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Baseball Travels to Lewis Thursday, Davenport This Weekend

Baseball Travels to Lewis Thursday, Davenport This Weekend
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Baseball Travels to Lewis Thursday, Davenport This Weekend

HAMMOND, Ind. & WESTVILLE, Ind. -- The Purdue University Northwest baseball team travels to Lewis for a non-conference game on Thursday then travels to Davenport for a four-game Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference series starting on Friday and ends on Sunday.

The Pride (13-14) takes on the Flyers (15-16) at Brennan Field in Romeoville, Illinois starting at 3 p.m. CT Thursday.

PNW then takes on the Panthers (17-11) at the Farmers Insurance Athletic Complex starting at 3 p.m. CT Friday.

PNW started the scoring right away in the top of the first inning with two runs. Brett Veltema (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) hit a sacrifice fly to left field scoring Nick Albanese (Algonquin, Ill./Marian Central Catholic) then Kevin McCune (Munster, Ind./Andrean) ripped a double down the left field line to make it 2-0 which scored Hunter Thorn (Portage, Ind./Portage) from second base. 

Couple innings later, McCune made it 3-0 after getting hit by the pitch which scored Albanese. Wayne State responded in the bottom half of the third frame with a run of their own to make it 3-1 PNW.

McCune came up big again for the Pride in the fifth inning. as he roped a single to right field scoring Ray Hilbrich (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) from second and Albanese from third which made it 5-1.

After the Warriors changed pitchers for the top of the sixth inning, PNW was able to add two more runs in the frame. Hilbrich had an RBI single that scored Michael Woods (Elk Grove, Ill./Elk Grove) to make it 6-1 then the Pride extended it to 7-1 after Veltema also recorded an RBI single scoring Thorn from second.

Wayne State would not go away as the Warriors added one back in the bottom half of the inning to make it 7-2. The bottom of the ninth is when things got interesting. 

PNW starting pitcher Alex Batistatos (Hobart, Ind./Hobart) was trying to record the complete game victory but Wayne State was looking for a late rally. The Warriors made it 7-3 with two outs in the ninth but then singled, drew a walk and doubled in another run to make it 7-4.

That was the end of the day for Batistatos. Joe Davi (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central) came in for the one-out save with the tying run at the plate and the senior did just that, forcing a fly out to left for his first save of the season.

Lewis will be coming off a game against Illinois-Springfield on April 9. The Flyers are led by Brandon Post, who is hitting .425, 35 runs, 51 hits, four home runs and 26 RBI.

Davenport is coming off a win against Aquinas on April 9. The Panthers are led by Jacob Buchberger, who is hitting .377 with 43 hits, seven doubles, six home runs, 30 runs scored and 29 RBI. 

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