GLENDALE, Wis. – The MSOE baseball season didn't end like the team wanted it to, but they still went out on a high note. The outgoing seniors were celebrated throughout the day, and one broke a historic milestone in the Raiders two game sweep of Wisconsin Lutheran to close out their 2019 season.
Wisconsin Lutheran – 1
MSOE Raiders – 8
Wisconsin Lutheran – 4
MSOE Raiders – 7
HOW IT HAPPENED
Pitching was an issue for MSOE (13-23, 10-12 NACC) yesterday, but that certainly wasn't in game one of this afternoon's doubleheader. Senior Sam Crawford (Cedar Rapids, Iowa / Linn Mar) was in full control on the bump, fooling Wisconsin Lutheran (13-24, 4-16 NACC) hitters through all nine innings. Crawford struck out 12 Warriors batters while allowing just a lone run. The bats helped Crawford get his fourth win of the season, scoring all eight of their runs in the first three innings. The Raiders plated four in the first thanks to an Aaron Trattner (Glendale, Wis. / Nicolet) triple that pushed across two. They added four more runs in the next two innings, two off a Nick Gross (Brookfield, Wis. / Marquette) double, while Noah Ernst (Naperville, Ill. / Neuqua Valley) and Brandon Beauchamp (Neenah, Wis. / Neenah) helped out with the last two runs in the 8-1 victory.
The worst part of the afternoon actually happened in between games. Before the second game of the doubleheader started, Illinois Tech defeated Marian to officially knock the Raiders out of the playoff picture. This allowed head coach Steve Sanfilippo to play mad scientist with the lineup, inserting seniors Kyle Davis (Minnetonka, Minn. / Hopkins), Matt Mohapp (Cary, Ill. / Prairie Ridge), and Crawford into various aspects of the game. Crawford continued his impressive day with an RBI single in the fifth inning, while Davis scored off a Justin Wilson (Castle Rock, Colo. / Legend) double in the fourth. The offense provided enough runs for Brad Demkovich (Algonquin, Ill. / Jacobs) to get his first win of the season, while Nathan Tremore (Ripon, Wis. / Luther Prep) got his first save as well. The Red & White sent out their seniors on a high note with a 7-4 victory.
Sam Crawford struck out 12 batters in his complete game victory during the last start of his Red & White career, but that wasn't even the best part. With his tenth strikeout of the afternoon, Crawford broke the single season strikeout record that stood since the 2008 season. He is now the proud owner of that record with a total of 61 strikeouts during the 2019 campaign.
MSOE STAT TRACKER – Two Game Totals
Andres Oselio (Beloit, Wis. / Memorial) – 2 runs, 2 hits, 1 RBI, 1 walk
Kyle Davis – 1 run, 1 hit, 1 walk
Nick Gross – 1 run, 3 hits, 2 RBIs, 1 walk
Sam Crawford – (Pitching) 9 innings, 6 hit given up, 1 run allowed, 12 strikeouts (Offense) 1 hit, 1 RBI