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2013-04-24 Schneider saves the day, Kern hits two homeruns as ONU makes it 9 in a row with wins over Robert Morris
Dan Schneider (4)

Dan Schneider made a diving catch in game one against Robert Morris to win the game for the Tigers

Schneider saves the day, Kern hits two home runs as ONU makes it 9 in a row with wins over Robert Morris

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 8:39 AM
Ryan Kern (4)

Ryan Kern hit two homeruns in game two against Robert Morris to help the Tigers to a 12-2 win

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — It was a day for making big plays as the Olivet Nazarene University baseball team received outstanding performances from a few seniors to help in a sweep of Robert Morris University (Ill.). On Wednesday, April 24, the Tigers stretched their win streak to nine games and moved into sole possession of first place in the CCAC South Division.

In a 4-3 game one win, Kevin Lasowski (Schererville, Ind.) struck out the last two batters with the bases loaded in the fifth inning to preserve the lead, throwing six straight curve balls. He went on to earn his 10th save of the season. In the bottom of the seventh inning with two runners in scoring position, a ball was hit over centerfielder Dan Schneider’s (West Salem, Wis.) right shoulder, but he was able to track it down and make a diving catch to win the game.

In game two, the Tigers (30-16, 19-8) won in seven innings, 12-2. Ryan Kern (Bloomington, Ill.) hit two long balls, his 10th and 11th of the year, and drove in five runs in the process. With 11 home runs this season, he is tied for fifth all-time in a single season.

Paul Griffin (Pekin, Ill.) (4-3) started game one and went 4 1/3 innings, allowing four runs off six hits. Lasowski recorded the save of the year after 2 2/3 innings of work, allowing one hit and striking out three. 

The Eagles (27-15, 15-7) started Marco Salto (1-3), who pitched a complete game allowed four runs — three earned — off seven hits.

The Eagles scored two early runs in the top of the first when Alex Parks doubled, bringing home Jory Koehler. Kevin McDonald singled to score Parks to make it 2-0. The Tigers responded to tie the game when Adrian Perez (Chicago, Ill.) doubled and Justin Fahy (Fargo, N.D.) scoredJosh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) later singled in the inning and scored Perez. ONU scored another in the second when Dan Schneider singled to bring home Fahy. They made it 4-2 in the third after another Altmann RBI. Robert Morris got within a run in the fourth after a Pat Driscoll sacrifice fly. After the fourth inning, each team managed only one more hit as both pitchers settled in.

For the Tigers, Fahy went 1-for-2 with two runs and a walk. Altmann went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

The Tigers started senior Ben Heller (Whitewater, Wis.) (8-3) in game two. He went a complete seven innings, allowing two runs off only four hits. He struck out three and forced 17 ground ball outs.

Mario Ledesma (2-3) started for the Eagles but only went 1 1/3 innings allowing six runs — five earned — off six hits. Jake Yukich pitched 1 2/3 innings of relief and allowed six runs off six hits. Josh McQuery only allowed one hit in three innings of relief.

The Tigers exploded in game two, scoring eight runs in the first two innings to take a commanding lead. A sacrifice fly in the first inning got things going for Olivet. In the second inning, five hits and one error aided the Tigers' effort. Three batters reached safely on bunts. Schneider singled to score two runners, his second and third RBIs of the game. Ryan Kern hit his first of two home runs to make it 8-0. Heller only allowed one hit through six innings, while the Tigers piled on four more runs in the fourth. Schneider walked and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Perez singled and Kern hit his second home run of the game to make it 11-0. The Eagles finally put together three hits in the seventh and scored two runs, but it wasn’t enough to extend the game as ONU won by the 10-run rule in seven innings.

Schneider went 2-for-2 with three RBIs and two runs. Kern was 2-for-4 with five RBIs and two runs. Perez went 2-for-3 with two runs, and Jordan Hayes (St. Charles, Ill.) went 2-for-2 with a run.

ONU will be back on the field Friday, April 26, starting at 3:30 p.m., as they host Trinity Christian College (Ill.) for the third annual Armed Forces Day.