ADRIAN, Mich. – The Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University baseball team split their conference doubleheader at Siena Heights (Mich.) University on Saturday, April 6. The Blue Devils took game one 8-7 and fell 13-12 in game two.
Lawrence Tech (24-11, 6-4) gave game one start to Matt Blunk, 5-1 coming in to the game, and he went 6.1 innings allowing five runs – four earned – off seven hits with one strikeout and five walks. The Blue Devils opened the game with three runs in the top of the first. Sean Fannon gave Lawrence Tech a 2-0 lead, hitting a triple to right center, scoring Harry Storch and Eddie Dopkowski. Brian Corbett singled in Fannon, making it 3-0 heading into the bottom of the first.
Siena Heights (14-12, 4-4) answered with a two runs in the in the bottom half of the inning as Pietryga scored Green and Baker to cut the lead to 3-2. Blunk got through the second as the Blue Devils pushed their lead to 4-2 on a Logan Grizzell RBI, scoring Jackson Walkowiak. Storch made it 5-2, reaching on an error, scoring Robinette.
The Blue Devils added two more runs in the top of the fifth as Fannon notched his third RBI on a sacrifice fly to left scoring Grizzell. Corbett followed with a sacrifice fly of his own to plate Dopkowski and give LTU a 7-2 lead.
Blunk got through the fifth allowing a run, but trouble found LTU in the seventh after getting the first batter out. The Saints put the next two batters on and the Blue Devils went to the pen, putting Kyle Wolter into the game for Blunk. Wolter walked the next hitter to load the bases, but a ground out and a fly out limited the damage to just one run, cutting the lead to 7-5.
Ben Schmidt started the eighth inning, putting the first two batters on as the Saints tied the game at 7-7. Schmidt came out in the ninth with an 8-7 lead, but after getting a pair of outs, walked the next hitter and gave up a single to put the tying run on third.
Lawrence Tech went to the bullpen, putting David Klug in to get the final out of the game and preserve the 8-7 win with his second save of the season. Schmidt earned the relief win, his first of his collegiate career.
Fannon led the way for Lawrence Tech going 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Corbett added two RBI and two hits in the win.
In game two, the Blue Devils took the early lead, giving Alek Wietrzykowski a 3-0 lead to work with going into the bottom of the first. Wietrzykowski cruised through the first three innings, giving up two hits and a walk but kept the three run lead intact.
The Saints got on the board in the bottom of the fourth, scoring on a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 3-1. Lawrence Tech responded with a run in the top of the fifth on a Max Cadman RBI that scored Tyler Childs to make it a 4-1 game.
Siena Heights scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead to 4-3 and took a 9-4 lead with a big six run inning in the bottom of the sixth. Jared Roth made it a 9-6 game with a two RBI double followed by Grizzell's single to score Roth and Childs making it 9-8. Dopkowski stole home to tie the game at 9-9.
The Blue Devils added three more runs in the top of the eight to go up 12-9 as Roth had another RBI while Dopkowski's single scored Childs and Tyler Cleasby. The Saints answered again, this time with three runs in the bottom of the eighth to tie it at 12-12. Siena Heights won the game with a walk-off double for the 13-12 win.
Lawrence Tech is back on the diamond Sunday, April 7 when they host Rochester (Mich.) College at 11 a.m. at Jimmy John's Field in Utica, Mich.