The Gustavus baseball team claimed a doubleheader sweep over Middlebury College in Chandler, Arizona on Saturday afternoon. The Gusties, who won both games with seventh inning rallies, claimed game one by the score of 8-7 and game two by the score of 7-5. Gustavus, which is now 6-4 overall and 2-2 on their spring break trip to Arizona, will face Williams College of Massachusetts in a doubleheader on Monday, March 24 at 9:30 am (Mountain Time).
In the first game of the doubleheader, the Gusties pulled out the win in the bottom of the seventh. Tory Herman singled to open the inning and then advanced to second on a fielders’ choice by Alan Woitas. The next batter, Chad Eul hit a hard ground ball to Middlebury’s shortstop and a throwing error to first base allowed Herman to score the winning run. Three players recorded multiple hit games for Gustavus including Tyler Kaus (2-for-4, 1 RBI), Pat Siering (2-for-4, 1 RBI), and Tory Herman (2-for-4, 3 runs scored). Middlebury scored one run in the first, four runs in the fourth, and two in the seventh, while Gustavus scored one run in the first, six in the fourth, and one in the seventh. Kraig Olson was the starting pitcher for Gustavus and he allowed five runs in five innings of work. Charlie Cicalello worked the final two innings allowing two runs and picking up the win.
In the second game, the Gusties trailed 5-3 entering the top of the seventh inning, but scored four times to take a 7-5 lead. The big hit in the inning was Shea Roehrkasse’s bases-loaded single that drove in two runs to give Gustavus a 6-5 lead. Chad Schnettler came in to pitch the bottom of the seventh inning and shut the Panthers down earning a save and allowing the Gusties to complete the sweep with a come-from-behind 7-5 victory. Tory Herman was the hitting star for the Gusties as he went 2-for-4 with four RBI. Mike DesLauriers also had a big game as he was 3-for-3. Middlebury scored one in the first inning and four in the second, while Gustavus posted three runs in the first and four in the seventh. Adam Bren was the starting pitcher for Gustavus. He allowed five runs in 1 1/3 innings. Jake Kruegel pitched 4 2/3 innings and picked up the win, while Schnettler pitched the final inning for the save.