On Tuesday, senior Ryan Kern finished with four hits and seven RBIs against Hannibal-LaGrange
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — Olivet Nazarene University's baseball team and the Hannibal-LaGrange University (Mo.) Trojans combined for 31 runs, 31 hits, nine errors and 17 runners left on base in game one of Tuesday’s doubleheader. ONU came out a winner by the score of 16-15 after Kevin Lasowski (Schererville, Ind.) earned his fourth save of the season. In game two, Ryan Kern (Bloomington, Ill.) and Matt Davenport (Swayzee, Ind.) combined for five RBIs as the Tigers won 9-2.
Sophomore Ryan Archer (Moline, Ill.) started game one against Hannibal-LaGrange (3-5) and gave up 11 runs — four earned — off 10 hits. Freshman Matt Webber (Kankakee, Ill.) allowed four hits and one run in one inning of relief. Parker Shelton (Columbus, Ind.) (1-0) pitched a 1 2/3 innings and allowed two runs off two hits but gained the win. Lasowski got the final three outs but not after allowing one run off two hits.
For the Trojans, Jose Rivas started and went 1 2/3 innings, allowing 11 unearned runs off five hits. Josh Gronewald allowed one run off two hits in 2 1/3 innings of work. Charles Rapp (0-1) pitched the final three innings and gave up the winning run in the sixth inning for the loss. Rapp allowed four runs — one unearned —off five hits.
The Tigers (7-4) blew it wide open in the second inning, scoring 11 runs off five hits and three errors, and they were all with two outs. Josh Altmann scored the first run, then Justin Fahy (Fargo, N.D.) singled to score Nick Jones (Bourbonnais, Ill.) and Stefan Sauder (Morton, Ill.). Kern singled to score Daniel Schneider (West Salem, Wis.) and Fahy. Cody Haver (Valparaiso, Ind.) singled, scoring Adrian Perez (Chicago, Ill.). Altmann batted for the second time in the inning and doubled, scoring Lasowski, Haver and Kern. Stefan Sauder doubled to score Altmann for the 10th run of the inning. Jones reached on an error, scoring Sauder to make it 11-0.
Hannibal-LaGrange responded with four runs in the bottom of the second after a five-hit inning. Josh Altmann brought in his fourth run of the game in the third to make it 12-4. In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Trojans were able to score seven runs off seven hits to make 12-11. In the bottom of the fifth, they scored again to even up the game at 12 runs apiece when Travis Mundahl scored on a wild pitch. The Tigers responded with four runs in the sixth to give them a four-run cushion. Two doubles by Matt Davenport and Daniel Schneider got it started for the Tigers, then a two-run home run for Ryan Kern capped off the inning.
The Tigers held a 16-12 lead until the seventh, but managed to give up three runs in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs and a man on second, Kevin Lasowski struck out Broadstreet for the win.
Altmann went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs. Kern went 2-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs. Schneider went 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs. Haver had two hits, one RBI and two runs.
For the Trojans, Thad McVeigh went 2-for-4 with four RBIs and one run. Drew Morecraft went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs. Ian Sikes went 3-for-5 with one RBI and one run.
In game two, freshman Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) (1-1) threw 6 1/3 innings for the Tigers and allowed two runs off six hits. Freshman Garrett Saunders (Seffner, Fla.) finished the game striking out one in 2/3 innings.
Ian Hatton started for Hannibal-LaGrange (0-1) and went 2 1/3 innings, allowing six runs off seven hits. Denys Delgado, Andrew Pollard and Stephen Schneiders finished the final 3 2/3 innings, each allowing one run and one hit.
Olivet got the bats going well, scoring seven runs in the first three innings. They tacked on two more in the fourth and fifth to take a 8-1 lead going into the sixth. The Trojans managed one more run after a Blake Zurliene sac fly scored Travis Mundahl.
Ryan Kern finished 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs, hitting two doubles. Matt Davenport went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Justin Fahy and Adrian Perez each finished with two hits and two runs scored. Sauder and Aaron King (Pekin, Ill.) scored a run.
For the Trojans, Mundahl and McVeigh had two hits apiece. Zurliene, Morecraft and Hurley finished with one hit.
ONU will continue play in Florida with a doubleheader against No. 24-ranked Madonna University (Mich.) on Thursday, March 7, starting at 10:30 a.m. (EST).