Evangel Sweeps Baseball

Crusaders win game one, outlast Ravens in game two

  • Monday, April 16, 2012

On Saturday, the Raven baseball team hosted its final HAAC cross-division series against eastern division front-runner Evangel University.

Benedictine (13-20, 7-9 HAAC) mounted two comeback efforts against Evangel (24-15, 13-5 HAAC) the second effort of which pushed game two into extra innings. In the end, the comebacks fell short as the Ravens suffered a sweep at the hands of the Crusaders 6-3 and 7-6.

In game one, the Ravens sent Bryan Poland (Sr., Bothell, Wash.) Poland threw his fifth complete game of the season but gave up five earned runs to suffer his fifth loss of the season. Poland gave up seven hits while striking out four in the loss.

At the plate, Benedictine tallied six hits of which three were hit for extra bases.

Designated hitter Aaron Molinaro (Jr., Lincoln, Neb.) and first baseman Sean O'Grady (Jr., San Jose, Calif.) hit solo home runs while shortstop Josh Piper (Sr., McPherson) added a double.

First baseman Matt Macias (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.) recorded an RBI single to round out the Ravens leading hitters in game one.

In game two, Adam Burns (Fr., Overland Park) took the hill looking to pick up a win and earn a split for Benedictine.

Burns threw five and one-third innings allowing five earned runs off eight hits before he was relieved by Michael Rowland (Sr., Kansas City, Mo.).

Burns got a no-decision for his efforts as the Ravens scored six unanswered runs in the sixth and seventh inning to send the game into extra innings.

Rowland threw the final five and two-thirds innings giving up just one run off two hits.

At the plate, the Ravens were no-hit through four innings, picking up two hits in the bottom of the fifth to break up the no-hit bid of Evangel's koby Gaddis.

Benedictine finished game two with 13 hits only two of which were for extra bases.

Alan Burns (Jr., Overland Park), who split time between left field and third base, went 3 for 6 with a double. Second baseman Ben Raun (Soph., Lincoln, Neb.) ignited the comeback effort with a three-run home run in the Ravens five-run sixth inning. He finished 2 for 5 at the plate. Molinaro and Macias each recorded two hits at the plate to round out the Ravens leading hitters in the loss.

The Ravens return to Peru, Neb., for a 1 p.m. doubleheader against Peru State College. The doubleheader was originally scheduled for the Saturday of Easter Weekend.