2012 Baseball News
recognized for championship season
May 11, 2012
A conference-high eight St. Ambrose players were named to the
all-Midwest Collegiate Conference Baseball team as the league announced its
post-season awards today. Freshman Matt Rosenberger won an MCC Gold Glove at
first base and Jim Callahan was honored as the MCC Coach of the Year after
leading the Bees to the regular season conference title.
The eight all-conference picks, including four first-teamers,
are the most for St. Ambrose since the 2008 squad had 10 on the all-MCC team.
|First Team All-MCC
|Alex Behling (3B)
||Scott Blanchette (C)
||Jonathan Golden (IF)
||Bryan Hennessy (P)
|Honorable Mention All-MCC
|Jake Fields (DH)
||Tyler Gilles (OF)
||Zach Rohlf (P)
||Matt Rosenberger (1B)
|MCC Coach of the Year - Jim
|MCC Gold Glove - Matt
the first team selections was the left side of the infield - shortstop J. Golden
(left) and third baseman Alex Behling (right).
Their seasons nearly mirrored each other. Golden was 66-for-172
to finish second in the MCC with a .384 batting average, and was second in the
conference with 42 runs scored. Behling finished 67-for-175 for a .383 average
(third in the MCC) and matched his teammate by also scoring 42 runs. Thanks to
the two, the Bees finished with a .309 team batting average, the top mark in the
Golden, a junior from Davenport, Iowa, also collected 13
doubles, three triples, four home runs and 31 RBIs, and finished second in the
MCC with a .473 on-base percentage and fourth in the MCC with a .564 slugging
Behling, a senior from Belvidere, Ill., added 17 doubles, one
triple and team highs of six homers and 41 RBIs. The honorable mention
all-conference pick in 2011 led the conference with a .594 slugging percentage
and was sixth in the league with a .455 on-base percentage.
Blanchette (left) was named a first team all-MCC catcher after batting .283 with
21 RBIs and 10 runs scored. The senior from Manteno, Ill., also threw out
18-of-71 potential base stealers from behind the plate.
After winning his first six decisions and finishing 8-1 overall,
Bryan Hennessy (right) was one of four pitchers named to the first team. The
sophomore from New Lenox, Ill., led the Bees with a 3.51 ERA and struck out 49
over 66.2 innings. He went the distance in four of his 10 starts and threw two
Fellow starter Zach Rohlf (bottom) was one of four Bees to earn
all-conference honorable mention. The junior lefthander from Davenport, Iowa,
was 6-4 overall with a 3.81 ERA. Rohlf struck out 81 over 78 innings and tossed
six complete games, including one shutout.
The other three SAU players to receive honorable mention were
outfielder Tyler Gilles, designated hitter Jake Fields and first baseman Matt
Rosenberger (all pictured, bottom).
Gillis, a senior from Roscoe, Ill., hit in the No. 3 hole and
finished with a .280 average, 36 RBIs and 29 runs scored. He was second on the
team with 14 doubles and added three triples and four home runs.
Fields, from North Hollywood, Calif., was third on the team and
ninth in the conference with a .353 batting average. The junior picked up 13
doubles, 30 RBIs and 25 runs scored.
Rosenberger, a freshman from Frankfort, Ill., recovered from a
slow start that saw him hitting just .176 through February, to finish with a
.321 batting average. He scored 36 runs and knocked in 27. Rosenberger also did
the job in the field, finishing with just five errors in 344 total chances to
win the Gold Glove.
In his 17th year as head coach, Callahan led the Bees to a
bounce-back 2012 campaign. A year after finishing last in the MCC, the Bees went
16-8 in league play this year to win their ninth conference title since 1996.
suffers season ending loss to Mount Mercy
May 2, 2012
Mount Mercy 6, St. Ambrose 1 -
Although the Bees gave a great effort they were not able to
defeat Mount Mercy in their second and final matchup in the Midwest Collegiate
Conference Tournament with Mustangs winning by a score of 6-1.
With their ace Zach Rohlf on the mound, the Bees were primed to
beat Mount Mercy and move on to the next round of the conference tournament.
However, Mount Mercy would take a two-run lead in the top of the first and would
not look back.
St. Ambrose would score a run as Tom Prior would score on a
throwing error making the game close. Yet Mount Mercy would go on to score
at least one run in the last three innings, scoring two in the top of the eighth. The Bees were unable to rally in the late innings.
Rohlf gave a strong performance pitching eight innings
giving up five runs on eight hits while striking out 11.
St. Ambrose finishes their season 24-26 after finishing first in
Midwest Collegiate Conference during the regular season.
backs up against wall after falling to Iowa Wesleyan
May 1, 2012
Iowa Wesleyan 7, St. Ambrose 6 -
The Bees were not able to get the win in their first matchup of
the Midwest Collegiate Conference Tournament as Iowa Wesleyan would come out on
After Iowa Wesleyan took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the
first St. Ambrose came back to take the lead in the top of the fourth scoring
four runs in part to a weird inning that included a few walks, a hit by pitch, a
fielders choice and an error.
Iowa Wesleyan would take the lead once again scoring three runs
in the bottom of the fifth. Still, the Bees would not go away as they
would rally again to score two in the top of the eighth on a wild pitch and a
Nate Schmitt single.
However, it was not meant to be for St. Ambrose as Iowa Wesleyan
scored twice in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat St. Ambrose 7-6.
The loss puts the Bees' season on the line in the
double-elimination tournament. SAU (24-25) will play Wednesday night against
either Mount Mercy or William Penn in an elimination game. The Mustangs and
Statesmen will meet at 12 p.m. Wednesday.
enters MCC Tournament as the top seed
May 1, 2012
Tournament bracket |
After pulling out a dramatic 10-9 win over Mount Mercy in 10
innings Saturday, St. Ambrose will enter the Midwest Collegiate Conference
Baseball Tournament as the top seed.
SAU, 16-8 in league play, tied Grand View for the regular-season
conference crown, but the Bees received the top seed in the tournament thanks to
sweeping a three-game series from the Vikings during the year.
St. Ambrose will play Tuesday at 7 p.m. against the winner of
the Iowa Wesleyan-William Penn game. All MCC Tournament games will be played at
A.J. Spiegel Park in Peosta, Iowa, and
stats for all the games will be available online.
The five-team, double-elimination tournament will run through a
possible final game Friday. The MCC Tournament champion advances to the NAIA
Tournament, which opens May 11 at campus sites with nine five-team regionals.
The winners of the regionals advance to the NAIA World Series May 25-June 1 in
rally from five down to win MCC championship
Apr. 28, 2012
St. Ambrose 10, Mount Mercy 9 -
Rosenberger scored on Tom Prior's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning
to lift St. Ambrose to a come-from-behind 10-9 win over Mount Mercy, giving the
Bees a share of the Midwest Collegiate Conference regular season championship.
SAU (24-24, 16-8 MCC) had to rally from deficits of 5-0 and 7-2
to claim the conference title. Tyler Gilles hit a home run to right in the
bottom of the eighth to finally pull the Bees even at 8-8.
Mount Mercy (26-24, 15-9) pushed across a run in the top of the
10th before SAU again rallied. Connor Kretz drew a lead-off walk and moved to
third on Rosenberger's one-out double to deep right. Scott Blanchette bounced a
single through the left-side to bring home Kretz with the tying run. Prior
followed by lifting a fly ball to left-center, bringing home Rosenberger with
It capped a tremendous day for Rosenberger. The freshman first
baseman finished a perfect 6-for-6 with four runs scored.
It is the Bees' first MCC regular season championship since
2008. Thanks to sweeping the season series from co-champion Grand View, SAU will
now enter the MCC Tournament as the top seed. The conference tournament, played
in Peosta, Iowa, begins Tuesday and runs through Friday.
Bees drop doubleheader against
Apr 29, 2012
Mount Mercy 2, St. Ambrose 0 -
Mount Mercy 5, St. Ambrose 1 - Box
St. Ambrose needed one game on Friday to take first place
outright in the Midwest Collegiate Conference regular season and the #1 seed in
the conference tournament. However, they would have to wait until Saturday
to do it because Mount Mercy took both on Friday.
The story for the first game on Friday was that they just could
not get the bats going. The Bees would only record one hit in seven
The hit would come off a bunt single by Jonathan Golden as he
beat out throw from the third basemen. Still, St. Ambrose could not put anything
Zach Rohlf pitched a great game for the Bees and gave them a
good chance to win throughout the game as he only gave up two runs on six hits
and struck out six as he completed all seven innings for St. Ambrose.
Ambrose would end up being shut out by Mount Mercy 2-0.
Game two would not fair any better for St. Ambrose as they would
drop game two 5-1.
The offense for SAU did not do much better than in game one as
this time they were only able to record three hits and did not record a hit
until the fifth inning.
Two of those hits did come in the fifth inning as an Alex
Behling double would lead to a Nate Schmitt single that would drive in Ambrose
only run of the game.
At the end of the day St. Ambrose had only one more chance to
take first place outright and they would have to do it on Saturday at Modern
home run puts Bees past Statesmen
Apr 25, 2012
By: Kyle Kotecki
St. Ambrose 2, William Penn 0 -
St. Ambrose wins season series against William Penn University
on the heels of a two run blast from Tyler Gilles.
The Bees snapped a three game losing streak against William Penn
on Tuesday night, winning the season series against the Statesmen 2-to-1.
SAU came up with their only runs of the game in the fourth
inning after a Sam Parsons double and a Jonathan Golden sacrifice bunt put
Parsons on third. Gilles then stepped up to the plate and hit a bomb to right
field which would give Ambrose all they would need to get the win.
Bryan Hennessy threw nine scoreless innings scattering seven
hits and striking out seven. The Bees defense was also spectacular making a
number of great plays in the field to help Hennessy.
The win takes Ambrose to 23-22 on the season, and15-6 in
outright MCC lead in surprising loss to Iowa Wesleyan
Apr 24, 2012
By: Kyle Kotecki
Iowa Wesleyan 15, St. Ambrose 3 -
St. Ambrose is now tied in the Midwest Collegiate Conference
with Grand View after a surprising double-digit loss to Iowa Wesleyan Monday
SAU had no answer for Iowa Wesleyan as the Tigers scored at
least a run in the first six innings of the game. The Ambrose bullpen
combined to allow 15 runs on 21 hits and surrendered six walks as well.
The Tigers of Iowa Wesleyan were able to hold the Bees to only
one hit through the first five innings of play. SAU could not put a run together
until the sixth when an Alex Behling double would drive in two runs.
Behling was accountable for all three Ambrose runs and one of
only four total hits by the Bees.
St. Ambrose moves to an even 22-22 overall, and 14-6, which is
good for a tie with Grand View (16-8), for the lead in the MCC. However, St.
Ambrose did sweep Grand View which gives the Bees the tiebreaker.
lose two in heartbreaking fashion at Waldorf
Apr 23, 2012
By: Kyle Kotecki
Waldorf 15, St. Ambrose 13 -
Waldorf 6, St. Ambrose 5 -
Game two was delayed after four innings because of weather and
moved to Sunday as Ambrose led 13-4.
However, that lead was not a sure thing for the Bees as they
would go on to drop the game 15-13.
St. Ambrose had a commanding 13-4 lead after scoring in each of
the first four innings before the game was delayed until Sunday because of
weather. Which turned out to be a bad sign as SAU would not score another run
when the game was continued.
Waldorf would go on to score three runs in the fifth and then
eight runs in the sixth to complete their comeback as the Bees were held to one hit
and a walk from the fifth inning on.
Despite the loss Tyler Gilles would have a successful game as he
went 2-for-5 with four RBIs and a run scored.
The story of the game for the Bees turned out to be the St. Ambrose bullpen which came in for Robert Copley in the second part of the game
on Sunday and gave up 11 runs on eight hits in the loss.
Game three would not go the Bees' way as they would fall short in
a close one 6-5.
SAU would trail by three in the early going until they tied it
up in the top of the fourth with help from Alex Behling as he hit his team-leading sixth home run of the season. Then
St. Ambrose was able the lead in the top
of the sixth on Scott Blanchette's first home run of the season.
Still, Waldorf would score three runs in the bottom of the
seventh to take a 6-4 lead and they would hold the Bees to one run in the
eighth to complete their comeback.
The three-game series would move St. Ambrose to 22-21 overall
and 14-5 in conference.
first of three against Waldorf
April 23, 2012
By: Kyle Kotecki
St. Ambrose, 14, Waldorf 3 -
Waldorf 15, St. Ambrose 13 - Box
Waldorf 6, St. Ambrose 5 -
St. Ambrose would take game one against Waldorf on Saturday
before game two would be delayed in the fourth inning because of weather.
In game one everything went Ambrose way offensively as they put
up 14 runs on 14 hits. The bees posted a five run second inning and would not
look back as they would tack on nine more runs and would be led by yet another
great outing by Zach Rohlf.
Rohlf would go all seven innings giving up three runs on five
hits to go along with three strikeouts. Rohlf did not allow Waldof's offensive
to get on a roll as he continued to get big outs.
Offensively every bee starter contributed in some way with
either a hit, run scored, or RBI. Tom Prior had a big day at the plate
going 3-for-4 with four RBIs and three runs scored. Sam Parsons and Matt
Rosenberger drove in three runs a piece to give SAU its third largest runs
scored on the season and a 14-3 win.
another late rally to top Ashford
April 19, 2012
By: Kyle Kotecki
St. Ambrose 6, Ashford 4 -
St. Ambrose was able to come up with yet another late inning rally to
beat Ashford University.
After continuing to play a close game St. Ambrose found
themselves down by a run after the sixth inning of play. Even after they could
not put a run up in the seventh or eighth inning the Bees kept their composer
and did not panic.
Instead, they kept cool and were able to post three runs, two of
which came off an Alex Behling single, in the top of the ninth and hold Ashford
in the bottom of the inning to win their fourth straight and keep a game and a
half lead in the conference.
Behling and Tyler Gilles would each record two RBIs with a hit,
while Jake Fields and Matt Rosenberger would each drive in a run.
Bryan Hennessy had a good start for the Bees going six innings
and giving up four runs on eight hits while striking out four. Brandon Duplessis was able to come in and get the win by giving up only one hit in his
three innings of work to go along with two strikeouts.
The win moves to bees to 21-19 overall and 13-3 in the MCC. The
Bees are in first place in conference and have a game and a half lead over
completes three-game sweep of Grand View
By: Kyle Kotecki
St. Ambrose 1, Grand View 0 -
St. Ambrose 16, Grand VIew 4 - Box
St. Ambrose toughed out a big win in the second game of three
against Grand View. SAU was able to do just enough to beat the Vikings in a one-run game on the heels of a Jonathan Golden home run.
The close win for the Bees was due in large part to their
pitching. Bryan Hennessy gave four outstanding innings, giving up only three hits
and striking out two. Brandon Duplessis then stepped in for the final three
innings, not giving up a hit or a walk and struck out two in order to get the
The offense for the Bees came in the top of the very first
inning as Jonathan Golden hit his fourth home run of the year to give the Bees
an early lead and they would not look back.
In game two, the offenses exploded to combine for 20 runs. Luckily for St. Ambrose they would score the
majority in the 16-4 win.
The Bees would put up runs in six of the nine innings and
would put up multiple runs in five of those innings. Every starter recorded a
hit and either an RBI or a run scored.
Nate Schmitt lead the Bees offensively with five RBIs on
three hits. Also, Alex Behling and Jake Fields each had three RBIs as the Bees
would total 17 hits in all to go with their 16 runs.
The win was also anchored by a strong pitching performance by
Robert Copley, who went seven innings and only gave up three runs while striking
The Bees moved over .500 with the sweep to 20-19 overall and
12-3 in conference.
Ambrose gets back to winning ways against Grand View
April 16, 2012
By: Kyle Kotecki
St. Ambrose 9, Grand View 5 -
St. Ambrose got back to its winning ways as the Bees defeated
Grand View in game one of a three-game series before inclement weather caused
the last two games to be postponed.
The Bees looked like they were in trouble once again as they
trailed 5-3 after three innings of play.
Zach Rohlf got off to a rough start giving up five runs in the
first three innings. However, he would settle down and not give up another
run in his six innings of work.
SAU was able to rally late in the top of the seventh and score
four runs to take the lead. Alex Behling got the rally started with a lead
off home run, his fifth on the season. A Tom Prior sacrifice fly and a Jonathan
Golden two-run single would complete the Ambrose comeback as the Bees would
close out the game 9-5.
The offensive leaders for St. Ambrose included Tyler Gilles who
went 3-for-5 with four RBIs and one run scored. Jonathan Golden also had two hits,
two RBIs, and a run scored.
The win moves St. Ambrose to 18-19 overall and 9-3 in the MCC.
blanked in surprise road lose at Clarke
April 11, 2012
By: Kyle Kotecki
Clarke 6, St. Ambrose 0 -
The Bees may have suffered their worst loss of the season as
Clarke University got the shutout 6-0.
The story of the game for St. Ambrose was a lack of
offense. The mid-week game forced SAU to use several pitchers, none
throwing more than two innings. The staff combined to give up six runs on 11 hits and also allowed five
On the other side, the Bees offense could only muster six hits
and was not able to string together any of those hits to drive in some runs.
The lose moves St. Ambrose to 17-19 and 9-3 in conference.
SAU plays two games at Grand View on April 14.
second game of doubleheader to keep MCC lead
April 5, 2012
By: Kyle Kotecki
William Penn 5, St. Ambrose 1 -
St. Ambrose 5, William Penn 2 -
St. Ambrose squared off against William Penn in an important
conference matchup. The Bees took the second game to keep a small one game lead
in conference play.
In game one, SAU got off to a good start taking a 1-0 lead after
the second inning. Still, they failed to put anymore runs up on the board and
keep pace with the statesmen.
William Penn put together a few timely hits to score five runs
in the final four innings and would not let St. Ambrose get into any kind of
Connor Kretz would drive in the only run the Bees who could not
put up any more runs on their combined seven hits.
William Penn would take the first game with a score of 5-1.
Game two looked like Bees baseball as St. Ambrose rallied to win 5-2.
Even though William Penn took an early 1-0 lead in the first the
Bees did not get rattled as they maintained their composure and went on to score
five runs in the final four innings.
Jonathan Golden had an RBI single in the third to tie the game.
Alex Behling and Jake Fields hit back-to-back doubles to put the Bees ahead and
they would not look back adding three more runs to their total to win 5-2.
Robert Copley had another excellent outing giving out only two
runs on six hits to go along with seven strikeouts to move to 2-1 on the year.
Brandon Duplessis came in the ninth to record his second save of the year.
The split of the two games moves SAU to 17-18 overall and 9-3
in the Midwest Collegiate Conference.
gives SAU rare tie against Western Illinois
April 3, 2012
By: Kyle Kotecki
St. Ambrose 4, Western Illinois 4 -
The outcome of the St. Ambrose versus Western Illinois game will
have to wait as the game was called after six innings due to lightning in the
The game got off to a rough start for the bees as WIU took a 2-0
lead after just one inning. The leathernecks held on to the lead until the bees
began to battle back in the fourth.
A Nate Schmitt RBI triple gave SAU their first run of the game
and they added three more to that in the fifth from a Jonathan Golden single,
throwing error and a sacrifice fly by Tyler Gilles.
The Bees were glad to see Griffin Paulson return from injury to
have a good performance on the mound giving up four runs on six hits in his six
innings of work.
However, the bees rally could not be seen to completion as
lighting forced the game to be called with the score at a 4-4 tie. The teams
hope to complete the game at a later date.
St. Ambrose looks to improve its conference record as they face
William Penn in a doubleheader on Wednesday, Apr. 4.
Bee gets Spring Training appearance
April 2, 2012
By: Kyle Kotecki
Brett Newsome (pictured right, taken from Washington Nationals
website), a former St. Ambrose baseball player, made an
appearance for the Washington Nationals in a March 24 Spring Training game against the Baltimore Orioles.
Newsome, who spent his junior year at St. Ambrose in 2008, signed as a
free agent with the Washington Nationals as part of the 2008 MLB draft.
As for his appearance, it occurred in the top of the sixth after
the Nationals first baseman Chad Tracy drew a walk. Newsome came in as a pinch
runner. He would eventually score in the inning on a throwing error by Orioles
third baseman Mark Reynolds.
Newsome's big moment in the game was his plate appearance
in the top of the eighth. He faced Orioles reliever Luis Ayala. Newsome would
fly out to left, but the day was still a big one for the former Bee.
Newsome hopes to continue to get appearances and move his way up
the Nationals organization and Bees fans hope for the best as well.
rubber match with Viterbo in walk-off fashion
April 1, 2012
By: Kyle Kotecki
St. Ambrose 6, Viterbo 5 -
Once again the bees proved that their never say die attitude
paying of as they get the victory in dramatic walk-off fashion.
Viterbo University took an early 3-0 lead on the bees. It
seemed like a re-run of the first game on Saturday.
However, the bees battled as a team as five different players
each drove in a run as a part of their six run total.
Yet, none would be more important than when Jake Fields stepped
up to the plate with runners on the corners in the bottom of the ninth. Fields
drove deep to right center field which was more than enough to bring Tyler
Gilles from third.
The bees then went on to celebrate their second walk-off win of
the week and the series win.
The victory brought the bees to 16-17, and 8-2 in the
experience unexpected split with Viterbo
March 31, 2012
By: Kyle Kotecki
After a solid start in conference play. The encountered an
unexpected loss to last place Viterbo in game one of the three game series
Viterbo 9, St. Ambrose 4 -
SAU splits the first two games
of their three game series against Viterbo University.
The first game of the
doubleheader did not go as planned for St. Ambrose against Viterbo.
St. Ambrose took an early game
lead of 4-2 after two innings and seemed to be in control with Bryan Hennessy on
the bump. However, a few bad hops and some timely hits by Viterbo would lead to
them scoring 7 runs in the last four innings.
Offensively the Bees got off to
a good start in the early innings with Jon Mahay driving in two runs on a hit
and scoring a run and Jonathan Golden driving in a run on a hit. Still, as the
game went on the bees could not put anything together at the plate as they would
drop the game 9-4.
St. Ambrose 2, Viterbo 0 -
St. Ambrose made sure that the
second game of the twin bill would not go as the first one did. They would do
this by shutting the V-hawks out.
Robert Copley played a major
role in the shut out by going all seven innings and only allowing three hits and
a walk while striking out four. This would earn him his first win of the season.
The Bees would score one run in
both the fourth and fifth inning with Scott Blanchette driving in the only
earned run for St. Ambrose to give them the 2-0 victory.
The split of the two games would
put St. Ambrose at 15-17 overall, and 7-2 in the Midwest Collegiate Conference.
some walk-off magic to sweep Ashford
March 28, 2012
By: Kyle Kotecki
St. Ambrose 6, Ashford 2 -
St. Ambrose 9, Ashford 8 - Box
After a tough set of games against Missouri Baptist on Tuesday.
St. Ambrose looked to improve their status in conference play as they set out to
play two against Ashford University.
Game one was a tight one in the early going as both teams scored
two runs in the first inning and the game remained tied until Ambrose broke the
tie by scoring three runs in the bottom of the fourth and added one more run in
On the offensive side for Ambrose it seemed like everyone was
chipping in as Sam Parsons, Jonathan Golden, Jake Fields, Nate Schmitt, and Jon
Mahay each drove in a run.
However, the highlight of the game was the outstanding pitching
performance of Brandon Duplessis and he continued to work out of his pitching
slump by getting his first win of the year. He went all seven innings
giving up only two runs, one earned, on nine hits while striking out seven.
Ambrose would win the game 6-2
The second game would prove to be a long one for both teams but
a fruitful game for the Bees.
St. Ambrose seem to have a firm grasp on the game scoring two
runs in the first three innings and then built a two run lead going into the top
of the seventh.
A major highlight in the early part of the game was another home
run bomb by Alex Behling which was his second in four games and as many days.
He would end the game a perfect 3-for3- with 3 RBIs and two runs scored.
However, Ashford would battle back to score two runs in the top
of the seventh to tie the game at eight. Then a pitching duel ensued as
neither team could get that winning run home.
Until the bottom of the tenth when with one out Jonathan Golden
got a walk putting him on first. Then Tyler Gilles stepped up to the plate
and hit a liner to left center that got in the gap and bounced of the wall.
Golden got on his horse and would score then game winning run of the Gilles
double as Ambrose would pull of the walk of victory by a score of 9-8.
The two game sweep put St. Ambrose at 14-16 overall and 6-1 in
Ambrose loses two against Missouri Baptist
March 27, 2012
By: Kyle Kotecki
Missouri Baptist 16, St. Ambrose 1 -
Missouri Baptist 11, St. Ambrose 4 -
St. Ambrose was riding pretty high off their three game sweep of
Clarke over the weekend and came into the doubleheader against Missouri Baptist
University looking for more. However, it was not to be the case.
Game one did not go well for the Bees as the Missouri Baptist
Spartans went on to score at least one run in the first six innings of the seven
inning game to put it out of reach early for SAU.
St. Ambrose looked like they were in the fight after Tyler
Gillies hit an RBI double in the bottom of the first to put the Bees within one
after the first. Still, Missouri Baptist continued to put runs as the
Ambrose bullpen could not stop the bleeding.
St. Ambrose dropped the game 16-1.
Game two would not go much better for the Bees.
Missouri Baptist continued to put up runs scoring in every
inning but the fourth to build an eventual seven run lead that Ambrose would not
be able to overcome.
Even a towering home run to left field by Alex Behling
would not be enough to rally the bees back in the late innings. Behling
would go 2-for-4 with and RBI and two runs scored while Nate Schmitt would go
2-for-3 with two RBI's
Missour Baptist took the second game of the doubleheader 11-4.
This moved St. Ambrose to 12-16 overall and remained at 4-1 in
sweep three-game series against Clarke
March 25, 2012
By: Kyle Kotecki
St. Ambrose 4, Clarke 1 - Box
St. Ambrose 7, Clarke 6 - Box
The St. Ambrose baseball team was able to right themselves after the
tough loss on Wednesday to UW-Platteville. The Bees did this by sweeping Clarke
over the weekend in a three-game series.
On Saturday, St. Ambrose played two games against the Crusaders.
Both games would prove to have the same outcome
In game one, SAU got right to it scoring three runs on three hits
in the very first inning. Alex Behling blasted a three-run bomb that would
be the signature moment of the game and put St. Ambrose in front, and they would
not look back as they tacked on one more run on Behling's single down the left field
The game was anchored on defense by another outstanding pitching
performance by Zach Rohlf, who yet again went all seven innings and gave up only
one run while striking out six to bring his record to 3-1 on the season.
Game two on the day would be closer yet the result would be the
same as the Bees edged Clarke 7-6.
Again St. Ambrose would pull to the early lead driving in runs
in the first three innings to take a 5-0 lead. However, the Crusaders of Clarke
would make it a game by scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth and seventh
innings. Still, SAU would shut the door on Clarke and win by one.
The offense was led by Jonathan Golden who went 2-for-2 with two
RBIs and two runs scored. Scott Blanchette would also drive in two runs
with a hit and Jake Fields, Nate Schmitt and Matt Rosenberger would each drive
in a run.
St. Ambrose also pitched a solid game as Bryan Hennessy and
Brandon Duplessis would combine to give up six runs on seven hits and strike
After the first two games in the series, St. Ambrose moved to
11-14 overall and 3-1 in the Midwest Collegiate Conference.
St. Ambrose 10, Clarke 8 -
On Sunday, St. Ambrose was looking for the sweep against Clarke
and they would find it as they beat the Crusaders 10-8.
Game three got off to a slow start as only one run would cross
the plate through the first four innings. However, after that a combined
17 runs would be scored.
St. Ambrose would add to their one-run lead by scoring three in
the top of the fifth with RBI singles by both Tyler Gillies and Alex Behling.
However, Clarke would strike back by scoring two runs in the bottom of the fifth
and then would take the lead by scoring five runs in the bottom of the sixth.
The resiliency of the Bees was tested but they struck back
scoring four runs in the top of the seventh on a two-run double by Behling, then
Jake Fields would drive in a run with a groundout and Behling would later score
on a wild pitch.
SAU would tack on two more insurance runs in the top of the
ninth on RBI singles from Nate Schmitt and Matt Rosenberger.
The St. Ambrose pitching and defense would hold Clarke to only
one run in the bottom of the ninth to complete the sweep of the Crusaders.
St. Ambrose moved to 12-14 overall and 4-1 in the Midwest
Late-inning rally costs SAU a win against UW-Platteville
March 21, 2012
By: Kyle Kotecki
UW-Plattville 9, St. Ambrose 6-
Box Score |
St. Ambrose suffered a heartbreaking loss to the University of
Wisconsin at Platteville on Wednesday night. Ambrose had a commanding lead
on the Pioneers until the top of the ninth when it all fell apart.
Someone who had watched the first eight
innings of the game and left would have told you that SAU was in total control. St. Ambrose put up six runs in the first six innings.
The Bees offense was holding up their side with Sam Parsons
two-run single in the bottom of the second as well as Tom Prior who
had an RBI single in the second. The offense continued
to roll in the sixth as Alex Behling added a two-run single to Ambrose tally.
St. Ambrose being up 6-1 through eight was in
large part to a strong pitching performance by Brandon Duplessis, who broke out
of his pitching slump going five strong innings giving up only four hits and
striking out three while not giving up a run and keeping UW-Platteville from getting into any kind of rhythm
Still, all it took all of about eight minutes
for it to all fall apart for Ambrose. The SAU bullpen combined to give up
eight runs on five hits and two walks before getting the third out.
The seemingly broken Bees squad was unable to mount a rally in the bottom of the
ninth to suffer the devastating loss 9-6.
SAU will look to bounce back this weekend by
playing a three-game series at Clarke.
Rohlf named MCC Pitcher of the Week
Mar 19, 2012
By: Kyle Kotecki
Zach Rohlf was named Midwest Collegiate Conference player of the
week on Monday, March 19, after getting two wins last week, over Valley City State
(N.D.) and Iowa Wesleyan.
Both of Rohlf's outings were complete games. He has three
complete games in five starts on this season.
Against Valley City State, Rohlf gave up three runs on four hits
while striking out 10 batters in the process to get the win and the sweep for St.
Ambrose in the doubleheader on March 13.
His next start against Iowa Wesleyan went even better as he
threw a two-hit shutout while striking out seven batters in a 2-0 win over the
Tigers of Iowa Wesleyan on March 18.
In his two starts, Rohlf struck out 17 total batters while only
giving up one walk. He had a combined 1.93 ERA over the two-game span
while averaging only one and a half runs and three hits given up per game. He
is 2-1 on the season.
Ambrose splits conference opening series with Iowa Wesleyan
Mar 19, 2012
By Kyle Kotecki
Game 1 |
Game 2 |
Two run sixth video
Behind a strong pitching performance and a timely hit, St.
Ambrose was able to win the first game of a doubleheader against Iowa Wesleyan
Sunday afternoon at Modern Woodmen Park. The Bees were unable to complete the
sweep, falling 8-1 in the second game, in the team's first home games of the
The first game of two against Iowa Wesleyan got off to a slow
start as neither team was able to put any kind of offense together. The pitchers'
dual carried all the way through to the bottom of the sixth when Ambrose finally
got on the board.
St. Ambrose pulled ahead on a two-out two-run single by Matt
Rosenberger which broke up a scoreless tie.
The shutout victory was made possible in large part by Zach Rohlf, who
gave up only two hits and struck out seven batters, going the full seven innings
in the 2-0 victory.
The second game did not go as well for SAU as they had a hard
time rattling the bats. Although St. Ambrose was able to tally nine hits,
the Bees only ended with one run to show for it.
Tyler Gillies drove in St. Ambrose's only run of the game.
Meanwhile St. Ambrose pitching was unable to hold of the
opposing Tigers as the Ambrose pitching staff combined to give up eight runs,
seven of them earned, on 12 hits. The game ended with Iowa Wesleyan taking it 8-1.
The Bees are 9-13 overall and 1-1 in the Midwest Collegiate
give a strong showing at Tucson Invitational
Mar 15, 2012
By: Kyle Kotecki
St. Ambrose went 4-6 on its annual Spring Break trip, this year
competing in the Tucson Invitational. The Bees are 8-12 overall.
Jamestown 9, St. Ambrose 6 -
St. Ambrose 18, Jamestown 12 -
St. Ambrose got off to a slow start on the first day of the
Tucson Invitational against Jamestown College (N.D.), dropping the first game of the
Jamestown took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first and would never look back. The bright spot
for St. Ambrose was they continued to battle
back throughout the game as they put up runs in four of their seven at bats.
Jake Fields went a perfect 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs
scored. Nate Schmitt went 1-for-3 with a big two-run double in the fourth
inning that would tie the game up for St. Ambrose. Jamestown
went on to score five runs in the bottom of the fifth to seal the victory.
Game two would go SAU's way as they would put up 18 runs
to beat Jamestown 18-12 to get the doubleheader split.
St. Ambrose would scored at least one run in each of their six at
bats in the game, scoring four runs twice and as much as six in one inning.
The offense was led by Jake Fields who went a perfect 4-for-4
with four RBIs and two runs scored. Tyler Gillies and Connor Kretz each
chipped in with three RBIs of their own. St. Ambrose totaled 25 hits to go
along with their 18 runs as they spilt the twin bill with Jamestown College.
St. Ambrose moved to 5-7 overall.
Southwest Minnesota State 13, St. Ambrose 3 -
Concordia-St. Paul 13, St. Ambrose 12 -
Day two of the Tucson Invitational would be a tough one for the
Bees as they would drop both games.
The first game of the day, against Southwest Minnesota State, would be a tough one as
the St. Ambrose would go down 13-3.
St. Ambrose would take the lead in the bottom of the second
on RBI doubles by Matt Rosenberger and Fields to go along with an RBI
single by Scott Blanchette. However, SMSU would
put up runs in five of the next seven innings to put the game out of reach for
The downside of the game for St. Ambrose was the pitching as it
combined to give up 18 hits to go along with 10 of the 13 total runs being
The second game of the day against Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.) would not
fair much better for the Bees as they lost a close one 13-12.
Concordia-St. Paul would take the early lead in the bottom of
the first inning, but St. Ambrose continued to battle back throughout the game
eventually tying the game up in the top of the eighth inning after collecting
four runs on four hits. A wild pitch plated Fields to tie the game at 12-12.
However, Concordia-St. Paul would break the stalemate with what
would turn out to be the game winning single in the bottom of the eighth as St.
Ambrose would not be able to rally after that.
St. Ambrose moved to 1-3 on their spring trip and 5-9 overall.
Dakota Wesleyan 15, St. Ambrose 13 -
Dakota Wesleyan 5, St. Ambrose 4 (8 inn.) -
Day three of the Tucson Invitational would prove to be another tough
one for the Bees as they faced a doubleheader against Dakota Wesleyan (N.D.).
Game one looked like it was going to be all Dakota Wesleyan as
they garnered a 14-3 lead after six innings of play.
Still, true to form St. Ambrose battled back in the bottom of
the seventh to put up 10 runs on seven hits. They would be helped out by an
error and three hit batsmen by DWU. However, St. Ambrose also put the bat
on the ball as Golden, Gillies and Schmitt would each have an RBI single and Kretz would have a two-run double.
However, St. Ambrose would come up short in their rally as the
game would end 15-13 in favor of Dakota Wesleyan.
Game two of the series would be another heartbreaker for the Bees.
SAU took a 4-2 lead going into the fifth inning off strong
pitching from Robert Copley, who would go six and a third innings, giving up four earned
runs on five hits.
Fields, Rosenberger, Golden and Sam Parsons would each
drive in a run for the Bees to go along with at least one hit.
Still, Dakota Wesleyan would tie it in the bottom of the seventh
to send it to extra innings and then score in the bottom of the eighth to win
the game to the tune of 5-4.
SAU was now 1-5 on the spring trip and 5-11 overall.
St. Ambrose 6, Valley City State 5 -
St. Ambrose 15, Valley City State 3 -
On the fourth day of the Tucson Invitational, St. Ambrose would get back
to their winning ways taking both games against Valley City State (N.D.)
After being all tied up through three innings, Valley City State
took the lead after five innings 5-2. Still, St. Ambrose would not give
up as they rallied in the bottom of the sixth to score four runs on three hits.
Gillies had a two-run double and Behling had an RBI double in
the inning to go along with a Golden sacrifice fly to pull ahead and close out
the game 6-5.
SAU had a strong pitching performance from Brian Hennessey, who
went all seven innings giving up five runs, four of which were earned, and five
hits with five strikeouts.
The second game was a blowout for St. Ambrose as they beat
Valley City State 15-3 to complete the doubleheader sweep.
St. Ambrose would tally 19 hits to go along with its 15 runs.
Golden would have another standout game at the plate going
4-for-6 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Behling also had a standout game
going 3-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Fields and Parsons
drove in two while Rosenberger drove in three runs himself.
Zach Rohlf would have one of his best performances so far this
year, going all seven innings giving up only three runs on four hits and tied his
season high with 10 strikeouts.
St. Ambrose moved to 3-5 on the trip and 7-11 overall.
Dickinson State 8, St. Ambrose 4 -
St. Ambrose 6, Dickinson State 5 -
St. Ambrose would end the spring trip on a positive note as they
would win the second of two games against Dickinson State University (N.D.) to
split the day.
The opener would be a tough one for the Bees as they fell in an
early 2-0 hole after three innings before trimming the lead to a single run in the bottom of
Still, Dickinson State would score six runs in the top of the sixth
and a small three-run rally by St. Ambrose would not be enough to bring them
back losing the game 8-4.
Rosenberger would lead the Bees on offense with a hit and two RBIs
to go along with a run scored.
The second game would end the trip on a good note for St.
Ambrose as they would pull out the 6-5 victory over Dickinson State.
St. Ambrose took the lead and never looked back especially after
a four-run, seven-hit sixth inning.
Fields had a hit, a run scored and two RBIs while Schmitt, Kretz,
Blanchette and Rosenberger each drove in a run to power the Bees offense.
As for pitching, Matt Runge and Brendon Shine combined to give up
five runs on 10 hits to go along with five strikeouts in the 6-5 win.
St. Ambrose ended their spring trip to the Tucson Invitational
4-6 and moved to 8-12 overall.
Ambrose goes 2-for-4 over the weekend
Mar 5, 2012
Game 1 | Game 2 |
Game 3 |
By: Kyle Kotecki
St. Ambrose went on to take
2-of-4 against its two opponents in Jacksonville, Ill. over the weekend. St.
Ambrose lost the first game against University of Illinois Springfield, but
would then go on and win 2-of-3 against Culver-Stockton College.
Game one against U of I
Springfield saw another late inning rally by St. Ambrose but it would come up
just short. U of I Springfield scored 10 runs in the first six innings, while
St. Ambrose would only score one run in six which would come off an Alex Behling
The nine-run lead would hold up
until the bottom of the eighth inning when Ambrose made its charge.
The comeback would be led by Jonathan Golden who would have two triples in the
inning to go along with four RBIs as well as Sam Parsons who had a triple and
two RBIs in the inning. However, the comeback fell short as St. Ambrose failed
to score any more runs in the game.
The second game of the weekend
and the first against Culver-Stockton College faired a lot better as St. Ambrose
would come away with the 3-0 shutout.
The shutout was led by another
outstanding performance by Bryan Hennessy as he went seven innings giving up no
runs on three hits including five strikeouts. The offensive side of the game for
St. Ambrose included Jake Fields who went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored
and Scott Blanchette who went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
The third game of the weekend
and second against Culver-Stockton was a close one as St. Ambrose fell 8-7.
Once again St. Ambrose had to
play catch up as Culver-Stockton scored five runs in the first three innings to
go up 5-2 after three innings.
St. Ambrose would come back to
take the lead in the top of the sixth as Tyler Gilles would hit a double that
would drive in three runs to bring the score to 7-6 St. Ambrose. However,
Culver-Stockton would get two runs in the bottom of the sixth and would hold St.
Ambrose in the top of the seventh to win the game.
Stars of the game for St.
Ambrose would include Golden who would go 1-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs
scored, Gilles who went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
St. Ambrose would end the
weekend on a high note with an 8-5 win that took eight innings to decide.
The score was all tied up 5-5
after seven and St. Ambrose held Culver-Stockton in the top of the eighth. Then
after back -to-back singles by Golden and Gilles it would be Behling who would
drive in the winning runs with a walk-off three-run homerun to win the game for
Big games for St. Ambrose would
include Behling who would go 2-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored as well
as Tom Prior who went 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored.
The weekend’s games brought St.
Ambrose to 4-6 as they go on to play 10 games in five days at the Tucson
Invitational March 9-14.
Ambrose splits doubleheader with Missouri Baptist
Feb 28, 2012
St. Ambrose 6, Missouri Baptist 4 - Box Score
Missouri Baptist 2, St. Ambrose 1 - Box Score
By: Kyle Kotecki
St. Ambrose split the doubleheader with Missouri Baptist on
Tuesday. St. Ambrose took the first game 6-4 and then lost the second game in a
close 2-1 final.
In the first game St. Ambrose trailed most of the game as
Missouri Baptist took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third.
St. Ambrose started to rally in the top of the fourth as
Scott Blanchette got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded driving in St.
Ambrose's first run of the game. Missouri Baptist tacked on another run in the
bottom of the fourth to make it a three run lead again.
Then in the top of the seventh St. Ambrose completed the
rally by scoring five runs on four hits. The late game rally was led by
Jonathan Golden who hit a two run double followed by two RBI singles by Matt
Rosenberger and Nate Schmitt. Another run would score on a fielding error.
The stars of the comeback included Jonathan Golden who went
2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored as well as Matt Rosenberger who went
1-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.
The second game of the twin-bill did not go so well for St.
Ambrose. Missouri Baptist put up runs in the bottom of the second and third
inning to get all they would need to the victory.
St. Ambrose attempted another late inning rally with an
Alex Behling double to lead off the inning followed by two ground outs which
would drive him in. However, the rally was not meant to be as St. Ambrose fell
The bright spot for the second game was an outstanding
combined pitching performance of Brandon Duplessis and Robert Copley who
combined for six hits and two runs, only one of which was earned to go along
with nine strikeouts.
St. Ambrose moves to 2-4 and will play U of I Springfield
and Culver-Stockton College over the weekend.
tally first win in season opening series
Feb 19, 2012
Morningside 11, St. Ambrose 4 -
St. Ambrose 7, Morningside 6 -
Morningside 4, St. Ambrose 3 (8 inn.) -
Morningside 4, St. Ambrose 3 - Box Score
By: Kyle Kotecki
The St. Ambrose
baseball team collected their first win of the season over the weekend against
Morningside College (Iowa). The two teams squared of in a four game series at
the Metrodome. SAU got their first win in the second game of the first of two
doubleheaders against the Mustangs by a score of 7-6.
The Bees got
the win of a strong performance by Bryan Hennessy who went all seven innings
giving up six runs on five hits to go along with six strikeouts. Seven SAU
players drove in runs including Kale Kauppi who went 2-for-4 with an RBI
and two runs scored.
The first game
of the doubleheader did not go so well for the Bees as they lost 11-4. Kauppi, Connor Kretz, and Nate Schmitt each drove a run in for the Bees,
but the pitching did not hold up as it gave up 11 runs on 12 hits from the
doubleheader proved to be an exciting one as St. Ambrose lost the first game 4-3
in extra innings. It took until the bottom of the eighth for the Mustangs to
drive in the winning run. The highlight of the game for Ambrose was a three-run
homerun by second basemen Schmitt in the top of the fourth to give SAU a 3-1
lead at the time. However, Morningside would rally in the late innings to tie
and eventually win the game.
The second game
of the doubleheader was exciting as well. Morningside took a 4-0 in the top of
the first. St. Ambrose battled back with the help of a strong performance by
Jake Fields who 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Matt Rosenberger also drove in a run as
the Bees got to within one in the bottom of the eighth but could not pull out
moves on to play a doubleheader against Missouri Baptist University on Feb. 28.
Bees announce 2012 schedule
Jan. 31, 2012
2012 Schedule |
The St. Ambrose baseball team released its 2012 schedule today.
The season will start with four games against Morningside
College at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, in Minneapolis, Minn., on Feb.
18-19. The Bees will then travel to Tucson, Ariz., for their annual spring trip to
play in the Tucson Invitational from March 9-14.
The first home doubleheader, and the Midwest Collegiate
Conference opener, for
the Bees will be played on Mar. 17 at Modern Woodman Park against Iowa
Post-season play will begin for SAU with the MCC tournament, which
runs from May 1-4.
Click here to see complete 2012 schedule
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