The Gustavus Adolphus College baseball team fell 2-1 on its Spring trip with an 8-6 loss to the University of Southern Maine Friday at the Snedigar Complex in Chandler, Ariz. Shea Roehrkasse (Jr., Jackson, Wyo.) finished with three hits, including a two-run double in the fifth, while Tony Konicek (Sr., Rochester, Minn./Mayo) went 2-for-4 with a triple and a solo home run. The teams were scheduled to play two games, but rain forced a change to a single nine-inning game.
Gustavus took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Konicek belted a solo home run. Southern Maine gained their first lead of the game with three runs in the bottom of the third inning highlighted by a two-run homer by Eddie Skeffington.
Gustavus tied the game at 3-3 in the fifth on a two-run double by Roehrkasse. USM retook the lead in its half of the frame on an RBI single by senior Ryan Bourque.
Back-to-back singles to open the Gustavus sixth chased USM starting pitcher Andrew Stacy from the hill in favor of senior Pat Foley. A walk loaded the bases before an error brought in the tying run. Gustavus then took a 5-4 lead on freshman Alan Woitas (Sleepy Eye, Minn./St. Mary’s)‘s RBI groundout.
The Huskies pulled even on an RBI single by sophomore Ryan Gaffney before Josh Mackey stroked a two-run double. The teams traded runs in the seventh to account for the 8-6 final.
USM outhit the Gusties 13-8 and committed the game’s lone error. Pat Foley was credited with the win for the Huskies, while Tim Therrian picked up the save.
Brandon Knoll pitched four innings before being lifted in favor of Tory Herman. Herman threw 1 1/3 innings and was credited with the loss. Chad Schnettler pitched the final 2 2/3 innings for the Gusties.
The Gusties will face Thomas (Me.) in a doubleheader Saturday at the Snedigar Complex.
Information from University of Southern Maine was used in this release.