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Seventh-ranked St. Cloud State loses twice

St. Cloud State Baseball

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. -- St. Cloud State ended its first weekend of the 2014 season with a 2-2 record as it fell to Quincy 12-1 and No. 27 Arkansas Tech 5-4 on Sunday afternoon.

In game one Sunday against Quincy, the Hawks took a 2-0 lead scoring off a couple of singles in the bottom of the first inning but the Huskies would bring the game within one in the top of the second. Karl Sorensen singled to right center in the second to score Zach Hoffmann for a 2-1 game.

The Hawks would continue to extend their lead though scoring two in the the second, six in the third, and two in the sixth for a 12-1 victory over the Huskies.

SCSU's Garrett Harrison was the pitcher of record in the contest with two innings of work. He posted one strikeout in the game and allowed six runs and four hits in the game. Coming in to relieve Harrison was Ryan Diers for two innings. Finishing the game for the Huskies was Scott Sanderson, pitching four innings to hold the Hawks to only two runs on two hits.

In game two against Arkansas Tech, it was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth when Tech took a 1-0 lead against the Huskies. They would extend their lead in the fifth 5-0, scoring on four hits.

St. Cloud would start their comeback in the top of the sixth as Zak Hoffman singled with Karl Sorensen on third to score making it a 5-1 game. The Huskies ended the inning with two hits.

It was not until the top of the ninth when the Huskies brought the game within one as Travis Enger hit a three-run home run to left field for a 5-4 game. St. Cloud was unable to get another run as they fell to Arkansas Tech.

Starting on the mound and pitcher of record against Tech with six innings of work was Logan Spitzack. Pitching half an inning for the Huskies was Nick Maiers and finishing the game was Reese Gregory for 1.2 innings.

No. 6 Grand Valley State 12, Southern Indiana 6

EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Senior first baseman Giancarlo Brugnoni sits alone at the top of the Grand Valley State career home run list after his career day in a 12-6 victory for the No. 6 Lakers against Southern Indiana.

Grand Valley State moves to 2-1 on the year, while Southern Indiana falls to 2-4.

Brugnoni made his mark on history in the top of the first inning. Following a one-out single by junior Jesse Abel and a flyout, Brugnoni came to the plate and took the first pitch he saw over the opposite field wall in right field for a 2-0 Laker lead. It was the 33rd long ball of his career, breaking him out of a tie with Larry David (1979-82) and Dustin Vugteveen (2000-01) at the top of the career home run list.

After Southern Indiana got one back in the bottom of the first and the teams exchanged scoreless at-bats in the second inning, Brugnoni kept his huge day going in the top of the third. The rally started with a one-out single from junior Mike Nadratowski and a single from Abel that put runners on first and third. After Abel stole second and junior Kevin Zak walked, Brugnoni came to the plate and cleared the bases with a three-RBI double in to left field, making it a 5-1 game.

Senior Taylor Banks then walked and junior Jamie Potts singled to load the bases again, and this time it was senior Stuart Eisler who delivered with a two-RBI single in to left field to make it a 7-1 advantage for the Lakers.