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April 18, 2006

Grove City sweeps D'Youville

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College baseball team improved to 18-6 overall Tuesday afternoon by sweeping visiting D'Youville in a non-conference doubleheader at College Field. Grove City won the opener 16-0, then took the second game, 15-3.

Grove City broke the opener open with an 8-run second inning. A two-run triple by senior right fielder Jerry Ott (Bridgeville, Pa./South Fayette) helped key the outburst. Grove City also scored twice in the first, third, fourth and fifth innings.

Ott also singled and drove in three runs while sophomore third baseman Bryan Pierrot (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth) doubled and singled. Freshman outfielder Seth Thompson (Canton, Ohio/GlenOak) tripled while senior shortstop Mike Ritter (Moon Township, Pa./Moon), sophomore catcher Raymer Mertz (Glenshaw, Pa./Shaler) and sophomore outfielder Pat Messner (McDonald, Pa./West Allegheny) all doubled.

Sophomore outfielder John Coyne (Solon, Ohio/Solon) went 2-for-2 and drove in two runs. Mertz, Ritter and sophomore infielder Steve Zimora (Cobleskill, N.Y./Richmondville) also drove in two runs each.

Senior pitcher Erik Arnesen (Princeton, N.J./Timothy Christian) improved to 6-0 on the season by allowing one hit in four innings. He struck out eight. Freshman Zach Hillegas (Bridgeport, W. Va./Bridgeport) pitched two scoreless innings while junior Eric Hull (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) pitched a scoreless seventh.

In the nightcap, the Wolverines fell behind 3-0 in the first inning before charging back. Ritter tripled twice and also singled in four appearances while Ott belted a three-run home run in the first. Junior outfielder Chris Schwamberger (Mansfield, Ohio/Madison) went 4-for-5 with two runs scored. Thompson went 2-for-3 with three runs scored while freshman third baseman Cody Koontz (Moundsville, W. Va./John Marshall) tripled home two runs.

Four Grove City pitchers combined on a four-hitter. Senior Mike Kennedy (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) made his first career start and pitched two innings, allowing three runs (one earned). Senior Ryan Carr (New Castle, Pa./Mohawk) and junior Neil Hoagland (Cabot, Pa./Knoch) each pitched two perfect innings of relief while sophomore Andy Lightholder (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan) pitched a perfect seventh inning.

Carr received the win, improving to 5-1 on the season.

Grove City will host Lake Erie Thursday night in a non-conference game at Cene Park in Struthers, Ohio at 7 p.m.

Game One Box Score                Game Two Box Score

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