Pioneers sweep Warriors in home opener
WLC begins conference play next Saturday against Marian
March 25, 2012
MILWAUKEE - The Wisconsin Lutheran College baseball team was swept in its home-opening doubleheader on Sunday by the Carroll Pioneers 8-2 and 17-5 in non-conference action at Neumann Family Field.
In the first game, Carroll scored two runs without recording a hit for 2-0 lead after the first inning. In the fifth inning, the Warriors got on the board when sophomore Garrick Day (Elk Mound, Wis./Elk Mound) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring freshman Sam Mattheis (Rosendale, Wis./Laconia) across the plate.
Carroll answered back with a run in the sixth and a five spot in the seventh as the Pioneers' bats came alive to bring their lead to 8-1. In the bottom of the seventh, Day drove in his second run of the afternoon, singling home sophomore Sam Braaten (Appleton, Wis./East). The score stood for an 8-2 final.
Alex Raver (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) took the loss for the Warriors, pitching 6.2 innings and allowing three earned runs on just five hits. He fanned a season-high 10 batters. Day went 1-for-3 with two RBI. Mattheis and freshmen Brett Youngbeck (Brown Deer, Wis./Brown Deer) and Connor Vredeveld (Waterloo, Wis./Lakeside Lutheran) also had hits for the Warriors.
Andy Kersten picked up the win for Carroll (8-5), giving up two earned runs on two hits and striking out seven over 6.2 innings. Jordan Stephans went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored to lead the Pioneers, while Drew Volkmann added three runs.
In the second game, Carroll got on the scoreboard early and often, putting up 12 runs in the first six innings. In the bottom of the sixth, Day scored on a wild pitch to get the Warriors on the scoreboard.
Freshman Ian Zahn (Fond du Lac, Wis./Winnebago Lutheran) added another run in the seventh for the Warriors, scoring on freshman Korben Biersack’s (Greenfield, Wis./Greenfield) RBI single. WLC scored two more times in the bottom of the eighth. Freshman Zack Skog (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire) scored on a passed ball and freshman Matt Gowin (Cudahy, Wis./Cudahy) came around to score on junior Tyler Schoen’s (Marion, Wis./Marion) RBI groundout. The Warriors added one more run in the bottom of the ninth when Skog singled home Biersack, but it wasn’t enough as the Warriors fell 17-5.
Mattheis took the loss for WLC, giving up four earned runs in three innings of work on the bump. Youngbeck and Biersack each had two hits for the Warriors, with Biersack adding a run and RBI.
Chris James earned the win for Carroll, going seven innings and allowing just one earned run on five hits. Matt Busse went 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run to lead Carroll offensively. Zach Weihert went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored.
Wisconsin Lutheran (2-11) remains home next Saturday when it hosts Marian (5-5) to open the conference portion of its schedule. First pitch of the twinbill between the Warriors and Sabres is set for 12 p.m. at Neumann Family Field.