Senior Daniel Schneider scored three runs in weekend series with Purdue-North Central
MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — Following a rout of Purdue University-North Central (Ind.) in game one of a three-game series on Friday, the Olivet Nazarene University baseball team traveled for the remaining doubleheader, looking to complete the sweep of the Panthers. The Tigers were able to hold on to game one by a score of 6-5, but failed to win game two (4-3) after falling behind 4-0 after three innings.
Game one started at noon as senior righty Ben Heller (Whitewater, Wis.) (4-2) took the ball for the Tigers (13-10, 2-2). He went five strong innings allowing five runs — four earned — off five hits while striking out four. Freshman Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) (1) came in relief — earning his first career save — and pitched the final two innings, allowing only two hits, forcing four fly balls in six outs.
The starter for Purdue-North Central (7-5, 3-3) was Brenden Spongberg (2-2). He also went five innings and allowed all six runs — three earned — off six hits and walked six batters. Tim Newman finished the game only allowing one hit in two innings.
The first inning was friendly for the visiting Tigers as they posted three runs to start the game. They immediately loaded the bases with one out when Matt Davenport (Swayzee, Ind.) singled to score two runners. The bases were again loaded when Jordan Hayes (St. Charles, Ill.) hit a sacrifice fly scoring Ryan Kern (Bloomington, Ill.). ONU scored again in the third when Davenport doubled and was followed by a Kern RBI single. The Panthers came back in the fourth with a run of their own when Ched Gaskin doubled, scoring Olund. The Tigers tacked two more on in the fifth on one hit and two errors. That’s when the Panthers came back with four to make a 6-5 game. They put four hits on the board, using a walk, balk and hit-by-pitch to make a one-run game. However, Madison Foster was able to shut down the comeback as the Tigers held for the win.
For the Tigers, Davenport had three hits, two RBIs and one run. Kern had one hit and two runs. Hayes had one hit and two RBIs.
For the Panthers, Anderson Spencer finished with 2-for-4 with a run. Anthony Olund had two hits, and a run and RBI apiece. Ched Gaskin had the other RBI on his lone hit of the day.
The opposite happened in game two as the Panthers took the early lead. After three innings, they led by 4-0. The Tigers only managed one hit in the first three innings. Purdue-North Central scored their first run when Kevin Gates doubled to score Greg Toliver. They put three more on the board in the third. They used an error, double and single to score three individual runs. ONU turned around and scored one run in the fourth when Matt Davenport doubled, scoring Kern after he doubled the at-bat before. They scored their second run in the fifth on a double by Adrian Perez (Chicago, Ill.), scoring Fahy. Neither team scored again until the eighth when Perez scored from third on a passed ball after walking earlier in the inning, making it a 4-3 game for the Tigers. They held the Panthers in the eighth but went down in order in the ninth.
Junior Jonathan Fightmaster (Bourbonnais, Ill.) (3-2) pitched seven innings and allowed four runs — two earned — off seven hits. Kevin Lasowski (Schererville, Ind.) allowed one hit in one inning of relief.
Dan Snyder (2-0) went 7 1/3 innings for the Panthers and allowed three runs — two earned — off five hits. Cody Jansen finished the game, forcing five straight ground balls to get the save.
For the Tigers, five players had a hit, three scored runs, and Perez and Davenport each had a RBI.
For the home team, Anthony Olund went 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run. Greg Toliver had two hits, one run and one RBI.
ONU will play a doubleheader on the road against conference opponent Roosevelt University (Ill.) on Wednesday, March 27, starting at 1 p.m.