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GVSU BASEBALL YEAR IN REVIEW: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Going into the season, expectations were high for Grand Valley State University’s baseball team to reclaim their magic and make a run toward a GLIAC championship. But instead of improving upon a 28-23 season from a year ago, the Lakers continued to digress, finishing with a 15-27-1 record overall with an 8-17-1 record in the GLIAC, good for second to last in the conference. “It’s been a tough year, no doubt about it,” said GVSU head baseball coach Jamie Detillion. “There’s been a lot of times where adversity has come up and we just haven’t matched the challenge for it.”

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GVSU baseball rolls to weekend sweep of Wisconsin-Parkside

From Friday, April 12 to Saturday, April 13, it looked as if the troubles that have been plaguing this Grand Valley State baseball team are in the past, as the Lakers swept Wisconsin-Parkside across two doubleheaders over the weekend. According to GVSU head coach Jamie Detillion, this success is what his team is capable of looking like when they play at their best.

Pitcher, Noah Lamboley, pitches at the game against Ashland on April 12th, 2018. GVL / Sheila Babbitt

GVSU baseball still mired in slump after three more losses to Davenport

If you go back to Sunday, March 24, Grand Valley State baseball had just come off a 7-4 win against a nationally-ranked Wayne State Warriors squad and moved within two games of .500. In baseball where a little momentum can go a long way, GVSU hoped that they had found that source of momentum against the Warriors. What they actually found was much less than what they were hoping for. After dropping a trio of games against Davenport on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6, GVSU is now 0-9-1 in their last 10 games since that win against Wayne State. There has not been one glaring weakness that has led to this abysmal run, but rather a combination of different factors.

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GVSU baseball close but stumbling, fall to 8-14

Whether it be injuries, inconsistent performance or just pure bad luck, Grand Valley State’s baseball team has experienced them all to a certain extent this season. GVSU continued to fall in the standings as they faced Wayne State, Central Michigan and Saginaw Valley State in five games over the course of the past week. The Lakers split a doubleheader with No. 18 ranked Wayne State 7-4 and 8-9, before dropping a 6-2 decision at Central Michigan on Wednesday, March 27 and then dropped a twin bill against SVSU on Friday, March, 29.

Ryan Blake-Jones steps up to bat at the game against Ashland on April 12th, 2018.  GVL / Sheila Babbitt

GVSU baseball looks to reclaim GLIAC throne as season begins

GVSU looks to continue that tradition when they open up their season against No. 23 Ohio Dominican and Truman State on Sunday, Feb. 24. GVSU ended last season with a record of 28-23, going 15-13 during conference play. GVSU’s season ended in 2018 with back to back loses during the first round of the GLIAC tournament.

Pitcher, Noah Lamboley, pitches at the game against Ashland on April 12th, 2018. GVL / Sheila Babbitt

GVSU baseball loses two against Wayne State

If you would have asked any of the talking heads that surround Grand Valley State University’s baseball team at the beginning of the year what their record would look like by the end of March, few would have guessed that they would be three games under .500. But that is exactly where the Lakers’ baseball team stands after falling to Wayne State 3-0 and 7-2 in a Saturday afternoon doubleheader in Detroit.

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GVSU baseball making strides despite pedestrian record

The GVSU baseball team is currently about to round out an 11-game stretch down in Kissimmee, Fla. at the Russmatt Invitational. Nine games in, the Lakers have gone 5-4 with their most loss coming against reigning DII champion Augustana by a score of 6-2. GVSU head coach Jamie Detillion said he felt like the season so far had been an appropriate sum of their record.

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“It’s just playing baseball”: GVSU Pitcher Josh D. Smith drafted by the Texas Rangers

Summer is finally here, which for many of college kids means going right to work. That is exactly the case for Grand Valley State pitcher Josh D. Smith. While many of us are mowing lawns or mopping floors, Smith is spending his summer in a less traditional summer job: playing baseball professionally. Smith spent two years playing baseball for the University of Kentucky before transferring to GVSU prior to the 2018 season. Before he got hurt, he was an ace on the mound for the Lakers, posting a 2-1 record with 25 strikeouts and a 1.12 ERA in 24 innings, mostly in relief.

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GVSU baseball caps off disappointing campaign, looks to future

The 2018 Grand Valley State baseball team came into this season confident and anxious to improve on a solid season the year before. “We’ve got the guys, got the talent and I think we can do a lot of damage this year, especially in our conference,” catcher Austin LaDoux said during an interview in January. “I think we’ve got a chance to go all the way to the big time, World Series. No doubt.”