LAMONI, Iowa - Tim Schaareman and Austin Giannola combined to drive in five runs on seven hits in game one and in game two, Shayne Kirkwood went 3-for-4, as Park University split its final nonconference doubleheader of the 2017 season, beating Graceland University 11-0 in game one before falling to the Yellowjackets in game two, 9-7, in Lamoni, Iowa.
K.J. Courtney's first-career complete game also highlighted game one with a career-best eight strikeouts and only a pair of walks, limiting Graceland to four hits. Giannola was 4-for-5 in the game, scoring twice, while Schaareman was 3-for-4 and scored three.
"K.J. threw the ball as good as we've seen him do it and we got the bats to life today," said Park coach Cary Lundy, whose team is now 22-23, whle Graceland fell to 16-32. "We needed some confidence going in to a series this weekend that we need to sweep. I have confidence in our guys and all we can do is control ourselves. We'll watch the scoreboard afterward."
Park scored two runs in the first inning and another in the second, and in the fourth, two more runs came home, as Connor Whitney scored on Weston Jacobs' triple, and Jacobs came home on a double by Kirkwood to make it 5-0. The Pirates broke the game open in the seventh with five runs, after scoring another run in the sixth.
The seventh started when Whitney reached on an outfield error for the Yellowjackets, scoring an unearned run when Schaareman homered over the wall in left field. Rafael Torres-Castillo later added a two-run triple to put Park up 11-0. Graceland started Harrison Whittaker took the loss for the Yellowjackets, giving up five runs in five innings.
In game two, the Yellowjackets got to Park starter Vincent Phillips for seven runs in the first inning, but 3-for-4 outings from Kirkwood and Whitney helped the Pirates get back in the game, including a four-run third inning that began when Giannola came home on an RBI ground-out for Torres-Castillo. Kirkwood later scored on a double by David White, and Whitney also added a double, bringing the Pirates within a pair of runs, down 7-5.
Park tied the game in the fourth when an error allowed runs by Jacobs and Torres-Castillo, but in the fifth, Grant Johnson grounded home Alex Madera, and Jerome Reimers added a second run, driven in by Ediberto Rodriguez, who singled to center field.
Jacob Brandvold took the Park loss, giving up the game winner in the fifth, as Rodriguez went 2-for-3 with three RBIs for Graceland in the game.
Park is back home on Senior Weekend Friday and Saturday at Comfort Field, hosting the season's final AMC series with Hannibal-LaGrange. The series begins with a noon doubleheader Friday, and Saturday, a single game begins on Senior Day at noon. All three games will air, weather permitting, on the Pirate Sports Network.