Warriors split with Sabres in conference-opening doubleheader
WLC wins opener behind Raver's complete game
March 31, 2012
MILWAUKEE - The Wisconsin Lutheran College baseball team opened its conference schedule on Saturday by splitting a doubleheader against Marian, winning game one 5-4 before falling 3-2 in the nightcap.
The Warriors started game one strong, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first to take an early 2-0 lead. Freshman Sam Mattheis (Rosendale, Wis./Laconia) doubled in sophomore Cody Nevils (Boca Raton, Fla./West Boca Raton) and junior Tyler Schoen (Marion, Wis./Marion) to get WLC on the scoreboard first.
The Sabres finally got to sophomore starting pitcher Alex Raver (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) in the top of the fourth, scoring two runs to tie the game at 2-2. It didn’t take long for the Warriors to answer however, as freshman Ian Zahn (Fond du Lac, Wis./Winnebago Lutheran) drove in Mattheis with a sacrifice fly to bring the Warriors back in front.
After Marian tied the game again in the top of the sixth, the Warriors once again responded by adding two more runs in the bottom half of the inning. Junior Doug Martin (West Bend, Wis./Kettle Moraine Lutheran) came in to score on an error by the third baseman, and Schoen came around on an error by the pitcher to give the Warriors a 5-3 advantage.
Marian added one more run in the eighth, but Raver and the Warriors defense shut down a late Marian rally in the ninth to preserve the win.
Raver earned the win for WLC, pitching all nine innings, allowing two earned runs while striking out six. Mattheis went 1-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored, while Martin went 1-for-3 with two runs scored.
Sam Forkert took the loss for Marian, allowing two earned runs in eight innings of work with seven strikeouts. Anthony Porcaro went 2-for-5 with two RBI for the Sabres. Will Martin scored three runs on 3-for-5 at the plate.
The Warriors scored first again in game two, with Schoen driving in Nevils on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the third to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead.
Following Marian's single tallies in the fifth and seventh innings for a 2-1 deficit, freshman Jacob Redman (Swansboro, N.C./Swansboro) doubled home freshman Connor Vredeveld (Waterloo, Wis./Lakeside Lutheran) to tie the game at 2-2 after seven innings of play. Marian scored in the top of the ninth and the Warriors were unable to rally, falling just short 3-2.
Zahn took the loss for the Warriors on the mound, despite allowing just two earned runs over nine innings. Nevils went 2-for-4 with a run scored, and Redman went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Mitch Gardner picked up the win for Marian (8-6, 1-1 NAC), giving up two earned runs and striking out five over eight innings. Porcaro went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Matt Bromley went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
Wisconsin Lutheran (3-12, 1-1 NAC) returns to action on Sunday at Kapco Park in Mequon, Wis. for a doubleheader against conference rival Concordia Wisconsin (3-8, 1-1 NAC). First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.