Baseball splits opening doubleheader of Avila series

Ravens fall in game one 2-0, rally to take game two 2-0 in 10 innings

  • Saturday, April 20, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Raven baseball team took on Avila Univesity in the first of a four-game series on Saturday afternoon and split a pair of pitcher duals.

In the opener, Raven starting pitcher Derek Surdez (Sr., Vermillion) was outdone by Avila starter Aaron Baker in a 2-0 Eagles win.

In game two, Raven starter Adam Burns (Soph., Overland Park) threw a 10-inning, complete-game shutout as Benedictine salvaged a split with a 2-0 win.

In game one, Benedictine was held to just four hits with second baseman Ben Raun (Jr., Lincoln, Neb.) going 2 for 4. Raun also had the Ravens only extra-base hit with a double.

Surdez struckout six in the loss, scattering two runs off seven hits over seven innings.

In game two, Benedictine's bats came alive late against Avila's bullpen after chasing starting pitcher Tyler Osborn after five innings.

The Ravens tallied seven hits in the win, the biggest of which came off the bat of first baseman Sean O'Grady (Sr., San Jose) as he connected on a two-run home run in the top of the 10th.

O'Grady finished 2 for 4 at the plate with the two RBIs while catcher Patrick Walseth (Soph., Tulsa) added a 2 for 3 effort.

Burns scattered seven hits over his 10 innings of work while adding seven strikeouts to hold Avila down at the plate.

The Ravens and the Eagles conclude their series at 1 p.m. Sunday back in Kansas City with another doubleheader.