Lourdes University went on the road Saturday afternoon and posted a pair of one-run victories over Cornerstone, defeating the Golden Eagles 5-4 and 4-3 at DeWitt Field in Grand Rapids, Mich.
The Gray Wolves had to battle from behind in the opener after Cornerstone took a 2-0 lead into the sixth inning. Lourdes scored three times in the top of the sixth to take the lead. Cole Fitzgerald (Rome, N.Y./Centerville [Ohio] H.S.) singled home Nick Toth (Medina, Ohio/Hudson H.S.) with the Gray Wolves’ first run. Marty Ramirez (Toledo, Ohio/Start H.S.) and Victor Diaz (Median, Ohio/Cloverleaf H.S.) each drew bases loaded walks which put Lourdes on top.
Fitzgerald added a sacrifice fly in the seventh to increase Lourdes lead to 4-2 before Cornerstone responded with two runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game. John Crooks (Toledo, Ohio/Ottawa Hills H.S.) delivered a one-out single to start the Gray Wolves’ rally in the ninth, stole second, and went to third on a wild pitch. Ramirez singled him home with what would be the winning run.
Crooks and Fitzgerald both had two hits in the opener for Lourdes while Brandon Holt (Ravenna, Ohio/Ravenna H.S.) picked up the victory in relief. Matt Olsavsky (Waterville, Ohio/Anthony Wayne H.S.) pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the save.
In game two Lourdes jumped out to an early lead and held on for the sweep. Andy Kefalos (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton H.S.) delivered a two-run double in the top of the first and scored two batters later on an infield single by Ramirez.
Cornerstone answered with single runs in the first and second before Lourdes added what proved to be an insurance run in the sixth. Jake Conklin (Waterville, Ohio/Anthony Wayne H.S.) delivered a RBI single, his third hit of the game, to increase the lead to 4-2. The Golden Eagles scored one run in the seventh and loaded the bases, but Olsavsky recorded his second save of the day to secure the victory for Lourdes.
Lourdes (10-24, 7-16 WHAC) and Cornerstone (14-20, 3-14) will wrap up their four-game series on Monday with another doubleheader. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at DeWitt Field.