College Baseball

Hawks reset with offensive onslaught against Trojans

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Mar. 12, 2020 12:10 am

QUINCY -- Reset. Restart. Revive.

That was the plan the Quincy University baseball team took into its midweek doubleheader against Hannibal-LaGrange University.

After getting swept by Bellarmine on the opening weekend of Great Lakes Valley Conference play, the Hawks needed to regroup and re-energize the offense before a road trip to Rockhurst. A 24-2, 15-2 twinbill sweep Wednesday afternoon at QU Stadium did just that.

"Get things going again, get the feel-good swings going, get back on the mound and get things rolling again," senior catcher Jacob Kalusniak said.

It didn't take long, although it came after an inauspicious beginning.

HLGU tagged QU right-hander John Hurayt for a pair of runs in the top of the first inning, marking the third time in the last four games the Hawks allowed two or more runs in the top of first inning. They lost the two previous times it happened.

"Nobody panicked and kept with it," Kalusniak said. "We knew we were going to score runs. After that, I thought we answered well."

A five-run rally in the bottom of the first, highlighted by Kalusniak's three-run home run to left field, put the Hawks (10-6) in the lead for good. They proceeded to score two or more runs in each of their six at-bats and crushed seven home runs, the loudest of which was the last one.

With two outs in the bottom of the sixth and a runner on first base, bullpen catcher Eschem Rosenblatt, a junior, got his first collegiate at-bat. On an 0-2 count, Rosenblatt blasted a two-run home run to left field as he teammates spilled out of the dugout and everyone from the bullpen came roaring in from the left field corner to congratulate him.

It was one of 16 hits the Hawks accumulated. Dayson Croes went 3 for 3 with two RBIs, and Tyler Carpenter was 2 for 2 with five RBIs.

"Relentless," said Kalusniak, who went 2 for 3 with four RBIs. "When we're down, we still fight. We had a bad weekend last week, but we've come out ready to play this week."

In the nightcap, the Trojans (7-13) scored a single run in the top of the first, only to have Justin Eads, Carpenter and Lane Baremore deliver RBI singles in the bottom of the inning. The Hawks ended up with 16 hits as Gine D'Alessio went 4 for 5, Nolan Wosman went 2 for 4 with four RBIs and Lance Logsdon was 2 for 3 with three RBIs.

It made a winner of freshman left-hander Nolan Roseman, who allowed two runs and seven hits over five innings. John Hurayt was nearly as good in the opener, earning the victory as he allowed two runs and three hits over five innings with 11 strikeouts.

"Guys came out and threw strikes, competed out there and did really well," Kalusniak said.