MISHAWKA, Ind.—The Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University (2-2) baseball team dropped a pair of games vs. the Pilots of Bethel (Ind.) College (11-0) on Friday afternoon. Game one was a defensive battle that saw the Blue Devils come up short 1-3, and game two was won by the Pilots by a score of 6-2.
Hits were hard to come by in the first game, as the Pilots sent their ace to the mound. The Blue Devils were able to score their only run in the second inning. Brian Corbett led off the inning with a double down the left field line, and then advanced to third on wild throw. Head Coach Stan Eldridge knew the team needed to get a lead when they had a chance vs. the Pilots' ace; he put his trust in Ryan Robinette to get a squeeze down, and Robinette did just that. A well-executed squeeze play scored Corbett and gave the Blue Devils a 1-0 lead. The Pilots were able to get back even in the bottom half of the third, and scored two more in the sixth, giving them a two run lead going into the last inning. The Blue Devils were able to load the bases but could not come through with a clutch hit in the top of the seventh.
Sam Brace was sent to the hill to start the game for the Blue Devils. Brace with 2.2 innings allowing three hits, no runs, and fanned two Pilots. Jay Gallant came on in relief in the third and went three innings giving up two runs, one earned, and struck out two. Dominic Puccetti made an appearance in the sixth to strikeout a Pilot to prevent them for growing their lead.
The scoring started in the top of the fourth inning. Following a Brian Corbett single, the Blue Devils got on the board with a two-run long ball off the bat of Logan Barker. With a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the fourth, it was imperative that the Blue Devils defense put up a zero. Unfortunately, the Pilots offense came alive and got to starting pitcher Alex Wietrzykowski. Five different Pilots came around to score to give them a 5-2 lead, and they scratched across one more in the sixth to extend their lead to 6-2. The Blue Devils put a few good swings on balls in the seventh, but were unable to get any offense going to get back into the game.
Barker's home run was the only offense generated in game two that produced any runs. Corbett, Sam DeKuiper, and Colin Vandergroden all singled in the game as well.
Wiertrzykowski went three innings, gave up five hits, four runs, walked one, and struck out three. Caleb Homan was called upon in relief first. Homan pitched the next two innings and gave up two hits and allowed one unearned run. Also pitching in game two was Kent Madak, Jacob Pershern, and Kyle Hennessey. All three relievers recorded one out each.
The Blue Devils will not be back in action until February 21, 2020. They will be taking a trip down to Westfield, Ind. for four game weekend. They will be taking on Grace (Ind.) College on Friday the 21st, a double header vs. St. Xavier (Ill.) University on Saturday the 22nd, and finishing the weekend with another game vs. Grace College on Sunday the 23rd.