mich.) University 9-8 (10 inn.) and 7-3 (7 inn.) on Wednesday afternoon in Livonia, Mich.
Lawrence Tech (30-12, 11-5) reached a program milestone today, winning its 30th game of the season for the first time in their history. The 9-8 win took 10 innings as Jackson Walkowiak's double to left-center scored Brian Corbett and Tyler Cleasby to give Lawrence Tech a 9-7 lead heading in the bottom of the ninth.
Ben Schmidt finished the game on the mound, going two innings including the ninth to earn his fifth win of the season. Schmidt did get into trouble in the final inning giving up a pair of walks and a single as Madonna scored one run, but a double-play ended the game.
Madonna (27-16, 11-5) opened the game with a five-run first inning to take a 5-1 lead on the Blue Devils, but LTU battled back with three runs in the third, a run in the fourth, two in the seventh, and a pair in the 10th to earn the comeback win. Sam Brace got the start, going four inning allowing seven runs – two earned – with five hits. Brace and Caleb Homan combine for five straight innings of shutout baseball including Homan's four innings with four hits and three walks.
Walkowiak went 3-for-5 to lead the Blue Devils with three RBI and one run. Sean Marshall got the start in center and went 2-for-5 with two runs while Ryan Robinette and Max Mohring each had two RBI and two walks.
In the second game, the Blue Devils struggled to get their offense going with just three runs over seven innings. The Crusaders took the early 1-0 lead after the first inning, adding three runs in the second, and one in the third to take a 5-2 lead. They added a run in each of the fifth and sixth to secure the shortened game 7-3.
Jay Gallant got the start for Lawrence Tech going 1.2 innings allowing four runs on two hits with five walks. Kyle Wolter went 2.1 innings allowing a run on four hits followed by Schmidt and Simon Lidwell. Walkowiak and Corbett each went 2-for-3 from the plate to lead LTU while Fannon had two RBI. Nick Allen had the third RBI with two walks.
The Blue Devils are back on the diamond Saturday, April 20 when they host Concordia (Mich.) University – Ann Arbor at 1 p.m. in Utica, Mich., at Jimmy John's Field.