GVSU Baseball splits double header to open season
The Grand Valley State baseball team opened the 2020 season with a doubleheader split of Ohio Dominican on Saturday at Lincoln Memorial University. The Lakers dropped game one, 10-5, before regrouping in game two to defeat the Panthers 9-2.
The Lakers got on the board in the first inning as senior Nate Bonter singled to drive in junior Spencer Nelson. Ohio Dominican would respond in the bottom half of the third, taking advantage of a wild pitch and passed ball to score two runs and take a 2-1 lead. The Panthers added two more runs in the fourth on a two-run double to increase the lead to 4-1. GVSU trailed 5-2 entering the eighth inning before Christian Faust and Nelson each had RBI singles to trim the deficit to 5-4. However, ODU scored five runs in the bottom half of the eighth to put the game out of reach.
GVSU bounced back in game two, scoring four runs in the first inning and three runs in the second inning to build an early 7-0 lead. Ryan Blake-Jones ripped a double to right center and senior Stephen Pim recorded a two-run single up the middle in the first inning before Chandler cleared the bases with a three-run double in the second. The Lakers added a pair of runs in the third inning.
Sophomore and reigning GLIAC Freshman of the Year Rylan Peets earned the win, throwing four innings and allowing three hits, two runs and struck out two, while junior Nathan Warloget and freshman Austin Brown tossed three combined innings of scoreless ball.
Men’s Basketball: Thursday, Feb. 28, 8 p.m., vs Davenport (Senior Night)
Women’s Basketball: Thursday, Feb. 28, 6 p.m., vs Davenport (Senior Night)
Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field: Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 29-March 1, All Day, 2020 GLIAC Indoor GLIAC Championships @ Kelly Family Sports Center
Baseball: Sunday-Monday, March 1-March 9, varying times, Russmatt Invitational @ Auburndale and Winter Haven, Fla. (Opponents include University of Findlay, West Virginia Wesleyan, Tiffin, Minnesota-Duluth, Sioux Falls, Wayne State College and Winona State
Softball: Sunday-Saturday, March 1-March 7, varying times, Spring Trip @ Winter Haven, Fla. (Opponents include Saint Anselm, Wilmington, Cedarville, Kentucky Wesleyan, Gannon, Concordia-St. Paul, Mary, Felician, Georgian Court, Adelphi, Minnesota-Duluth and Missouri-St. Louis