Lakehead University Thunderwolves Baseball: Welcome

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Junior Kevin Faber

Welcome to the home of the Lakehead University Thunderwolves baseball team. The 2014/2015 season will see the Wolves looking to rebound from a 10-10 finish in 2013/2014. Lakehead will play a fall schedule consisting of approximately 15-20 games along with a 10-15 game schedule in the spring including a possible trip to Austin, TX during reading week. The Wolves will once again be playing in the National Club Baseball Association in the United States and will play a 12 game conference schedule in the District VI North Conference. Lakehead hopes to return to the NCBA DII District V Regional Tournament and grab a berth to the NCBA World Series in Pittsburgh, KS.


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Josh Kennedy Named NCBA Player of the Week

Josh Kennedy was named NCBA District VI North Player of the Week for his performance against the University of Minnesota this past weekend in the Thunderwolves 3 game series.

Kennedy was a nightmare for the Gopher pitchers during the weekend. In the 3 game series Josh  went 5-11 with 1 double, 1 home run and 6 rbi to go along with 4 runs scored and 2 walks to help lead the 'Wolves to 2 victory's. 



Gophers Edge 'Wolves 3-2

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Author: Hugh Mullally

Lakehead's baseball club completed their weekend series Sunday afternoon against the U Minnesota Gophers, falling 3-2.

With a brisk wind blowing across the diamond, batters were hard pressed to challenge the tall, yet medium-range fences in the outfield.
 
Brendan Flanagan took the mound for the short-staffed 'Wolves, and pitched a beauty of a game that included a five-pitch third inning (that was very nearly a three-pitch inning).
 
Flanagan got some run support in the top of the fourth, the 'Wolves plating a run to lead 1-0. The lead was short-lived, however, with the Gophers responding to tie the game with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning.
 
Lakehead did have a chance to go ahead once more in the fifth, as Robert Shedden came to the plate with runners on the corners, only to have his teammate at first base picked off to end the inning.
 
Shedden would reach base in his following at-bat the next inning, and come around to score on a sacrifice fly by Ben Kennedy (photo top).
 
Minnesota responded once more in the bottom of the sixth, knocking 'Wolves pitcher Flanagan out the game, and reaching base against reliever Alex Salterio as he struggled with his pitch location. A couple of walks and a hit batter later, Minnesota managed to tie the game at 2.
 
After stranding a base runner in the top of the 7th, the pitching issues would continue for Lakehead. The Gophers loaded the bases, and lifted a Salterio offering to the outfield for a walk-off sacrifice fly.
 
"We did a lot of good things this weekend," said Lakehead coach Jason Hart."If we said on Friday that we'd take two out of three this weekend, I'm sure there'd have been some sceptics. I always believe in these guys."
 
Hart continued, "We finally got our bats going, and got some great pitching this weekend with a limited staff. Hopefully we keep this momentum rolling into our match-up next weekend.


Tuesday, October 14
'Wolves Take Gophers Twice

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Author: Hugh Mullally

Lakehead's baseball club took the first 2 games of a 3 game series from the hosting U Minnesota Gophers on Saturday, 9-6 and 12-6.
 
Game 1 - Lakehead 9; Minnesota 6
In a game that went 2 extra innings into the 9th, Lakehead's baseball team rallied from behind to scratch out a 9-6 win over the U Minnesota Gophers, their first conference win of the season.

The Thunderwolves baseball club took to the diamond under ideal autumn conditions at Lakeview Terrace field in North Minneapolis. 

Starting pitcher Ben Kennedy a 3rd year mechanical engineering student took the mound despite a nasty contusion that bulged about a half inch out from his right ankle. He sustained the injury on a foul tip 2 weeks prior, but was convinced by his brother (and catcher) Josh to make the start.

After a rough beginning to the game, Ben settled in after giving up 3 runs in the 1st inning to battle all the way to 7th, throwing 108 pitches, striking out 9 while walking 5 batters and giving up 7 hits.

Lakehead batters helped out their starter in the 3rd inning thanks to some small ball, as Brock Vandenbrand walked, followed by Nate Brady being hit by a pitch. A sacrifice bunt by Tyler Beckie advanced the runners, and singles by Nick Feren and Rob Shedden plated 2 runs. The Gophers' countered with a run in the 4th to make it 4-2.

Second baseman Robert Shedden put a charge into a pitch in the 5th inning that soared over the left field fence for a solo homerun.

"Damn that felt good," Shedden said as he returned to the dugout following his trot around the bases to make it 4-3.

The big hit energized the 'Wolves, who put some more offense together in the 6th inning beginning with a double off the fence from shortstop Jason Eberlin. The hit was followed by 2 more runs to put Lakehead up 5-4, which also knocked out Gophers' starter and player/coach, Kerry Ledin.

With nobody out in the bottom of the 7th the Gophers' catcher would reach first base on a drive to centre on Ben Kennedy's final pitch of the game. A pinch runner would come come around to score and tie the game to force extra innings. Coach Jason Hart encouraged his 'Wolves to keep battling, and battle they did.

Shortstop Jason Eberlin made consecutive plays to record outs, and was also beaned in the 8th inning. It was ruled after the play that he went around and the pitch was ruled a strike.

Lakehead reliever Alex Salterio would come into the game in the 7th and carry his team the rest of the way.

The 'Wolves finally blew the doors open in the 9th, scoring 4 runs and holding the Gophers to 1 run in the bottom of the inning to end the marathon game.

Lakehead top performers: 
Rob Shedden 3-4, BB, 2 rbi's 
Brendan Flanagan, 2-4, 2 2B, 2 rbi's
Nick Feren 2-5, 2 rbi's

Pitchers:
Ben Kennedy 9 Ks, 5 BBs, 6.0 IP
Alex Salterio, 3.0 IP
 
Game 2 - Lakehead 12; Minnesota 6
 
With Lakehead's bats awakened and confidence growing on defense, game 2 of the day was a smoother affair. Starter James Shaw threw a complete game on 130 pitches with 2 strikeouts and 2 walks.
 
The 'Wolves scored in bunches, with 4 runs in each of the 3rd, 4th and 7th innings to seal the win over a Gophers team that seemed to have been decoded by the 'Wolves.
 
Josh Kennedy went 3-for-5 with 6 rbi's, which included a 3-run bomb in the 7th that gave Lakehead a cushion to coast to victory.
 
Shaw did give up a solo homer in the final inning, but would get 2 other Gophers to fly out to end the threat and finish the game.
 
"It feels great to get these conference wins under our belt," said coach Jason Hart. "We've had a rough go up to this point, but to reach pay dirt with a couple of wins is very rewarding for this young group of athletes."
 
Lakehead top performers:
 
Josh Kennedy 3-5 6rbi's , 3R HR
Shedden 2-5 2 1B , 1 rbi
Nick 2-5 2 2B 2rbi 
Ben Kennedy 1-5 3rbi's
 
James Shaw 2K's, 4BB, 130 pitches, complete game
 


Thunderwolves Split Doubleheader

The Lakehead University Thunderwolves baseball club opened the season this past weekend in International Falls with a game against Brandon College Cardinals and a scrimmage against Rainy River Community College Voyageurs. The Thunderwolves picked up a win in the first contest 5-4 over Brandon.

 

Game #1

Lakehead University Thunderwolves         5

Brandon Cardinals                                        4

 

Kevin Faber had 2 rbi, Brock Vandenbrand was 1-2 with a double and 2 rbi and Brendan Flanagan was 1-3 with 1 rbi

Ben Kennedy got the start and went 3 innings giving up 4 hits, with 2 strikeouts and 0 earned runs. James Shaw (1-0) tossed the last 4 innings limiting the Cardinals to 1 hit, while striking out 3 and allowing 0 earned runs to pick up the win.

 

In the scrimmage against Rainy River Community College Rob Shedden was 3-4 with a double,  Josh Kennedy added 2-4 with a double and 4 rbi and Brendan Flanagan was 2-4 with a triple and 3 rbi.

 

On the mound for the Thunderwolves Kevin Faber tossed 3 innings allowing 3 hits and striking out 6, while Jacob Gold went 3 innings in relief limiting the Voyageurs to 4 hits and fanning 5 batters.

 

The Thunderwolves open up conference play this weekend here in Thunder Bay against the University of Minnesota @ Moorhead. On Saturday the game times are 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and the series concludes on Sunday with a single game at 11 a.m. all games are played at Baseball Central, “Home of the Thunderwolves”.




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