MARCH 19, 2018 GRAND VALLEY LANTHORN @GVLSPORTS
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DYNAMIC DUO: GVSU pitcher Tate Brawley (22) and catcher Connor Glick (16) fist bump at the mound after closing out the game for a victory against Ashland on April 12, 2017. Against non-conference opponent Lewis University, the Lakers won three of four contests over a two-day span to improve their record to 11-8 on the year before GLIAC play begins Friday, March 23, against Purdue Northwest. GVL | KEVIN SIELAFF
GV baseball pulls off road series win against Lewis BY BRADY MCATAMNEY ASSISTANTSPORTS@LANTHORN.COM
Friday, March GVSU 5, Lewis 2
On a chilly afternoon in Romeoville, Illinois, the Lakers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead starting with an RBI single off the bat of first baseman Ryan Blake-Jones. Three batters later, third baseman Ricky Clark reached on a basesloaded error, allowing two unearned runs to score. The three first-inning runs would be all the Lakers needed, but they managed to score twice more in the fifth inning, once again courtesy of a Blake-Jones RBI single.
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people away, though he was more humble than boastful about it. “I was proud of that,” Keizer said. “I knew going in I’d probably put up more than most of those guys. There’s a lot of measurables. That’s just one of the tests, and, to be honest, it’s one of the more insignificant tests.
Ryan Arnold pitched eight innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits while walking two and striking out four on his way to his fourth win of the season (4-0). Kyle Lawson came on to pitch a scoreless ninth inning, allowing only one baserunner via a walk. The Lakers compiled 10 hits on the afternoon with eight combined coming from Blake-Jones, left fielder Zach Berry, right fielder Jacob Gleason and shortstop Alex Mandeville, all of whom had two hits each.
five innings in long relief for GVSU, retiring every batter he faced while striking out five. The performance earned him his first win of 2018 (1-1).
On a day nearly identical to the last in terms of weather, GVSU once again gained
an early lead when BlakeJones reached on an error by the Flyers’ third baseman in the first inning, allowing Zach Berry to score. The 1-0 lead would hold up until the fourth when—guess who— Blake-Jones hit his teamhigh third home run of the season to left field, tallying the Lakers’ lead to 2-0. However, Lewis would show some fight in the bottom of the inning, scoring three runs to take their first lead of the series. They would take that lead into the eighth when Gleason’s sacrifice fly knotted the score at 3. Then, in the ninth inning, the Lakers added two unearned runs to secure their eventual 5-3 win. Josh D. Smith pitched
As long as you get above 20 at my position, in my mind it’s just kind of a check. It was good, but there’s a lot of other areas, too, so I’m not really hanging my laurels on that.” Even if he is not selected in the draft, Keizer should have no problem finding a team as he has already had multiple meetings with NFL scouts who have declared their interest in signing him as a preferred free agent if he makes it through draft day.
He is not alone in Allendale in that regard. Pougnet, with 22 reps on the bench press, a 4.64-second 40 time and a 32-inch vertical, was pleased with the way he performed on Thursday, and his athleticism and versatility should make him an ideal fit for a number of teams. “I feel really good,” Pougnet said. “Still have a couple more things to do with position work, actually football stuff now, but from a num-
bers point of view, I feel really good about things. Yeah, I’m happy with it so far but want to finish strong. I just kind of look at myself as a football player. (I’ll play) wherever (teams) want to put me. “Linebacker, safety, nickel, (defensive) end, special teams as well. ... We’ll see where they want to put me. I always try to attack everything with a great attitude. No matter what the situation is, hope-
Saturday, March 17: GVSU 5, Lewis 3
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Sunday, March 18: GVSU 10, Lewis 11
In the closest game of the weekend, the Flyers completed a massive comeback, scoring six runs in the sixth inning while trailing 10-5. The Lakers had scored in each of the first five innings to build up the advantage, including runs from a Blake-Jones threerun homer in the first extra-base hits from Berry and Gleason in the fifth. However, the Flyers scored just enough at the
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end of the game to pull off the victory, shutting the Lakers out in the top of the seventh in the front end of a doubleheader. GVSU’s offensive attack was led by the middle of the order, with the two through five hitters combining for nine of the team’s 11 hits with six RBIs and eight runs scored.
In danger of tying a series they once led 2-0, the Lakers pulled off the win in the rubber match of the four-game set in Romeoville. For the second time of the day, GVSU got off to a relatively strong start, scoring in three of the first
four innings, including a four-run fourth fueled by a Blake-Jones’ two-run single and Austin LaDoux’s double to drive in two more. LaDoux was the star of the show, collecting three hits in four at-bats while driving in four runs and scoring one on a solo home run in the second inning. The Laker bullpen held the game down with Noah Lamboley pitching 3.1 innings, allowing only one hit and one walk while striking out two. Lawson came on for the bottom of the seventh to retire the Flyers in order with two strikeouts sprinkled in to earn his fifth save of the season. After the 3-1 weekend, the Lakers are now 11-8 in 2018.
fully I’m a good leader to everyone else out here. I’m going to give it all I’ve got.” Meanwhile, while Bean’s pro day numbers were solid, he has already received reported interest from the Detroit Lions, according to draft analyst Tony Pauline. “A couple of guys are probably better football players than testers, like Brandon Bean is a better football player, might be a little better with the pads on, so you have
to take it all in a combination,” Mitchell said. “It’s not all about what you see here in T-shirts and shorts.” Any player who is eligible to be selected but is not drafted will then immediately become a preferred free agent able to sign with any team. The NFL Draft begins the evening of Thursday, April 26, with the first round and is scheduled to conclude Saturday, April 28, with rounds four through seven.
Sunday, March GVSU 7, Lewis 4
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