Lansing Lugnuts at South Bend SilverHawks

April 27th, 2004

Ryan Fitzgerald CF 4 0 1 0
Tony McQuade LF 4 0 1 0
Brian Dopirak 1B 4 1 2 1
Jake Fox C 4 0 0 0
Kevin Collins DH 3 0 0 0
Robinson Chirinos 2B 3 0 0 0
Kyle Boyer RF 3 0 0 0
Alfredo Francisco 3B 3 0 0 0
Carlos Rojas SS 3 0 0 0
Mike Goss CF 4 0 0 0
Tila Reynolds SS 4 0 0 0
Edgar Varela 1B 4 0 0 0
Alex Frazier DH 3 0 1 0
Carlos Gonzalez RF 2 0 0 0
Lino Garcia CF 1 0 0 0
Agustin Murillo 3B 3 1 3 0
Jeff Cook LF 3 0 0 0
Brian Rose C 2 1 1 2
Alberto Gonzalez 2B 3 0 1 0

Lansing 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 0
South Bend 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 6 0

LOB LAN-3, SB-4, 2B-Dopirak, HR-Dopirak (LeClair/9th/solo), Rose (Petrick/5th/2 run), CS-Murillo

Name IP H R ER BB SO Decison
Billy Petrick 7 6 2 2 1 7 L (2-1)
Reid Willett 1 0 0 0 0 2 ND

Name IP H R ER BB SO Decison
Jered Liebeck 7 3 0 0 0 10 W (2-0)
Daniel Mosquea 1 0 0 0 0 1 ND
Aric LeClair 1 2 1 1 0 1 ND

T-2:01, A-826
Tim Daub, Darren Budahn

Lansing State Journal

The Lansing Lugnuts lost for the third time in their last four games on Tuesday falling 2-1 to first place South Bend.

The Lugnuts (10-9) remained in second place in the Eastern Division, but dropped five games behind the SilverHawks (15-4)

The Lugnuts trailed 2-0 with two outs in the ninth inning, when Brian Dopirak hit his league leading fifth home run to bring the Lugnuts to within on at 2-1.

SilverHawks reliever Aric LeClair struck out the next batter, Jake Fox to end the game.

South Bend starter Jared Liebeck (2-0) earned the win holding the Lugnuts to three hits while striking out 10 in seven innings of work.
Brian Petrick (2-1) took the loss for the Lugnuts pitching seven innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits and striking out seven.

Ryan Fitzgerald and Tony McQuade were the only Lugnuts other than Dopirak to record a hit.

South Bend Tribune
by Forrest Miller

Tuesday night, the South Bend SilverHawks dug deep down their roster, and found a couple of treasures.

Pitcher Jared Liebeck, probably only a temporary member of the starting rotation, struck out a career high 10, walked nobody and allowed only three hits in seven innings.

Backup catcher Brian Rose, in the lineup for only the fifth time in 19 games, smashed a two run homer as the SilverHawks completed a four game stand with a 2-1 victory over Lansing. Only two hous and one minutes were needed to assemble the victory.

"I try to do what I can, and call a good game." said Rose, who was a power hitter at the University of Florida before he was drafted in the 14th round last spring. "The coaches are always telling me to be ready. The pitch I hit was a fastball up."

Rose had one professional home run at Yakima last season, and Tuesday's was his first with South Bend.

"Brian has hit some other balls hard, but the wind brought them back," said South Bend manager Tony Perezchica.

Liebeck, after starting the season in the bullpen, has made two starts with Danny Muegge injured.

"I prefer to start. There is more prestige, I like the routinge and knowing when I'm going to pitch." said Liebeck, who attended Arizona State University.

"I was fortunate to get a break and get a chance to start. I was able to throw the slider for strikeouts against the right handers. I usually don't throw many breaking balls against lefties."

Lansing also recieved strong pitching. Billy Petrick struck out seven, walked one and allowed six hits in seven innings.

"It's too bad Billy had to take a loss after a well pitched game like that," said Lansing manager Julio Garcia. "There was some really good pitching in this series, you have to give South Bend a lot of credit."

The Lugnuts didn't score until the ninth inning when first baseman Brian Dopirak launched his league leading fifth homer off South Bend reliever Aric LeClair.

Dopirak was stranded at third after a seventh inning single. He was the only other Lansing runner to reach third.

South Bend third baseman Augie Murillo had three singles, the second of the preceeding Rose's game deciding home run in the fifth inning.