Tuesday, April 24, 2001

UD baseball team remains on a roll

The UD men's baseball team continued their good play of late by sweeping doubleheaders this weekend against Atlantic 10 rivals Duquesne Friday and Xavier Sunday.

The Flyers won both games of the doubleheader Friday by out-slugging the Dukes 14-9 and 10-6 respectively.

"Today, we hit and didn't pitch or play defense," coach Tony Vittorio said.

Duquesne came out swinging in the first game, as they roughed up junior starting pitcher Mike Rolih for five runs in the first two innings to take a 5-1 lead.

UD answered in the bottom of the second inning, scoring six runs to take their first lead of the game. The scoring was capped by junior outfielder Brooks Vogel's 39th career homerun, setting a new UD record.

Duquesne never recovered when Rolih settled down and allowed no more hitters to score, until Duquesne began a late charge with four runs in the top of the sixth inning. Senior Scott Shean pitched in relief of Rolih, slamming the door on any Duquesne comeback attempt in the last inning and earning his first save.

Senior infielder Brent Beasley belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning to end the scoring and give the Flyer a 14-9 victory.

Overall, both teams tilted the scoreboard. The teams combined for 23 runs and 28 hits. There were also seven homeruns, four of which were by Flyer batters.

Junior infielder Aaron Reesh had a big game, going two-for-three and knocking in six runs and scoring two of his own. Senior outfielder Mark Schulte also went two-for-three from the plate, including a triple.

The win put Dayton above .500 for the first time all season, giving them a 19-18 overall record with a 6-4 A-10 mark.

Game two looked a lot like the first, as UD erased an early deficit to win handily 10-6.

After falling behind 3-0 early, UD went on to score all ten of their runs unanswered. The third inning was the catalyst for UD, as five runs crossed the plate to give UD a lead they would never relinquish, capped off by Beasley's three-run homer to put UD ahead 6-3.

The Flyers finished their scoring in the fifth and sixth innings. After scoring one run in the fifth, the Flyers scored three more runs off a homerun by junior catcher Mark Wahlin the sixth to up the lead to 10-3. The homerun was Wahl’s second in the game.

Duquesne attempted a final inning comeback, as they tagged junior starting pitcher Cory Allen for three runs before Shean came in and stopped a possible rally for the second time that day.

"Scott Shean pitched well," Vittorio said. "Cory [Allen] did too, but we may have left him in the game too long."

Allen pitched six innings, striking out two Duquesne hitters.

The game was another offensive showcase, as the teams scored 16 runs off 23 hits.

Wahl matched Reesh's first game totals, knocking in six runs going three-for-four at the plate. Reesh went two-for-four, scoring two of the UD runs.

"We swung the bat well all day long," Vittorio said. "It won both games for us."

With the win, Dayton won their 14th game in their last 18 contests.

The Flyers continued to play well Sunday against Xavier. They managed a split in a doubleheader at Xavier, losing the first game 5-4 and winning the second 9-2.

The first game started with the Musketeers jumping in front of the Flyers courtesy of a first inning run.

Dayton answered by taking the lead in the fourth inning when senior outfielder Brent Berigan belted a two-run homer to put Dayton ahead 2-1.

The Flyers extended the lead in the sixth inning when junior outfielder Shawn Bolinger led off with a solo homerun. Junior infielder Mike Kerins then doubled later in the inning to score Berigan.

The 4-1 lead would not last, however, as Xavier stormed back in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game 4-4.

The Flyers could get nothing in the seventh and the Musketeers pushed a run across in the bottom half of the inning to take the first game 5-4.

Game two was a better story, as Dayton demolished Xavier 9-2.

UD used a pair of big innings to take control of the game. They scored seven times in the third and fourth innings to take a lead they would never relinquish.

Kerins pitched a complete game effort, striking out five Musketeers.

UD improves to 21-19 overall and 8-4 in A-10 play.

The Flyers play Tuesday at 1 p.m. in another doubleheader vs. IUPUI at Stuart Field.

By: Matt Hager

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