Spartans Bounce Back to Sweep Doubleheader From Dutch

Apr 20, 2019

Box Score Game One     Box Score Game Two

PELLA, Iowa – After dropping Friday's series opener to the Central Dutch, The UD baseball team responded in a big way on Saturday afternoon by sweeping the doubleheader by scores of 6-3 and 5-3.

Game One

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
Dubuque, Univ. of... 122 000 100 -  6  5  3
Central............. 000 111 000 -  3 10  1

How It Happened
-After being shutout in the series opener on Friday, the Spartans made sure that would not be the case on Saturday, as Thomas Kempf plated Jack Lasswell by way of a sacrifice fly in the top of the first inning for a 1-0 lead.
-UD loaded the bases in the top of the second with only one out after two walks and a hit batter. The Spartans got help from the Dutch with a wild pitch to score a run, before Luke Carroll came up with UD’s second sac fly in two innings to score Jacob Sonnefeldt to make it 3-0 after two.
-Thomas Kempf came to the plate with one out in the top of thrid with two runners in scoring position, where he would once again come up clutch, this time with a single to left center to score both runners, giving him three RBI in three innings and pushing the UD lead to 5-0.
-Central got single runs in each the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to shrink the UD lead down to 5-3.
-UD once again got more help from the Dutch, this time by a pass ball to allow Luke Carroll to score and give the Spartans another insurance run.
-UD got a gutsy relief effort from Nathan Schneiderman, as he shut down Central over the final 3.1 innings for the long save.
-The Spartans were patient at the plate in game one, drawing eight walks.

At the Plate
Jarad Clevenger: 2-4
Thomas Kempf: 1-4, 3 RBI
Luke Carroll: 1-1, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB

On the Mound
Nick Sewruk (W): 5.2 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Nathan Schneiderman (S): 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Game Two

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
Dubuque, Univ. of... 200 000 201 -  5  0  0
Central............. 000 012 000 -  3 9  4

How It Happened

-Just like in game one of the doubleheader, the Spartan offense wasted little time scoring in the top of the first. The rally began when Jack Lasswell and Jarad Clevenger both reached on errors. With two down and Lasswell and Clevenger on second and third, Zach McCoy singled up the middle to score both to jump ahead 2-0.
-The score remained 2-0 in favor of UD until the bottom of the fifth inning, the Dutch would trim the UD lead to 2-1 after UD pitcher, Chase Kueter was called for a balk with runners on second and third. Kueter was able to get a strike out and fly out to get out the inning only allowing the one run.
-Central would gain their first lead of the day with a two-out, two-two run home run in the bottom of the sixth to vault ahead, 3-2.
-That Dutch would would not last for long as UD's Luke Carroll delivered a two-run home run of his own in the top half of the seventh to spring the Spartans back on top, 4-3. UD threatened to add more in the seventh after the homer but stranded two runs.
-Kueter got himself into a jam in the bottom of the eighth inning as Central put together two singles and a walk to load the bases with two outs but Kueter foze the insuing batter to get out of the jam and send UD into the ninth still up 4-3.
-The Spartans grabbed an insurance run in the top of the ninth by using the squeeze play, a play that the Spartans have used frequently this season. The inning began when Luke Carroll reached on an error and advanced to second on a passed ball. A bunt by the nine hitter, Jordan Goldstein moved Carroll to third before scoring on the squeeze play off the bat of Jack Lasswell.
-Kueter got the leadoff hitter to pop up to Lasswell at second base before the Dutch put a runner on with a single. Kueter would get back-to-back strikeouts to end the game and give the Spartans the doubleheader sweep and two out of three for the series.

At the Plate
Zach McCoy: 2-4, 2 RBI
Luke Carroll: 1-4, 2 R, 2 RBI 

On the Mound
Chase Kueter: 9.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 12 K

Up Next
The Spartans pick up their series against rival, Loras, on Tuesday, when they travel down the road for a doubleheader against the Duhawks beginning at 3:30 p.m.