Warriors conclude season with Senior Day sweep of Crusaders
WLC ties school record for wins in a season
May 7, 2011
MILWAUKEE - The Wisconsin Lutheran College baseball team concluded its 2011 season Saturday afternoon at Neumann Family Field by sweeping Northern Athletics Conference opponent Maranatha Baptist Bible College 11-6 and 11-2 on Senior Day.
Wisconsin Lutheran grabbed a quick 1-0 in the first game of the doubleheader after Tyler Schoen (Marion, Wis./Marion) singled home Justin Barkhurst (Crete, Ill./Illinois Lutheran) in the first inning. Maranatha took its only lead of the game in the second when it plated three runs on two hits for a 3-1 advantage.
The Crusaders lead did not last long however as the Warriors scored five times in the third frame off of four hits to jump in front 6-3. WLC received run-scoring hits from Barkhurst, Matt Lang (East Troy, Wis./East Troy) and Ethan Geis (Fond du Lac, Wis./Winnebago Lutheran) during the five-run frame.
Both teams followed with scoreless innings in the fourth and fifth before the visitors tied the score up at 6-6 in the sixth with three runs on two hits. WLC quickly responded again in the bottom of the inning with three runs of its own for a 9-6 lead. Cody Nevils (Boca Raton, Fla./West Boca Raton), Josh Ferrell (Cocoa, Fla./Temple Christian) and Schoen each added RBIs in the inning for the Warriors.
WLC's final two tallies of the game came from a Ryan Pollesch (Markesan, Wis./Markesan) RBI single in the seventh and a Lang RBI double in the eighth for the 11-6 final.
Barkhurst, Schoen and Doug Martin (West Bend, Wis./Kettle Moraine Lutheran) each went 3-for-5 in the opener. Schoen, Lang and Geis drove in two runs apiece, while Barkhurst scored three times. Lang collected his team-leading fifth win of the season after throwing a complete game and striking out seven.
In their final game of the season, the Warriors scored at least one run in each of the first six innings to account for all of their 11 runs in the game. WLC only allowed Maranatha to score single runs in the fourth and sixth.
Geis led nine Warriors with hits in the game by going 3-for-5 with two RBI and one run scored. Nevils added three RBI and Lang scored three times. WLC finished with 14 hits for the game.
Alex Nikolai (South Milwaukee, Wis./Thomas More) tossed six strong innings, allowing seven hits and just two earned runs to collect the win for the Warriors. Steve Gustafson (West Bend, Wis./Luther Preparatory) earned the save by pitching the final three innings. He gave up just two hits and fanned four.
Wisconsin Lutheran, which honored seniors Barkhurst, Ferrell, Geis, Lang and Pollesch before the game, finishes its 2011 season 19-21 overall and 10-12 in the NAC. The Warriors' 19 wins tied a school record that was first achieved in 2002.