Baseball and Softball Teams Score Triple Victory
CHICAGO, IL (March 29, 2010) – Together, the North Park baseball and softball teams scored three wins last week. The baseball team came back in the eight inning to win 4−3 over Benedictine University on Wednesday, and the softball team earned a doubleheader sweep over Concordia University Chicago on Tuesday, with scores of 2−0 and 5−1.
The game got off to a rocky start for the Vikings. Starting pitcher Joel Bonnett walked two batters and hit another in the bottom of the first but managed to escape without giving up a run, and Tito Garza worked 7 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. In the second, the Eagles did not miss out on a second chance, as Bonnett hit the leadoff batter, then walked two more before giving up three consecutive hits for a 3−0 Benedictine lead. Coach Luke Johnson then summoned Garza from the bullpen, and he promptly struck out the first batter he faced to end the second inning.
Garza played outstandingly for the rest of the game. He scattered three hits over the next seven innings, walking two while striking out six. No Eagle batter reached second base until the eighth. He wrapped up the contest with an exciting ninth inning: after the leadoff batter walked and moved to third on a sacrifice and a wild pitch, Garza induced two groundouts to preserve the win.
The Viking batters, still in a bit of offensive funk after Monday’s doubleheader at Webster, had some difficulties coming up with the big hit. They stranded multiple runners in the second, third, and fourth innings, finally breaking through with a run in the fifth against Benedictine lefty Louis Soto: Domenick, Andy Athans, and Wade Yunker cracked consecutive two-out singles to cut the deficit to 3−1. In the seventh, Domenick hit a lead-off single, moved up on Athans’s sacrifice, took third on a passed ball, and scored on a rundown when a throw from the Eagles’ third baseman hit Domenick in the back. The Vikings finally overtook the host Eagles in the eighth, when Nick Marino reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second and took third on an errant throw, and was along for the ride when Domenick launched a long home run—his third of the season—to right-center that bounced off the scoreboard.
Garza (1−0) picked up a hard-earned win for his relief efforts. The hitting attack was led by Domenick (3-for-5, three runs scored, two RBIs), Ryan Javech (also 3-for-5 with a double), Yunker (2-for-5), and Brian Staatz (2-for-4).
The softball team scored single runs in both the first and second innings of Game 1. In the first, sophomore Melissa Abraham drew a bases-loaded walk, and freshman Annalis Matta connected for an RBI double, which scored senior Vicki Foxall (walk) in the second inning.
Junior pitcher Kate Seebacher was lights out as she carried a no-hitter through three innings. She pitched a complete game, giving up only one hit and one walk, while striking out five batters.
In Game 2, Concordia struck for an early 1−0 lead in the first, but NP quickly erased the deficit with a three-run bottom half. Junior Katie Anderson connected for a two-run home run and Abraham smacked a solo shot in the frame. The Vikings then added two more in the second, when Matta drove in a pair on a single.
Junior Mallory Bieritz earned the win in the circle as she tossed a complete-game three-hitter. She walked one and fanned one batter in, improving her overall record to 3−2. Freshman Sonya Le added a pair of hits in the victory as well.