Missed Opportunities Lead to Doubleheader Split at Gannon

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April 29, 2009

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Erie, PA - Geneva′s baseball team had 12 hits in a game one victory over Gannon on Wednesday afternoon. The Golden Tornadoes banged out eight more hits in the night cap, but couldn′t get the big hit to take control and eventually dropped the night cap. The Golden Tornadoes defeated Gannon 8-4 in game one and dropped game two by the count of 4-3 in nine innings. The split moved Geneva′s overall record to 22-13.

Geneva trailed Gannon 2-1 heading into the fifth inning of game one before exploding for seven runs over the next three innings. The offensive onslaught was led by Tadd Eyster′s two hits and three RBI′s. Jon Jurinko was 2-2 with two runs scored and brother Joe Jurinko had three knocks and four runs driven in during the game one victory. On the mound, Matt Baer was busy picking up his seventh victory of the season with a solid 5 2/3 innings of work. Baer allowed three earned runs and struck out three before turning the game over the Mike Sulava in the sixth inning. Sulava went the final 1 1/3 to pick up his first collegiate save.

The Golden Tornadoes took advantage of their offensive opportunities in game one, but game two was a different story. Geneva left 16 runners on base during a nine-inning loss to Gannon. Derek Sumner was the hard luck loser after going the distance and falling for only the third time this season. Sumner struck out seven batters and broke his own single season strikeout record, which now sits at 93 this year. The winning run scored on a throwing error in the ninth inning after Gannon had scored a run in the seventh inning to tie the game at 3-3.

Geneva′s offense came up with eight hits in the night cap, including Phil Shallenberger′s two hits. The Golden Tornadoes will get another chance to face off against Gannon on Saturday. The two teams will hook up in another non-conference doubleheader at Geneva on Saturday afternoon.