College Baseball: Ridgewater gets sweep; state next
BRAINERD -- Ridgewater capped the regular season by sweeping Central Lakes 12-1 and 9-3 in a MCAC baseball doubleheader Saturday.
The Warriors will take a 28-12 record into the state tournament that starts Thursday in St. Cloud. Ridgewater got the No. 2 seed and will play No. 7 Mesabi Range in the quarterfinals at noon on Joe Faber Field.
Luke Frauendienst and Shane Kampsen both went 4-for-5 in the opener get jumpstart the Warriors. Kampsen doubled three times with one driving in two runs in the fourth and another knocking in three to clear the bases in the seventh.
Cody Conners capped the scoring with a two-run homer as Ridgewater plated seven runs in the seventh.
Chris Braaten struck out four in three innings of relief to get the win.
Another home run capped the scoring for Ridgewater in the second game as Benji Hager slugged a grand slam in the seventh.
Frauendienst collected three more hits and Ryan Speltz earned the win after striking out seven and not giving up a hit in three innings of relief.
Ridgewater 12, Central Lakes 1
Ridgewater 100 400 7 -- 12 15 1
Central Lakes 010 000 0 -- 1 4 3
HITTING - Ridgewater: Luke Frauendienst 4-for-5, 2 2b's, 2 runs; Shane Kampsen 4-for-5, 3 2b's, 5 rbi; Matt Christensen 2-for-3, rbi; Benji Hager 1-for-4; Clint Aretz 1-for-4; Austen Hadley 1-for-4, 2 runs; Mike Weber 1-for-3, 2b; Cody Conners 1-for-2, 2-run HR, 2 rbi ... Central Lakes: Josh Janzen 1-for-3; Cody Stange 1-for-3; Ben Kepner 1-for-3; Keegan Meagher 1-for-3
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Ridgewater: Matt Christensen 3-2-1-1-1-2, Chris Braaten (W) 3-2-0-0-0-4, Cody Johnson 1-0-0-0-0-2 ... Central Lakes: Kyle Schaible (L) 6-12-7-4-4-3, Trevor Howard 1-3-5-5-0-0
Ridgewater 9, Central Lakes 3
Ridge (14-2, 28-12) 100 004 4 -- 9 11 0
C.Lakes 000 000 3 -- 3 6 0
HITTING - Ridgewater: Luke Frauendienst 3-for-4, 2 runs; Cameron Lehner 1-for-4; Shane Kampsen 1-for-2, rbi; Matt Christensen 2-for-4; Benji Hager 2-for-3, grand slam HR, 5 rbi; Clint Aretz 1-for-3; Austen Hadley 1-for-3, rbi ... Central Lakes: Trevor VanHeel 2-for-3; Aaron Olefson 1-for-3; Cody Stange 1-for-4, 2b; Keegan Meagher 1-for-3; Will Wilson 1-for-2, rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Ridgewater: Cody Connors 3-3-0-0-0-5, Ryan Speltz (W) 3-0-0-0-1-7, Mitch Allure 1/3-3-3-3-1-0, Austen Hadley 2/3-0-0-0-1-0 ... Central Lakes: Josh Janzen (L) 51/3-7-4-3-3-3, Trevor Howard 12/3-4-5-5-1-1