Senior Ben Heller won his fifth game against Roosevelt on Wednesday, he threw a four-hit complete game shutout
CRESTWOOD, Ill. — Senior Ben Heller (Whitewater, Wis.) got things started for the Olivet Nazarene
University baseball team on Wednesday, March 27, in game one by throwing a complete game
shutout against Roosevelt University (Ill.). The Tigers won the game 1-0, putting together 11 hits of their own. Another senior, Ryan Kern (Bloomington, Ill.), was instrumental in game two as the
Tigers scored four runs in the third inning for a 7-4 win. Kern hit his
fifth home run of the year off Roosevelt’s Marcus Radz. ONU’s two wins put them in a tie for first in the CCAC South Division, and they have won 10 of
their last 13 games overall.
The Tigers (17-10, 6-2) game one starter Ben Heller (5-2) took
the mound against the Lakers (3-9, 2-6) for the seventh time in 2013. He went the
distance, allowing only four hits, walking three and striking out six in the
For Roosevelt, Alex Van Ness (0-1) went 4 1/3 innings, allowing the Tigers lone run, and gave up eight hits. Liam Pegg finished the final
2 2/3 innings, allowing three hits and striking out three others.
In the first inning, the Tigers had an opportunity to get on the
board with two doubles, but a base running error kept ONU off the board. Olivet’s
next opportunity came in the third inning, but the Lakers kept the Tigers off
the board with a recorded out on the base paths. ONU put two more hits up in the
fourth but didn’t score until the fifth when Justin Fahy (Fargo, N.D.) doubled to score Stefan Sauder (Morton, Ill.), who was on third because of a passed
ball. The Lakers were able to put together three hits in their final three
at-bats but didn’t score.
ONU’s Fahy went 2-for-4, Daniel Schneider (West Salem, Wis.) had two hits, Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) went
2-for-3, and Jordan Hayes (St. Charles,
Ill.) had two hits.
Game two featured both team’s bullpens. The Tigers used four
pitchers, and the Lakers threw five different arms. ONU started freshman Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.)
(2-2), and he went 6 1/3 innings, giving up four runs — one earned — off six hits,
striking out five. Parker Shelton
(Columbus, Ind.) allowed one hit in 1 1/3 innings of work, and Joel Woodbridge (Brockton, Mass.) faced
two batters in 1/3 innings. Kevin
Lasowski (Schererville, Ind.) recorded the save in one inning of work, striking out two batters.
Roosevelt started Marcus Radz (1-2), who gave up five runs
off six hits in four innings. Dave Schalla pitched two innings and allowed two
hits. Nick Szynal gave up a run in the
seventh inning, and Ruben Lomeli allowed an unearned run in the eighth. Anthony
Carby struck out the side in the ninth.
Both starters had control until the top of the third when the
Tigers put four on the board, a lead they wouldn’t give back. They led off the
inning with back-to-back singles by Cody
Haver (Valparaiso, Ind.) and Jordan Hayes. Schneider brought home Haver on
a sacrifice fly. Adrian Perez (Chicago, Ill.) singled and scored Hayes. The
final two runs of the inning came off the bat of Ryan Kern when he hit a two-run
shot that scored Perez. ONU added a run in the fourth when Josh Altmann scored
on a balk. Roosevelt responded with runs in the fourth and fifth innings to
make it 4-2. In the fourth, Danny Grzywa scored when Richman reached on an error.
In the fifth, Danny Haze tripled, and Schwartz scored. ONU tacked on two more in
the seventh with a Perez RBI and an Altmann run scored off an error.
Roosevelt tried to keep it close with two in the seventh, but it wasn’t enough.
For the Tigers, Perez went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and one
run. Kern went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and one run. Altmann had one hit and
scored twice. Hayes went 2-for-3 with one run scored.
Danny Haze went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and one scored.
Jordan Gosztola had two hits and a RBI, and Sam Burnoski had two hits.
ONU will host conference foe St. Xavier University (Ill.) on
Friday, March 29, at 3:30 p.m.