Viking Defense Leads CSU Past Wright State, 3-1

April 9, 2010

Final Stats

Contact: Renee Adam

Avon, Ohio - Anthony Sambula worked nine innings on the mound and combined with a spectacular Cleveland State defense to lead CSU to their first Horizon League win of the season, topping Wright State, 3-1 this afternoon at All Pro Freight Stadium. The Viking win snapped Wright State's six-game win streak.

The Vikings are now 7-18 overall and 1-3 in the league, while the Raiders fall to 12-11 and 3-1 in the league.

"Anthony had a great game for us on the mound today, he worked his way out of a few tough spots but he was able to hang in there and get the win," head coach Kevin Kocks said. "Our offense was better today, but there is still a lot to work on for tomorrow's games in order to keep this momentum going."

The Viking defense was the story of the game, as Wright State left 12 runners on base compared to CSU's three. Sambula, Kyle Shaffer and Jason Haditsch each played roles in forcing Raider outs to end innings in which they had runners in scoring position.

Sambula (4-3) pitched nine innings, allowing just one run on nine hits and posted eight strikeouts.

The Vikings jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after Shaffer hit his fifth homer of the season to center field in the bottom of the first inning.

Wright State answered with their lone run of the game in the top of the third, when Tristan Moore doubled to right field, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a Jake Hibberd ground out to shortstop, to tie the game at 1-1. That would be all the Raiders would post on the scoreboard as Sambula was able to strike out Quentin Cate to end the inning.

CSU quickly took back the lead in the bottom of the third with Tom Carter scoring from first base on an Alex Gnezda double to right field, giving the Vikings a 2-1 lead.

Shaffer, who had six assists on the night playing at third base for the Vikings, had three straight outs in the top of the fifth inning, stranding two Raiders in scoring position.

With two Raiders on in the top of the sixth inning Shaffer continued his defense efforts, tagging out Garrett Gray at third base on a fielder's choice to once again strand two Raiders.

The Vikings were able to escape another close inning in the top of the seventh when Haditsch made a diving stop at shortstop, with the bases loaded, to throw out Casey McGrew at second, ending yet another Wright State rally.

The final run of the game came in the bottom of the eighth inning, when Gasti recorded his fourth home run of the season, and his third in the past three games, belting one to right field, to give the Vikings the 3-1 victory.

Offensively the Vikings were led by Shaffer who went two-for-four at the plate, with one run, one RBI, one double and one home run.

Alex Kaminsky (2-2) picked up the loss for Wright State, working all eight innings, allowing three runs on six hits and striking out nine.

Cleveland State will host the Raiders again tomorrow in a doubleheader beginning at 12:00 noon at All Pro Freight Stadium.

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