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VU Blazer Baseball sweeps twinbill from Lakeland, 12-3, 7-2

The Vincennes University Baseball Team swept a Good Friday doubleheader from Lakeland (OH) by scores of 12-3 and 7-2 at VU's Jerry Blemker Field.

GAME 1:
In the first game - which was seven innings - Austin Gossman went the distance on the mound and outfielder Chandler Roberts (2-for-3) blasted a solo home run and a triple. The Trailblazers' 12-hit attack was also highlighted by outfielder Jared Lauer's 2-for-3 day with a triple and shortstop Justin Kirkpatrick's 2-for-3 performance at the plate that included a double.

Gossmann scattered eight hits while striking out six Lakers and issuing two walks.

Both teams scored a run in the first inning. With the exception of a third inning run, the visiting Lakers never scored again in the opener. VU, however, piled on with seven runs in the second, one in the fourth and three in the sixth inning.

The Trailblazers' second inning explosion started with first baseman Austin Slover working a leadoff walk, followed by three consecutive singles from catcher Cade Luker, second baseman Brett Yeryar and outfielder Zach Pate. Pate's hit scored Slover. One out later, Lauer launched a drive to plate Luker and Yeryar before Lauer pulled into third with his triple. Kirkpatrick followed with a single and brought Lauer home and designated hitter Levi Archer doubled to chase the Lakeland starter, score Kirkpatrick and make it 7-1, VU.

VU finished off the Game 1 offensive outburst in the sixth inning when Roberts unloaded a leadoff homer, Lauer reached on the Lakeland center fielder's error and Kirkpatrick doubled in the left-center gap to put runners at second and third. After a couple of groundouts, Slover singled to bring in both Lauer and Kirkpatrick for the final score.

GAME 2:
In Game 2, third baseman Mason Bruce clubbed a two-run home run and Pate' 3-for-3 performance in the second game included a run-scoring triple to contribute to his two-RBI game. Roberts and Kirkpatrick also drove in runs in Game 2. All that keyed the seven-run support of Trailblazer starter Pete Wissel, who worked five innings and faced three batters in the sixth to get the victory before Archer entered in relief and worked the final four frames.

Wissel held Lakeland scoreless until the sixth and scattered six hits while striking out four and walking only one hitter. The lone two runs came when the Lakers opened the sixth against Wissel with a walk and the second hitter hit a home run. After the next batter singled, Archer came on to get three quick outs. Archer yielded one hit and struck out three.

The Trailblazers got a pair of runs in the third and scored twice more in the fifth inning. VU led 4-2 when Archer started the eighth with a double and Bruce then stepped in the clear the fence for the two-run shot. Slover singled and advanced to third on sacrifices by second baseman Lucas Fagg and first baseman Grant Buckley. Then, Pate singled to bring home Slover.

VU (14-11) will finish up the three-game series with Lakeland on Saturday at Jerry Blemker Field. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.

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