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Spartans' pitching strong in doubleheader sweep

Published: Saturday, April 5, 2014 6:44 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 7, 2014 1:58 p.m. CDT
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Sycamore junior pitcher Cam Godinsky delivers a pitch during Game 2 of the Spartans' doubleheader sweep over Harlem on Saturday. Godinsky allowed two earned runs in six innings of work.

SYCAMORE – When Sycamore junior Cam Godinsky took the mound for the Spartans in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against Harlem, the bar had already been set pretty high.

Godinsky and the rest of his Spartans teammates watched senior Cole Nelson strike out 14 Huskies in a 4-2 victory in Game 1, and Godinsky would record a solid outing of his own in the second game – a 9-6 Sycamore win, allowing two earned runs while earning the victory in his first varsity start.

Godinsky struck out seven hitters and didn't walk a batter, spotting his fastball well and using his curveball as an out pitch.

"I was throwing strikes, from the beginning it helped," Godinsky said. "My defense helped me out a little bit."

Saturday was the first time the Spartans had gotten to play a game this season because of the weather.

If the Sycamore doubleheader sweep was any indication, the rotation should be a big strength for the Spartans (2-0).

Nelson should be at the top spot of the Spartans for the three-game Northern Illinois Big 12 East series', which begins April 14. Sycamore coach Jason Cavanaugh said Godinsky and junior Colan Treml should round out the other two spots in the rotation.

"I thought [Godinsky] threw plenty of strikes today. He threw his breaking ball for a strike," Cavanaugh said. "He kind of ran out of gas a little bit (in the later innings)."

In Sycamore's strong offensive effort in Game 2, second baseman Austin Jacox went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, while third baseman Mark Skelley finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Treml, the Spartans' starting shortstop, went 3-for-3 with two runs scored, an RBI and a double.

Designated hitter Nate Haacker was 1-for-4 with an RBI, and was robbed of a home run on a deep drive to left in the first inning. He did hit a two-run homer in Game 1.

The Spartans got off to a 1-0 lead in Game 2 via a Cam Godinsky sacrifice fly, which scored Cooper Vinz. The Spartans would add two runs in the third, one in the fourth, three in the fifth and two in the sixth. Harlem (1-4) would score two runs in each of the last three innings.

"We had baserunners all over the place in the second game," Cavanaugh said. "When it was 4-0, I felt like we should have been up 9-0 or 10-0."

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