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Kauffman goes yard twice in split

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GROVE CITY, PA, March 31, 2001--Senior RF Nate Kauffman (Canonsburg, PA/Canon-McMillan) continued his torrid home run pace, cracking his fifth and sixth round-trippers through the first nine games, as the Wolverines split a doubleheader against visiting Waynesburg Saturday afternoon.

Grove City dropped the first game, 9-4, despite two homers from Kauffman and one by senior RHP J.G. Louden (Morgantown, WV/University).  The Wolverines were held to four hits in the nightcap, but escaped with a 4-3 victory to improve to 6-3 overall, 4-1 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference.

Kauffman and Louden each had three hits in the loss, accounting for six of the team's eight safeties in the game.  The two belted back-to-back homers in the second inning, giving the Wolverines a 2-1 lead, but Waynesburg tied the game with a run in third before jumping ahead with two runs in the fifth.  Grove City scored a run in the bottom of the fifth to pull within 4-3, but the Yellow Jackets added four insurance runs in the sixth and one in the seventh.

Louden (2-1) took the loss, allowing eight runs (seven earned) on eight hits in six innings.  He struck out five and walked five.

Freshman RHP Sean O'Donnell (Brackenridge, PA/St. Joseph) made his first college start in Game Two and surrendered just three unearned runs on three hits through five and two-thirds innings.  O'Donnell (1-0) punched out four and walked one.  Freshman RHP Matt Kearney (New Castle, PA/Neshannock) tossed the final inning and a third and notched his second save in as many days.

Kauffman went 2-for-3 in the second game and scored twice.  Senior Adam Myers (Conneaut Lake, PA/Conneaut Lake) and sophomore 1B Steve Navarro (Gilbertsville, PA/The Hill School) drove in runs in the second and fourth innings, respectively, to tie the game, 2-2.  Grove City went ahead for good with two unearned runs in the fifth.

After going 5-for-6 in the doubleheader, Kauffman raised his batting average to a team-high .433 (13-30).  The two homers helped boost his slugging average to 1.100.

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