Vikings Rally To Earn Split With Wright State
April 18, 2004
Contact: Kevin Zeise
CLEVELAND - Cleveland State scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh and held on to take the series finale from Wright State, 3-2, on Sunday at Forest Hill Park. Gian Testa threw a complete-game four-hitter in his first start of the season for his second victory.
"Gian was outstanding in his first start of the year," head coach Jay Murphy said. "For him to come out today and throw a complete game was a tremendous help to the team. This was a very important win for us."
The Vikings (7-17, 5-3 Horizon) scored a pair of runs in the seventh inning, all charged to Wright State starter Kevin Kuntz. Mike Ochwat led off the inning with a single to center and moved to second when Dominic Erney was hit by a pitch. Marc Sikora then hit a hard single to the first baseman, scoring Ochwat from second and moving Erney to third. Erney then scored the game-winning run when Jim Waller hit a looping double that landed just fair in front of the outfield grass and rolled to the dugout fence.
The Vikings took the lead in the fourth inning when Doug Besozzi hit a two-out single to right center. The senior catcher then moved to third on Erney's single to right, but had to be removed from the game after injuring his leg rounding second. Ochwat came on to run for Besozzi and scored on Sikora's double down the right field line.
Wright State (13-24, 5-7 Horizon) tied the game in the fifth inning and went ahead 2-1 on Bryan Vickers' solo home run to left before the Vikings rallied in the bottom half of the inning.
Testa went the full nine innings, allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out 11. Despite throwing more than 100 pitches, Testa still recorded four called strikeouts in the final three innings.
Cleveland State, at 5-3 in league play, stands tied with Butler in second place in the Horizon, a game behind UIC, who split their four-game series at UW-Milwaukee.
The Vikings embark on a two-game road trip, playing at Toledo on Tuesday (April 20) and Michigan a day later before returning home to face UW-Milwaukee in a four-game league series. The first three games, including Saturday's doubleheader, will be played at Eastlake Stadium, with the final game on Sunday at Forest Hill Park.