Gibbard throws Lynn past Winona St.
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Ninth-ranked Lynn weathered the elements in a 4-1 victory against Winona State on Saturday.
It was the bottom half of the order that supplied the offense, with Kyle Radzewski and Joey Sharkey going a combined 4-for-8 and knocking in two runs apiece. Ryan Gibbard picked up his third win with six shutout innings. The Fighting Knights improved to 12-6. The Warriors dropped to 2-3.
Winona State starter Kodey Simon ran into some trouble early as the Blue & White strung together a couple of infield singles in the second inning. With the left-handed Sharkey at the plate and runners on the corners, the Warriors shied their defense toward the right side but the junior catcher slipped a ground ball through the hole on the left side to put LU ahead 1-0.
Radzewski made it a 2-0 game a batter later when he lifted a RBI double over the head of left fielder Ben Weeks.
Gibbard (3-1) breezed through the first two innings until Derek Wojcik and Mike Wasilik posted back-to-back singles in the third. The talk right-hander picked off Wasilik at first base then got Nate Van Roekel to foul out to Anthony Boza at first base to end the frame. Winona State threatened again in the fourth with runners on the corners but Adam Gemuenden struck out and Weeks hit a chopper back to the mound.
Rain clouds started forming in the sixth and the Fighting Knights used a bit of that thunder for their bats in a two-out rally. Sharkey ripped a triple inside the right field line to score Alex Bello and Radzewski followed again with a single over Gemuenden’s glove at first to give Lynn a 4-0 lead.
Shawn Kale entered in the seventh and after two pitches, including a single, the game was delayed by lightning and rain. An hour and a half later Kale struggled to find his rhythm out of the gate, surrendering two singles to make it a 4-1 game.
The senior right-hander settled down and allowed one more hit over the next two innings while fanning five batters in total to pick up his second save of the year. Combined, Lynn’s starters allowed nine hits and one run with seven K’s and no walks. Saturday marked the first time this season LU did not issue a walk.