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Sunday, 17 February 2013 18:48

No. 5 RSU Sweeps Baker to Open 2013

Ryan Lasneske threw a complete game in game four against No. 5 Rogers State Ryan Lasneske threw a complete game in game four against No. 5 Rogers State

CLAREMORE, Okla. – The Baker University baseball team opened up the 2013 season at No. 5 ranked Rogers State University over the weekend and fell to the Hillcats in all four games of the series, 4-1 in game one, 9-3 in game two, 4-0 in game three and a 4-3 game four loss.

In game one, the Wildcats fell, 4-1, despite a solid outing from starting pitcher Jimmy Gricol, who went five innings strong giving up just six hits and three earned runs and struck out two.

But Shawn Spainhoward's pitching for RSU was the story as he threw a complete game four-hitter and gave up just one earned run in the top of the first.

RSU put two runs on the board in the first inning with a Jose Olazagasti RBI single that scored Eric Baker from second. Then Hector Rivera singled in Olazagasti to put the Hillcats up, 2-0.

But Baker responded with a RBI single by Justin Lane that scored Bryan Kindle, but that was the only run in the game for Baker.

In game two on Saturday, the Hillcats took down BU, 9-3. Caleb Lee got the start for Phil Hannon's squad and received the loss, going 3.1 innings giving up six walks and six earned runs.

RSU jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second on a passed ball for its first run and then Baker singled scoring Alex Cochran from third and Olazagasti doubled scoring Baker all the way from first.

The Wildcats put up two runs quickly in the top of the third on an RBI fielders choice by Matt Fry that scored Tevin Thompson and then Neal Boyce scored on a Bryan Kindle sacrifice fly.

The Wildcats managed just four hits on the combination of RSU pitching from Kyle Duncan who got the start and win throwing six innings and Kyle Deaton came in relief to throw the final inning and gave up one hit and a run.

Boyce and Brett Lechien each had two hits in the game and the Wildcats sent Kyle Pattrick to the mound in relief for 1.2 innings and Justin Bye for one inning.

In game three, the Wildcats again struggled from the plate, as they were shutout and managed just five hits.

Josh Zach went 1-for-3, as did Mike Hobbs and Justin Lange and Miles Sanderson had a strong game, going 2-for-3.

Brandon Bargas threw a complete game seven-inning shutout for Rogers State and struck out eight Wildcats.

Thomas Hawkins got the start in game three for Baker and went four innings giving up eight hits and two earned runs, Ben Makela came in relief and threw and inning, while Derek Schupp threw the final inning for Baker and didn't allow a hit.

In game four, the Wildcats just missed out on its first win of 2013 in a 4-3 loss to close out the series.

Ryan Lasneske threw six inning in the series finale and gave up just six hits and one earned run for the Wildcats and struck out two batters.

The Hillcats put four pitchers on the mound, but Casey Cassity got the win after throwing four innings of one run ball.

Matt Fry led Bajer with a 2-for-3 day and Lechien, Kindle and Boyce all knocked in a run for the 'Cats.

Weather permitting, Baker will open up the 2013 home portion of its schedule this Saturday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. in a doubleheader at Sauder Field.

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