Sonnenberg Throws No-Hitter In Split With Aquinas

April 19
, 2008


   Jeff Sonnenberg threw a no-hitter in MU's 4-0 win over Aquinas on Saturday.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Madonna baseball team split its Saturday WHAC double header at Aquinas. MU fell in game one 2-1 before Jeff Sonnenberg threw a no-hitter in game two, a 4-0 Madonna win. With the split, the Crusaders are now 27-11 overall and  14-4 in the WHAC. AQ is now 14-21; 6-10 in loop action

Aquinas took the early lead on MU ace Will Kennedy (Westland, Mich.), scoring a single run in the bottom of the first for a 1-0 edge.

The Crusader bats tied the score in the top of the third as Ryan Morrow (Taylor, Mich.) led off with a bunt single but was erased on a fielder's choice off the bat of Levi Cheshire (Troy, Mich.). Shawn Little (Canton, Mich.) then singled to right, moving Cheshire to third and bringing Kevin Zerbo (Farmington, Mich.) to the plate. The junior first basman scored Cheshire on a sac fly to right, knotting the game at 1-1.

AQ untied the game in the bottom of the inning, using two hits and a MU error to make it 2-1. MU's best chance to tie the game came in the sixth as Pat Kenny (Utica, Mich.) and Mike Cauzillo (West Bloomfield, Mich.) both singled but David Ottenwess got Dave Herrick (Westland, Mich.) to pop out and end the threat.

Ottenwess got MU to go down in order in the seventh, preserving the 2-1 win for the Saints.

Kennedy took the loss, falling to 5-2 on the season. Morrow led MU with two hits, while Zerbo had the only Crusader RBI.

In the night cap, the Crusaders staked the starter Sonnenberg to a 3-0 lead before he even took the mound for the bottom of the first inning. Morrow and Cheshire were both hit to put runners at first and second. After Little reached on a fielder's choice that knocked out Cheshire, Morrow was thrown out trying to steal home for the second out of the inning. Zerbo then stroked a single to left to score Little from second for a 1-0 MU lead.

It became 2-0 after Zerbo moved to second on a balk and Herrick doubled down the line in right to plate Zerbo. Kenny then delivered a single to center to move Herrick up to third and both runners stole on the next pitch, sending Herrick across the plate for the third MU run and a 3-0 cushion.

MU made it 4-0 in the fifth as Morrow reached on an infield single and scored on a Little single to center for the fourth Crusader tally.

Sonnenberg had the game on cruise control, not allowing an AQ base runner until the seventh inning when two Saints reached, one via an error and one on a walk, but it would make no difference as the junior righty got Drew Oosterhouse to fly out to right to end the game and give MU the split with a no-hitter.

Sonneberg struck out nine on the day, including six of the first nine Saints he faced to pick up his third win of the season. Cauzillo had two hits for the victorious Crusaders while Herrick, Little and Zerbo each had RBIs.

The two schools will complete the season series - now tied at 2-2 - on Sunday in a 1pm first pitch at Ilitch Ballpark.

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