Spartan Baseball's Spring Break Results

Mar 20, 2015

Spartan Baseball Spring Break Results

Complete game recaps and box scores of the University of Dubuque baseball team's eight-day trip to the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic in Fort Myers, Fla. 
*Most recent game recaps are listed first.

The Spartans weathered a rough start after surrendering 16 hits to St. Lawrence in their Spring Break (SB) opening defeat. Despite centerfielder Daniel Casanova's triple and home run the Spartans fell to UM-Morris, 13-10, in their followup game. Casanova had himself a productive spring break after leaving Fort Myers with a six-game hitting streak and a .486 batting average/.576 slugging percentage over the nine-game stint. The Lake Tapps, Wash. native also snagged five stolen bases, giving him 33 on his career and moving him into fourth all-time in UD history.

UD suffered a pair of losses to first-time foes, McDaniel (Md.) and Lasell (Mass.), but bounced back with a 4-2 victory over Lasell (Mass.) after two, sixth-inning runs.

The Spartans would drop three straight until an offensive explosion in win over McDaniel (Md.), 20-5, in a rematch from a few days prior. Eight Spartans finished with two hits or better and 11 Spartans tallied at least one RBI.

UD opens up IIAC play when they host Buena Vista this Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28 in a pair of doubleheaders starting at 1:00 p.m. on both days.


Date Opponent Result
March 14 St. Lawrence (N.Y.) L, 1-13
March 15 UM-Morris L, 10-13
March 15 McDaniel (Md.) L, 3-6
March 16 Lasell (Mass.) L, 5-6
W, 4-2
March 17 Manchester (Ind.) L, 2-4
March 18 Keystone (Pa.) L, 8-16
March 19 UW-Platteville L, 3-9
March 20 McDaniel (Md.) W, 20-5


Spartan AVG   OBP    SLG    R     XBH    HR    RBI
CF Casanova .486 .487 .649 9 4 1 9
2B Fogel .429 .484 .429 8 0 0 3
DH Garst .389 .368 .472 5 3 0 10



Spartan G    GS    ERA    W-L    IP       SV   K    BB    
RHP Garst 2 2 4.97 2-0 12.2 0 8 1
LHP Padilla 2 1 3.75 0-1 12.0 0 2 2
LHP Trifiletti 1 1 5.00 0-1 9.0 1 8 1

Game 9 vs. McDaniel (Md.) (March 20)
Spartans Spook Green Terror for 20 Runs in Victory
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Eight Spartans raked at least two hits as the University of Dubuque baseball team totaled 24 in a 20-5 drubbing of McDaniel (Md.) on Friday morning.

The Spartans (5-7) avenged their loss to the Green Terror on March 15, 6-3, in their third game of their spring break trip.

UD scored in every inning and grabbed a 7-0 lead through three innings. Then UD got to work, plating 13 runs in the final five innings and manufacturing six runs in the explosive fourth. Centerfielder Daniel Casanova, 1B Austin McWhite, and RF Jacob Evans provided the RBIs as the Spartans blew the game open.

Casanova continued his productive spring break to lead the Spartans with a team-high four hits and three runs scored. UD starter and two-way threat, Dalton Garst (2-0), picked up the win after allowing five earned runs and seven hits in 6.0 innings of work. Garst also went 2-for-5 at the plate with two hits and a team-high four RBIs. Reliever Tyler Trifiletti captured his first save of the season after surrendering three hits in a scoreless 3.0 innings.

McDaniel (5-4) totaled 10 hits and commited two errors that contributed to three unearned runs for the Spartans.

Game 8 vs. UW-Platteville (March 19)
Spartans Overwhelmed Early in Defeat to Pioneers
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The University of Dubuque baseball team couldn't withstand the opening 7-1 flurry by the Pioneers in the first two innings as they fall, 9-3, to UW-Platteville on Thursday morning.

The Spartan bats couldn't manufacture runs against the Pioneers (2-3) despite racking up 11 hits. UD (5-7) managed three, one-run innings and were led by SS Gaetano Florio and C Will Doherty who totaled one RBI a piece.

Pioneer starter Mike Boushley (4-4) kept the Spartans at bay after scattering 11 hits, allowing three runs (two earned), while striking out eight in 8.0 innings pitched.

UD starter Trent Van Egtern (1-2) faced a tough test and gave up eight runs (seven earned) on seven hits in 3.0 innings on the bump.

The Spartans are now 16-27 all-time against the Pioneers as the two teams have split their last four meetings.

Game 7 vs. Keystone College (Pa.) (March 18)
Lead Slips Away as Spartans Blitzed by Keystone's Seven-Run Seventh
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The University of Dubuque baseball team surrendered a 7-2 lead in a 16-8 defeat to Keystone College (Pa.) who utilized four hits and one crucial error in the decisive seventh inning.

During the seventh, Keystone (7-2) scored five of their seven runs with two outs, including four unearned. The spurt put Keystone up 13-8 as the Spartan bats went cold to end the game.

Centerfielder Daniel Casanova led the Spartan offense with three singles, two runs, and one RBI and helped spark a three-run first inning by the Spartans (4-6). UD produced 10 hits but were marred by six errors. It was the most errors committed by the Spartans this season since a seven-error affair in 13-10 loss to UM-Morris on March 15.

Pitcher Daniel Karnick (0-1) relieved starter Reed Stumpf in the top of the seventh and was tagged for three earned runs, one hit, and two walks in 0.0 innings.

Despite the setback, the Spartans came out firing after plating three runs in both the first and third innings. First basemen Austin McWhite contributed three RBIs to the effort and finished 3-for-5 with two hits, and one run scored.

It was UD's fifth-straight opponent that they have played for the first time in school history.

Game 6 vs. Manchester University (Ind.) (March 17)
Spartans Drop Close Affair to Manchester
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The University of Dubuque baseball team recorded nine hits but were limited to two runs in 4-2 defeat to Manchester in the first-ever meeting between the two teams.

Centerfielder Daniel Casanova, LF Trace Florek, and DH Dalton Garst each recorded two hits to lead the way for the Spartans (4-5), who have dropped five of their last six after sweeping Elmhurst to start the season. A pair of RBIs by Casanova and Florek in the top of the 5th tied the game up at 2-2. Manchester (6-3), also the Spartans, responded with two runs in the bottom of the 6th to seize their final lead.

Manchester starter, Jake Miller (1-0), silenced UD's bats the rest of the way and finished the game allowing nine hits, two runs (both earned), and striking out two. 

On the bump for UD was P Jacob Padilla (1-1) who threw a strong 8.0 innings and surrendered eight hits, four runs (two earned), with two strikeouts.

Game 4 & 5 vs. Lasell College (Mass.) (March 16)
Spartans' Late Scoring Cuts Down Lasers
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Shortstop Gaetano Florio's sacrifice fly and catcher Will Doherty's RBI single broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth as the University of Dubuque baseball team plated two runs to escape Lasell, 4-2, on Monday morning.

Spartan starter Dalton Garst (1-0) picked up his first win of the season after fanning six lasers, allowing 10 hits, and surrendering two earned runs in 6.2 innings of work. 

Spartan CF Daniel Casanova's RBI-single and run scored gave UD the 2-0 advantage in the bottom of the fourth. Garst surrendered his only two runs of the day in the top of the sixth as UD countered with their two runs in the bottom of the inning.

Despite Lasell's (1-3) two errors, all four UD runs were earned. Lasell totaled 10 hits to the Spartans (4-3) five.

UD's RF Jacob Evans added one hit, one RBI, and one run scored in the victory.

Offenses Expode Early as Lasers Exact Revenge
FORT MYERS, Fla. - A 5-5 tie after three innings went Lasell's way after the Lasers scored on an error in the bottom of the fourth to beat the University of Dubuque baseball team, 6-5, on Monday afternoon.

The Spartans (4-4) got on the board early after posting two runs on three singles by 1B Dalton Garst, RF Jacob Evans, and 2B Will Fogel in the top of the first. Lasell (2-3) responded with four runs on four singles in the latter half of the inning.

Down 4-2 after the first, the Spartans countered with three unanswered runs spanning the second and third stanzas thanks to a pair of RBI-singles by CF Daniel Casanova and Fogel and a DH Matt Hogan run via an error. The Lasers tied it up in the bottom half of the third and provided the final margin of victory in the bottom of the fourth.

UD's starter Tyler Trifiletti (0-1) suffered the loss after giving up 12 hits, six runs (five earned), while striking out five in 6.0 innings on the bump.

Casanova and Fogel each earned a team-high two hits, scored one run, and brought home one RBI.

Game 2 & 3 vs. UM-Morris and McDaniel College (March 15)
Errors Hinder Spartans in Pair of Losses
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Spartan centerfielder Daniel Casanova tripled and homered in the University of Dubuque baseball team's shootout loss to University of Minnesota-Morris, 13-10, as he and the rest of the Spartans were held to three hits in 6-3 setback to McDaniel College on Sunday afternoon. The Spartans couldn't overcome nine errors that led to eight unearned runs combined in both games.

The Spartans surrendered 19 hits in 42 at-bats to UM-Morris (4-5) as the Cougars scored in five of the first six innings aided by a plethora of errors. 

Casanova's first home run of the season countered a Cougar attack that posted two runs in the top of the first. UD trailed 3-2 through the first two innings until the Cougars plated seven unanswered runs over innings four through six. Seven errors doomed the Spartans as six of UM-Morris' first 10 runs were unearned.

UD starter Doug Van Dyke (1-1) gave up six hits, five runs (one earned), and three walks in 3.0 innings of work. 

Casanova led a productive day at the dish as the Spartans (3-3) collected 14 hits total. The starting centerfielder finished 2-for-5 with two runs and one RBI while PH/LF Trace Florek and 2B Will Fogel each totaled two hits and two runs a piece. LF/RF Jacob Evans paced the Spartans with three hits and SS Ryan Karrick added a team-high three RBIs.

The Cougars' C Chandler Erickson nabbed three hits, one run, and four RBIs to lead UM-Morris.

It wasn't until the sixth inning that UD scored the game's first run against McDaniel (3-1) as a pitcher's dual occupied the previous five innings.

The Spartans 2-0 lead after the top of the sixth didn't hold as McDaniel took advantage of two more Spartan errors to snag the 3-2 advantage. UD failed to score in the top of the seventh as McDaniel pulled away with three more runs at the bottom of the inning.

UD starter Trent Van Egtern (0-1) gave up four hits, three runs (one earned), while striking out five in 5.2 innings on the bump. 

Designated hitter Dalton Garst collected one hit and two RBIs while 2B Will Fogel added two hits and one RBI as the pair claimed all three Spartan hits.

The Spartans (3-3) have seen defeat in their last three games after starting out the season with a three-game sweep of Elmhurst on the road. It was the first-ever meeting for UD against both McDaniel and UM-Morris.

UD will attempt to right the ship against Lasell College (Mass.) on Monday, March 16 at 9:00 a.m. in their fourth game of their Spring Break series.

Game 1 vs. St. Lawrence (March 14)
Florio Homers in First Loss of Year
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Shortstop Gaetano Florio's first home run of the year provided the only scoring for the University of Dubuque baseball team as they fell to St. Lawrence University, 13-1, in their first of nine Spring Break games.

Florio's four-bagger tied it up at 1 after the third inning in a pitcher's dual up. The St. Lawrence (1-0) quickly erupted for 10 runs over innings five through seven to put away the Spartans (3-1). UD piled on 11 hits, but couldn't string a scoring run together as their three-game winning streak to start the season was interrupted.

St. Lawrence totaled 16 hits in their first game of the season and first-ever meeting against UD.

Florio, DH Dalton Garst, and CF Daniel Casanova all finished wih two hits as Garst collected one of UD's two doubles. 

UD starter Josh Eastman (1-1) took the loss for the Spartans after surrendering six earned runs on seven hits and notching three strikeouts.

The Spartans continue their Spring Break trip with a double-header on Sunday, March 15 against UM-Morris and McDaniel College at 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., respectively.