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Baseball splits with Bridgewater on Senior Day

Baseball splits with Bridgewater on Senior Day

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount (Va.) University baseball team split a non-conference doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Bishop O'Connell High School with Bridgewater (Va.) College, taking the first game on a walk off in extra innings before dropping the late game. 

Prior to the twin bill, the Saints honored their 2017 Senior Class of 10 players, eight of which are originals from the program's first season four years ago. 

Game 1: Marymount 12, Bridgewater 11 (10 innings) 

Junior Collin Bazemore worked the hill for the start in game one, tossing five innings for four runs and six strikeouts. Those runs, however, didn't come across until later in his day of work, while the Saints put across two in the bottom of the second inning to take an early lead. The two runs came off a blasted ball over the right-field fence off the bat of junior Roy Coates, that started a day for the catcher could be described as anything but quiet on the offensive end of the plate. 

The Eagles fired back with a solo homer in the third, but another two-run bomb by the Saints in the fourth push MU out ahead further, 4-1. This time the shot came from sophomore Conner Hall, sending the ball over the left-field fence. 

Again, Bridgewater answered with a solo home run in the fifth, and the Saints followed in suit with a RBI double off the bat of senior Karlis Graubics and Graubics scoring later on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth to push a 6-2 advantage. 

In the sixth, the Eagles heated up, scoring four runs to tie the game up at 6-6, eventually ending Bazemore's day on the mound. In the bottom half of the frame, the Saints reclaimed the lead when junior Kaden Darrow stole second, and the catcher, in attempt to catch the runner stealing, came up short and the second baseman juggled the ball to allow Coates at third base to sprint home. 

A sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh tied up the game again, but Coates silenced the Eagles in the bottom half with his second home run of the game, this time sending a deep ball into the streets over the right-center fence for three runs. 

The game continued to go back and forth with runs, but the Saints never trailed in the contest. Needing extra innings with the game all knotted up at 11-11, a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th had Graubics sprint home for the walk-off victory. 

Coates finished the game with five RBI off three hits, while scoring three times himself. Hall added two RBI to go along with two runs and a walk. 

Senior Jake Kniatt earned the win on the mound tossing a no-hit 10th inning. 

Game 2: Bridgewater 8, Marymount 5 

Junior Dylan Gerdts commanded the mound for the first six innings of game two, striking out six batters while giving up just three runs. Unfortunately, the Saints were unable to bring the runners around to the plate on the offensive end as much as they needed late in the game, totaling 11 runners left on base for the contest. 

Marymount jumped ahead in the first inning, seeing a sacrifice fly by sophomore Luke Tyree score Graubics before Coates sent a single down the right-field line to score senior Lorenzo Calderon

But, over the six innings, the Eagles scored four runs to take a lead that held the rest of the way, while the Saints only scored once. In the bottom of the seventh, Hall doubled to right centerfield to score Tyree to get the Saints within one, 4-3. 

A quiet eighth followed with four runs by Bridgewater in the ninth. In a last-ditch effort, Marymount scored two in the bottom of the frame on RBI singles by Tyree and senior Marlon Mitchell, but it wasn't enough to overcome the deficit. 

The Saints will head on the road Sunday, April 30 for another non-conference doubleheader, traveling to Hood College. Game one is set to begin at 1 p.m.