Spartans Sweep Central In Pella
Mar 26, 2017
PELLA, Iowa- After taking the first game of the series on Saturday afternoon the University of Dubuque baseball team finished off the sweep of the Central Dutch on Sunday, taking the first game 10-9 in 10 innings and the second game 2-1.
Game one got off to a hectic start as the Spartans struck first, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning, two of which came on a Thomas Kempf double to left field. The Dutch then struck back in the second inning with five runs of their own. UD was not to be outdone as they exploded in the fifth inning with five runs on just three hits. Kelvin Medrano started the fifth inning rally with a one out home run to centerfield. The Spartans were patient at the plate as four Spartans recieved walks in the fifth inning alone to keep the rally alive. Later in the inning Jarad Clevenger singled to right field to score the last two runs of the inning.
The Dutch did not go quietly, scoring two runs in the seventh and one in each the eighth and ninth inning to tie the game and send it to extras. In the 10th inning, Austin McWhite came up with a one out single to get things started for the Spartans. The next batter, Kelvin Medrano, had three hits in the game but none bigger than his hit in the 10th inning as he drilled a double to center fielder to score McWhite and give the Spartans a 10-9 lead.
After picking up the save on Saturday, Nathan Schneidermann came into the game in the ninth inning and pitched a scoreless 1 2/3 innings to earn the win in game one of the doubleheader on Sunday. To go along with his three hits, Kelvin Medrano also had three runs batted in and three runs scored of his own. Thomas Kempf and Tyler Lewan also came up with two base knocks each and combined for three RBI's.
The bats cooled off in game two but Central jumped out to the lead in the first inning but the Spartans responded in the second with a Thomas Kempf single and a throwing error by the Dutch to score Will Doherty and tie the game at one. The game remained tied at one until the Spartans started the fifth inning with two walks and a hit batter to load the bases. Will Doherty was the first Spartan to put the ball into play in the inning, reaching on a fielder's choice but it was good enough the bring home the go ahead and eventual game winning run.
Doug Van Dyke started on the mound for UD and threw all seven innings, giving up just one run on six hits to earn his first win of the season. The Spartans were only able to collect four hits in game two but it was enough to earn the victory. Austin McWhite, Jacob Evans, Thomas Kempf and Tyler Lewan each collected one hit in the win.
The Spartans are back on the road on Tuesday as they travel to Chicago to take on Concordia University.