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Gaura dominant against South Suburban; Reivers can't get past host Volunteers
CARTERVILLE, Illinois - Freshman right-handed starter AJ Gaura (7-1, 3.12 ERA, 66.1 IP, 62 K: 8 BB) set the pace for Iowa Western (38-17) as he picked up his 7th win of the season against South Suburban (35-26). Lead-off hitting shortstop Chris Waylock had 5 of the Reivers 18 hits and freshmen Levi Meyer and Damek Tomscha both homered in the 13-4 routing of the Bulldogs.
Waylock (5-for-6, 4 R, 2B, RBI, 2 SB) led off the game with a double to left-centerfield and sophomore centerfielder Mitch Warne (3-for-6, 2 R, 2 2B, RBI) traded places with him to put the visiting Reivers on the board.
South Suburban showed life and answered back early as Craig Austgen hit a single with one out and scored on Mike Kane's (2-for-4, R, 2B, RBI) RBI-double to deep centerfield. Nate Ruzich (3-for-3, BB, RBI) followed with a two-out single to left-centerfield that put the Bulldogs ahead 2-1.
In the top of the second inning, sophomore right fielder Adam Lavelle doubled to leftfield with one out and advanced to third on a groundball from freshman second baseman Sam Bumpers. Waylock singled to left-center, scoring Lavelle and advanced on a stolen base. Warne struck out and reached safely on a throw from the catcher that hit him in the helmet, Waylock scored on the play, making the score 3-2.
Tomscha (3-for-5, 2 R, HR, RBI) singled through the hole at shortstop and freshman designated hitter Mike Wieland was hit by a pitch. Meyer followed by hitting his seventh homerun of the season, a 3-run bomb off of the scoreboard in left-centerfield, extending the lead to 6-2.
Gaura settled in nicely and controlled damage the rest of the game, throwing 8.0 innings, giving up 4 runs (2 earned) on 8 hits, striking out 8 and walking 1. South Suburban added one run in the fifth and sixth innings. Waylock singled to start the sixth inning and Warne doubled to put both runners in scoring position. Sophomore leftfielder Tanner Moore (2-for-5, HBP, 2 RBI) singled through the hole at shortstop to score Waylock and sophomore first baseman Kevin Starr scored Warne on a groundball to second base, making the score 8-2.
The Reivers added one run in the seventh and eighth innings and added an additional three in the top of the ninth. Ryan Rizzi was the losing pitcher in the contest, throwing 5.1 innings, giving up 8 runs (7 earned) on 12 hits, striking out 7 and walking 1. Freshman left-hander Andy Roberts relieved Gaura and had 2 strikeouts in the bottom of the ninth.
Host-school John A. Logan (36-17) eliminated South Suburban in the second game of the day and wasted absolutely no time jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning against Iowa Western (38-18) in Game 3 of the day. Christian Cummings and Tyler Mikrut combined for 5 hits and 6 RBI in the contest, leading the Volunteers to a 9-7 defeat of the Reivers.
Cummings (3-for-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, BB, 3 RBI) launched the first pitch of the game from starting left-handed pitcher Taylor Eikenberry (4.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 7 BB, 6 K) over the leftfield fence to set the tone early. Chase Greenwall followed with a walk, and reached third base on a single by Michael Kozlowski (2-for-5, R). Kyle McHugh grounded into a 6-4-3 double play, scoring Greenwall. Brandon Alexander reached on a walk and Mikrut (2-for-4, R, BB, HR, 3 RBI) hit a 2-run home run to centerfield. Zach McCarthy reached on base on balls, and scored on Phil Pupillo's (2-for-5, R, 2 2B, RBI, SB) double to centerfield, making it a 5-0 game after one-half inning of play.
Iowa Western would be shutout for the first five innings of the contest, leaving six runners on base. Eikenberry (7-1, 2.51 ERA, 68.0 IP, 82 K: 24 BB) would get another 6-4-3 double play and strike out five hitters in the next three innings of work. In the top of the fifth inning, Kozlowski hit a one-out single to rightfield and McHugh reached on a walk. Mikrut singled through the hole at shortstop with two outs to score Kozlowski and extend the lead to 6-0.
Logan starter Cale Wine (5.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 K) was smooth sailing until the bottom of the sixth inning, when freshman designated hitter Mike Wieland (2-for-5, R) led off the inning with a single up the middle. Freshman catcher Levi Meyer (2-for-5, 2 R, 3B, HR, 2 RBI) tripled to deep right-center and sophomore rightfielder Adam Lavelle (2-for-3, R, BB, 2B, RBI) hit an RBI double to left-centerfield. Freshman shortstop Chris Waylock reached on a walk with one out, forcing the Volunteers to bring in right-handed pitcher Sean Buchholz . Sophomore centerfielder Mitch Warne (2-for-6, R) beat out an infield single to load the bases. All runners advanced on a wild pitch and sophomore first baseman Kevin Starr (2-for-3, 2 BB, 3 RBI) drove in two with a single to leftfield, bringing the Reivers to within 1 run.
With the momentum on his side, right-handed reliever Pascal Paul (2.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) struck out two Volunteers in the top of the seventh to get the bats back in his teammates hands. After two quick outs in the bottom half of the seventh Meyer put his teammates on this shoulders by hitting a solo homerun to deep left-centerfield to tie the game up at 6 a piece.
Pupillo doubled to left to lead off the eighth and Jake Roberts (2-for-3, R) followed with a single. Cummings hit a two-run double to right-center and moved up to third on a wild pitch. Greenwall hit an infield single to score Cummings and force freshman left-handed reliever Tyler Ware to enter the game. With no outs, Ware forced Kozlowski to ground into a 5-4-3 double play and McHugh to ground out to third.
Down 9-6 with five outs left for the Reivers, Moore was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Starr singled in Moore with a single to left before two strikeouts ended the eighth inning.
Ware struck out two batters and walked one in his final frame of work. Pascal Paul suffered his first loss of the season and Bucholz (3.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) salvaged the win.