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ISSUE 120 VOL 13 PUBLISHED 3/2/2007

Baseball great, even late

By Ryan Maus
Staff Writer

Friday, March 2, 2007

At 10 p.m. on a Tuesday night, what kinds of things are usually going in your mind? Should I start my homework yet? Will I still fall asleep if I drink this second can of Diet Coke?

How about playing in a baseball doubleheader?

Due to scheduling complications associated with the venue (H.H.H. Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis), the St. Olaf baseball team began its season-opening doubleader with the University of Dubuque (Iowa) at the unusual time of 9:45 p.m. The Oles swept the pair of contests with the Spartans by scores of 5-3 and 9-0, with game two ending at the early morning hour of 2 a.m.

2006 third-team All-American starting pitcher Todd Mathison ‘09 struggled somewhat in game one. Mathison, who went 9-0 as a first-year hurler last spring, allowed three runs in the top of the first inning before settling down and tossing three scoreless frames.

However, Andrew Schmiesing ‘08 and Luke Gagnon ‘08 ensured that head coach Matt McDonald would not begin his 13th season with a loss. Schmiesing went 2-4 with two triples, and one of his three-baggers coming on a deep fly ball lost in the Metrodome roof (scoring two runs in the Oles’ four-run fourth). Gagnon rapped out two doubles and went 3-3 in the first game.

In the second game, Ole ace Paul Johnson ‘08 dominated the Spartan’s hitters over four scoreless innings. Johnson allowed just two hits and struck out five. Andy Dimick ‘08 followed in relief, picking the win with three hitless frames.

Offensively, the fireworks occured in the third (which began around 12:30 a.m.). Schmiesing’s third triple of the year, a bases-loaded effort that drove in three runs, broke open a scoreless game and paved the way for a big six-run Ole inning.

Gagnon hit two more doubles in game two, giving him four on the young season, and St. Olaf tacked on three more runs to win 9-0.

St. Olaf will travel to the Metrodome again next Tuesday, albeit at a more reasonable hour. The Oles play a doubleheader with UW-Stout beginning at 12:15 p.m.

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