McWhite and Evans Homer as Baseball Drops Final Two

May 2, 2015

INDIANOLA, Iowa - For the third time this weekend, the University of Dubuque baseball team suffered a walk-off defeat at the hands of Simpson, 7-6 in nine innings, despite home runs by first basemen Austin McWhite and right fielder Jacob Evans. The Spartans fall to the Storm in, 5-3, after giving up two unearned runs in game two.

Game One
Spartans fall 7-6 (9 innings)

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, the Spartans (12-28, 7-21 Iowa Conference) committed a crucial error that allowed the Storm to load the bases. An RBI-single to right field sealed the deal for the Storm as they extended their winning streak over UD to four games dating back to last year.

For the third straight time in the last two days, the Storm (14-25, 10-18 Iowa Conference) won on a walk-off, RBI-single with the bases loaded and two outs.

The Spartans jumped out to an early 6-0 lead, but couldn't hang on. McWhite sparked a four-run, third-inning with his team leading sixth home-run of the year, a three-run shot to right center. Evans followed up with a solo homer to right field in a two-run, fifth inning.

Simpson countered with three runs each in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings to set up the walk-off win in the ninth. Seven hits were tallied between the two innings and led to a 14-hit day. The Spartans totaled seven hits, respectively.

Spartan starter Doug Van Dyke was pulled after five innings after giving up four runs (three unearned) and eight hits. Relieving Van Dyke was Reed Stumpf (1-4), who suffered the loss after tossing 3.2 innings and surrendering three runs (two earned) and six hits.

Game Two
Spartans fall 5-3 (7 innings)

The Spartans faced a 2-1 deficit through the first inning after surrendering two unearned runs. Simpson's three-run, fourth inning put the Spartans in a 5-2 hole they couldn't claw back from as starting pitcher Dalton Garst's RBI sac fly in the fifth concluded the scoring for both sides.

At the plate, Garst led the team with two RBIs while centerfielder Daniel Casanova notched a team-high two hits, including his fourth triple of the year.

On the mound, Garst (3-3) concluded UD's final game with a 4.0 inning performance and allowed five runs (three earned) and eight hits. Senior Chris Fields pitched a scoreless 2.0 innings of relief and struck out one.