Kueter Goes Eight Strong to Lift UD Over Loras

Apr 16, 2019

The Spartans get the suicide squeeze down to perfection in the seventh inning. UD beat the Loras College Duhawks 6-2 on Dan. W. Runkle Field.

Box Score

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
Loras............... 100 000 100 -  2  9  0
Dubuque, Univ. of... 010 200 30X -  6  8  1

DUBUQUE, Iowa – The University of Dubuque baseball team took the first of three regular season games against rival Loras College on Tuesday afternoon with a 6-2 win over the Duhawks.

How It Happened
-Loras came up with two-out hit into the right centerfield gap, just out of the reach of Justin Jensen and JJ Valenica, to give Loras a 1-0 lead.
-JJ Valenica reached in the bottom of the second with a two-out walk, and promptly stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Jarad Clevenger then delivered a base knock to centerfield to plate Valencia and even it up at 1-1.
-Loras loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the third but Chase Kueter punched out a Duhawk to escape the jam without giving up a run.
-The Spartans busted through with another two-out hit in the bottom of the fourth inning, this time coming off the bat of Zach McCoy with the bases loaded. McCoy hit a line shot into the right centerfield gap to bring home two runs. Jarad Clevenger tried scoring from first but got thrown out at home on a perfect 9-4-2 relay to end the inning after UD grabbed a 3-1 lead.
-Loras cut the UD lead to one run in the seventh after the Duhawks converted on a double steal of second and third. UD committed a throwing error on the play to allow one run to score, but Kueter would strike out the following batter to allow just the one run.
-The Spartans and Jordan Goldstein converted on a perfect suicide squeeze in the bottom half of the seventh to get that run right back. UD added another run on a wild pitch and for good measure converted on another suicide squeeze to move ahead 6-2 after seven innings, where the lead would hold for the final two innings.

At the Plate
-Jarad Clevenger: 3-3, 2B, BB, 1 R, 1 RBI
-JJ Valencia: 2-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
-Zach McCoy: 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2B

On the Mound
Chase Kueter (W, 5-3): 8.0 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
Nathan Schneiderman: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Up Next
The Spartans travel to Central College for a single game on Friday beginning at 3:00 p.m. and a doubleheader on Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. first pitch.