Baseball Wraps Up Spring Break on the Road
Ravens fall to Kansas Wesleyan twice, Briar Cliff once
SALINA – The Raven baseball team took on Kansas Wesleyan University and Briar Cliff University on Friday and Saturday to wrap up Spring Break.
Benedictine (6-11) took on KWU on Friday and fell to the Coyotes 14-6. On Saturday, the Ravens fell to KWU 16-2 and Briar Cliff 10-7.
On Friday, Benedictine sent pitcher Bryan Poland (Sr., Bothell, Wash.) to the hill for the start. Poland threw five innings, allowing four earned runs off nine hits before he was relieved by Brett Slobodzian (Jr., Platte City, Mo.) and Austin Harrison (Fr., Fulton, Mo.)
Slobodzian was saddled with the loss in relief. He went two and one-third innings, giving up three earned runs off eight hits and was the pitcher of record when KWU took the lead for good in the sixth inning.
At the plate, the Ravens tallied nine hits - three of which were for extra bases.
First baseman Sean O'Grady (Jr., San Jose, Calif.) went 1 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs. Right fielder Ryan Lengyl (Sr., Euless, Texas) went 2 for 5 with a triple and shortstop Josh Piper (Sr., McPherson) added a double. Catcher Patrick Walseth (Fr., Tulsa) went 2 for 3 with two RBIs to wrap up the Ravens top hitters.
On Saturday, pitcher Michael Rowland (Sr., Kansas City, Mo.) earned the start against KWU.
Rowland threw three and one-third innings to suffer the loss. He finished giving up four earned runs off five hits before being relieved by pitchers John Huber (Jr., Olathe), Peter Del Castillo (Soph., Overland Park) and John Scofield (Fr., Grandview, Mo.)
At the plate, the Ravens were held to just five hits. Second baseman Alan Burns (Jr., Overland Park) went 3 for 3 with two RBIs while center fielder Ben Loughman (Soph,. Lenexa) went 2 for 3.
In what proved to be the final game of the weekend – Sunday's schedule seven-inning game against Briar Cliff was canceled due to the weather – the Ravens started pitcher Adam Pink (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M.).
Pink threw four scoreless innings before he was relieved in the fifth inning. He finished allowing seven runs off seven hits over four and one-third innings.
Relievers Adam Burns (Fr., Overland Park) and Slobodzian finished the game.
At the plate, Benedictine tallied nine hits – three of which were for extra bases.
O'Grady and designated hitter Aaron Molinaro (Jr., Lincoln, Neb.) each recorded a home run. Molinaro finished the game going 3 for 3 with three RBIs. O'Grady added two RBIs and third baseman Matt Macias (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.) finished with a double and two RBIs.
The Ravens are off this week before returning to the road on Saturday to open conference play. Benedictine takes on Culver-Stockton at 1 p.m. Saturday to start off their 2012 HAAC schedule.