UD Bounces Back to Sweep Fontbonne
Mar 5, 2017
CLAYTON, Mo.- After dropping the season opener on Saturday afternoon to Millikin, the University of Dubuque basbeball team swept Fontbonne College, taking game one 13-9 and game two 10-6.
In game one of the doubleheader, the Spartans racked up 18 hits in the 13-9 victory. Fontbonne got the scoring started in the bottom of the first inning, as they jumped out to a 1-0 lead off of a base hit from Ryan Schocker. The Spartans responded, scoring at least one run in each of the next four innings. Eric Hall set the tone at the top of the lineup for UD, going 3-6 at the plate and scoring two runs. Four different Spartans recorded at least three hits. Centerfielder, Austin McWhite, reached base five times with three hits and a walk while also scoring four runs. Michael Salazar scored every time he reached base, scoring four runs, as he went 2-4 hitting and walking twice. Jacob Padilla picked up his first win of the season as he threw four relief innings for the Spartans, giving up four runs on six hits. UD starting pitcher Chase Kueter, went five innings and gave up five runs, four of which were earned.
The Spartans bats stayed hot in game two as they collected
Once again Fontbonne struck first, putting up a run in the bottom of the first inning. UD finally found the scoreboard in the top of the fourth by platting three runs to take a 3-1 lead. The Griffins jumped ahead again by scoring the next four runs but the Spartans exploded in the eighth inning for six runs to give themselves a 10-5 lead and would hold on to win 10-6. Nine different Spartans collected at least one hit in the night cap, powered by shortstop Gaetano Florio with three hits, three RBI’s, two of which came during the Spartans eighth inning rally. UD starter, Doug Van dyke went 5.2 innings, surrendering five runs on 10 hits before giving way to Derek Kornfield, who shut down the Griffins in the final 3.1 innings, allowing just two hits and one run to earn the win.
The Spartans hit the road next weekend to Fort Myers, Florida for their spring break trip where they will play six games.