CHICAGO -- Dominating performances in all aspects earned the University of Chicago baseball team two convincing wins Monday, as the Maroons downed visiting Lawrence University in two shortened, seven-inning contests Monday.
UChicago won by scores of 17-1 and 16-1 to win their third and fourth-straight games, all in the Midwest Conference North Division. The Maroons improved to 17-6 overall and 6-2 in the MWC North, while the Vikings fell to 3-16 overall and 0-8.
Kyle Petri (5-0) and Joe Liberman (3-0) earned wins for the Maroons, while junior Payton Jancsy went 6-for-9 with two doubles, a triple and four RBI to lead a blistering offense that swung for 27 hits.
The wins also gave Head Coach John Fitzgerald (in his fifth season) his 100th and 101st program win at UChicago.
GAME 1: UCHICAGO 17, LAWRENCE 1 (7 innings)
A dominating performance on the mound by rookie left-hander Kyle Petri & prolific offense by the Maroon batters combined to create a shortened seven-inning affair in the day's opener.
Petri (eight strikeouts) had a no-hitter through five innings, giving up his only two hits and one earned run to the Vikings in the sixth. Prior to that time, he had only allowed one base runner, on a hit by pitch. He earned the win in six innings, finishing with a pitch count of 91 – 63 of them strikes.
Conversely, the Maroons offense had another big day, totaling 14 hits. An Ian Bohn groundout in the first put UChicago – the day's visiting team since the games were moved to J. Kyle Anderson field from Lawrence due to weather – on the board first, 1-0. Four more runs – RBIs by Brian Lyle, Brady Sarkon, Benjamin Rosengard, and Carson Weekley – occurred in the third, and Sarkon added other RBI fielder's choice in the fourth to make it 5-0, UChicago.
The Maroons exploded for eight more runs in the fifth, the biggest hit a two-RBI triple by Bohn. After Lawrence plated its lone run in the sixth, UChicago would add three more in the seventh, two of those via a single up-the-middle by first-year Cristian Rodriguez. For Rodriguez, it was his first career hit.
Jancsy finished 3-for-4 with an RBI and two doubles, Lyle went 3-for-4 with three RBI, and Weekley went 2-for-3 with three RBI. Josh Parks (double), Sarkon and Rodriguez added two RBI each to round out UChicago's leaders.
GAME 2: UCHICAGO 16, LAWRENCE 1 (7 innings)
Game 2 proved to nearly be a repeat in score, as the Maroons again dominated both sides of the coin in another shortened seven inning contest.
Lawrence briefly took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but a four-run second frame for UChicago erased any doubt of a Maroon sweep early. Connor Hickey got things started with an RBI single and Payton Jancsy added on with a two-RBI triple -- which he also scored on due to a Vikings' error -- to make it 4-1. UChicago scored on a wild pitch and Josh Parks added an RBI-groundout to add two more runs in the third, and UChicago would empty its bench late en route to three runs in the fifth, four in the sixth, and three more in the seventh.
In total, UChicago recorded 13 hits and the three-person pitching staff of Chandler Yu (four K's), Joe Liberman (six K's) and Daniel Smith (one K) held Lawrence to just two hits. Liberman was credited with the win in three innings of relief, where he did not allow an earned run and offered up just one hit.
Sophomore Eisuke Tanioka entered the game in the seventh and recorded his first career hit in his first career appearance for the Maroons.
- Wednesday, April 24: UChicago vs. Illinois Tech (at Guaranteed Rate Field), 6 P.M. CT