The Gustavus baseball team moved its record to 11-8 on the season with a non-conference doubleheader split with Simpson College Sunday in Indianola, Iowa. The Storm took game one, 5-1, but the Gusties scored nine unanswered runs to win game two, 9-2.
Game 1 — Simpson 5, Gustavus Adolphus 1
The Gusties outhit the Storm 9-7 in game one, but was only able to push one run across the board. Gustavus mounted a charge in the top of the first inning, loading the bases on back-to-back singles by Tony Konicek (Jr., Rochester, Minn.) and Ben Sherer (Sr., Bismarck, N.D.), followed by Aaron Madson (Sr., North Mankato, Minn.) reaching after being hit by a pitch, but were unable to score any runners as Simpson starting pitcher Mark Voelliger induced Wade Vrieze (Jr., Richfield, Minn.) to fly out to left field to end the inning.
Simpson scored its first two runs in the third inning as Dusty Kain hit an rbi triple, scoring Ross Anderson, and then scored from third as the Storm pulled off a double-steal.
Gustavus cut the deficit in half in the top of the fifth as Mike DesLauriers (Fr., Minnetonka, Minn.) opened the inning with a double to left center and scored on an rbi single up the middle by Pat Siering (So., Eden Prairie, Minn.).
The Storm responded in the bottom half of the inning, putting the game out of reach with three runs on two hits, including a two-rbi triple to right center by Chris Cyronek.
Shea Roehrkasse (So., Jackson Hole, Wyo.), Konicek and Sherer each finished 2-for-3 from the plate for the Gusties, while DesLauriers, Siering and Madson each added a hit. Brandon Knoll (Fr., Princeton, Minn.) pitched five innings, allowing five runs on six hits while striking out two before giving way to Chad Schnettler (So., Sartell, Minn.), who pitched a scoreless sixth inning.
Five Storm pitchers combined to allow one run on nine hits.
Game 2 — Gustavus Adolphus 9, Simpson 2
The Gusties took game two, 9-2, scoring nine unanswered runs, including eight in the seventh inning. Simpson scored first, using three hits and one Gustie error to push a pair of runs across in the fourth inning. Justin Stoulil opened the inning with a single through the left side and advanced to third on a single by Cooper that was misplayed in the outfield. Stoulil scored courtesy of a wild pitch, while Cody Cooper came around to score on an rbi single to left field by Kyle Meyer.
Gustavus scored its first run in the sixth inning. Mike DesLauriers singled up the middle to open the frame and was moved to third by singles by Siering and Konicek, loading the bases. A sacrifice fly by Sherer to center field scored DesLauriers, but a fly-out and a strikeout brought the rally to an end.
After holding Simpson scoreless in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Gusties exploded for eight runs on seven hits and a couple of Storm errors in the top of the eighth inning. Robby Wiens (So., Burnsville, Minn.) walked to open the inning and moved to third on a double by Andy Schmidt (Sr., Lakeville, Minn.). After a ground-out retired Tyler Kaus (So., St. James, Minn.) for out number one, DesLauriers singled to right field, scoring Wiens from third to tie the game. Siering followed with an rbi single, scoring Schmidt from third. Back-to-back Storm errors allowed three more Gustavus runs to score before Shea Roehrkasse cleared the bases with a two-run home run to right center to put the Gusties up 8-2. Kaus drove in the final run of the inning with an rbi single through the right side.
DesLauriers, Siering, Sherer and Schmidt picked up two hits apiece as the Gusties belted out 13 hits. Charlie Cicalello (So., St. Paul, Minn.) picked up the win in relief for the Gusties, allowing only two hits in three innings of work. Starting pitcher Spencer Barron gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits in four innings on the mound.
Mike Turnure was the only Storm player with multiple hits. Simpson used nine pitchers with Keaton Sansgaard taking the loss.
Gustavus (11-8) will face Saint John’s University in a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader Tuesday at Myrum Memorial Field in St. Peter.