Another four-game sweep sees Lakers at 20 conference wins

Derek Wolff

The Grand Valley State University baseball team completed a four-game sweep over Tiffin University on Sunday afternoon behind an explosive 32-run outpouring.

The No. 3 Lakers (31-3, 20-1 GLIAC) got their 20th conference win of the season in a 14-1 drubbing of the Dragons in game two of Sunday’s doubleheader action. Freshman pitcher Cody Westerhuis got his second win of the year, while senior Paul Young went 2-5 with a double and 3 RBI.

In game one, junior right-hander Kyle Schepel improved to 7-0 on the season as the Lakers won 18-5. Freshman first baseman Giancarlo Brugnoni went 3-5 with two home runs, four runs scored and had 5 RBI.

The Lakers outscored the Dragons 15-1 in Saturday’s twinbill, with GVSU taking game one 10-0 and game two 5-1. Junior left-fielder Steve Anderson had a huge offensive day, going 4-4 with 5 RBI after belting a three-run homer. In the nightcap, Anderson hit the team’s fourth grand slam of the season, which ended up being the winning runs in the 5-1 win.

Anderson leads all Lakers in hits (41), RBI (37), batting average (.410), slugging percentage (.620) and is tied with Young for the team lead in home runs at 4. Confidence at the plate allowed him to have the best offensive day of his career on Saturday.

“I’ve always felt comfortable at the plate to do well,” Anderson said. “The wind was blowing out (on Saturday) and I saw a few good pitches.”

Head coach Steve Lyon said that despite the huge offensive numbers the team has posted this season, the pitching staff has continued to be the key reason for the Laker’s success en route to their 31 wins.

“I thought we were going to be pretty solid going in (to the season),” Lyon said. “The last few seasons we’ve been pretty good on the offensive side of the ball but if you asked about this season the minimal amount of runs we’ve given up is pretty astronomical. Our team ERA is great. We have several shutouts and several games where we have held opponents to only one run. In this day and age in college baseball with metal bats that’s pretty outstanding.”

GVSU has continued to dominate GLIAC opponents this year, suffering their only conference loss to Davenport University earlier in the season. Anderson said that the Lakers have the mentality to beat any team.

“We’re very confident and feel like we can beat anybody any day,” he said. “We feel that we can handle anything the GLIAC throws our way.”

The Lakers will begin a four-game set at home against Findlay University starting Friday at 1 p.m.

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