Findlay Drops a Pair of Nail-biters to GVSU

Findlay Drops a Pair of Nail-biters to GVSU

Video Replay (Both Games)

Allendale, MI – The University of Findlay baseball team dropped a pair of close games on Saturday, April 18. The opponent, Grand Valley State University, sent the Oilers record to 11-29 overall and 6-19 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The Lakers wins gave them sole possession of first place in the GLIAC North Division.

Game 1: GVSU 7 UF 6 (8 inn.)

Late runs spelled the end for the Oilers in the first contest as a seventh inning lead evaporated and an eighth inning run finished a one-run GVSU victory in the lid lifter.

After a split yesterday, Findlay's bats were hot as the game began.

The first inning began with a single from Josh Schwerer, who then advanced to second on a failed pickoff attempt by the Lakers pitcher. Cameron Johnson then reached on an error, moving Schwerer to third, who then scored on a single from Chase Goulette. Austin Adams had the big hit in the inning as he doubled down the right field line, scoring Johnson and Goulette and putting the Oilers up 3-0.

After GVSU scored a single run in the bottom of the first, Findlay came back with a run of their own in the top of the second. Johnson singled with two outs, scoring Schwerer, who reached on an error.

The next inning, Findlay scored a pair of runs as that frame began when Yorgen reached on an error, the fourth of the game for the Lakers. He scored on Adams' second double of the game, a blast to right center field. He would eventually score on GVSU's fifth error of the game, a ball off the bat of Miguel Valdez. Those runs put Findlay ahead 6-1.

A three-run home run from Lakers' Jason Ribecky got the home team back in the game after three innings, but Findlay still led 6-4.

Alex Williams came in relief of the starter Mason Mayberry and attempted to pick up the two-inning save. He got out of a jam in the sixth but was unable to do the same in the seventh as the Lakers sent the game to extra innings with a pair of runs in the inning.

GVSU then won in walk-off fashion as they were able to plate a run, giving them the 7-6 victory.

Adams led the offense as he finished the game with three hits, two of which were doubles, three RBI and a run scored. Yorgen also had a good game, going 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Williams (1-2) took the loss on the hill, pitching 2.1 innings and allowing three runs on five hits. He struck out two and did not walk a batter.

Mayberry pitched well for the Oilers as he went five innings and gave up four runs on eight hits. He struck out five and walked three.

As a team, Findlay scored six runs on eight hits. They made three errors and left seven runners on base.

Game 2: GVSU 4 UF 2

A seventh inning rally was not enough as the Oilers never led in the second game of the day as the Lakers took the nightcap by a 4-2 final.

GVSU took an early 2-0 lead after the first inning and then added another pair of runs in the fifth inning, putting the home team ahead 4-1.

Besides that second inning run, the Oilers offense was silent until the fifth inning when Johnson, Goulette, and Yorgen reached to load the bases. A 1-2-3 double play ended the inning and the Lakers escaped the threat.

Findlay threatened again in the seventh inning when Yorgen got a one out single and scored when Adams clubbed his third double of the day. That run made the score 4-2. Jordan Garcia pinch hit and singled and was followed by a walk to Troy Merriman, who was playing just 13 miles from his hometown of Grandville, MI. That walk loaded the bases with one out but a strike out and sharp groundout ended the game with the Lakers on top, 4-2.

Goulette and Yorgen, who had one RBI, each had a pair of hits in the game to lead Findlay. Adams had a double and RBI while Valdez picked up a hit and RBI.

Cory Carl (1-1) took the tough luck loss on the mound as he pitched a solid 4.2 innings and allowed four runs on seven hits. He walked four and did not record a strikeout.

The Oilers will return home next weekend, Saturday, April 25 as they will host Wayne State University for a GLIAC series. The first game is set to begin at 1:00pm.