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Saints topple Knights in CAC doubleheader action

Saints topple Knights in CAC doubleheader action

BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Marymount (Va.) University baseball squad toppled Southern Virginia University in Capital Athletic Conference action on Saturday afternoon, earning two big victories to stay in the playoff hunt. 

Game 1: Marymount 21, Southern Virginia 3 

Senior Spenser Davis pieced together an impressive performance on the mound, completing six innings of action, and allowing just three hits and one run while striking out four for his second win on the hill this season. 

SVU got on the board first in the bottom of the first, taking an early 1-0 lead, but MU answered with six runs in the top of the second. Sophomore Luke Tyree led the Saints off with a single to the pitcher. Senior Roy Coates picked up the RBI to bring Tyree home and tie the game, 1-1. Later in the inning, senior Conner Hall hit a double to tally three RBI, 4-1. The Saints offense remained hot and senior Brandon Savage notched his fifth homerun of the season for two more runs to push a 6-1 advantage.  

In the top of the third, Tyree sent a ball over the centerfield fence to push the Saints ahead, 7-1. The Saints added three more runs to take a commanding 10-1 lead heading into the bottom of the third. On the defensive end, Davis pitched a no hitter in the bottom half of the frame to remain on top.

The blue and white continued to push on the offensive end, adding eight more runs in the top of the fourth, 18-1. Savage bolstered his second homerun of the game, and picked up three RBI. Both squads remained silent until Tyree posted his second homerun of the game in the top of the seventh to pull ahead 19-1 before adding a triple in the next inning for another RBI.

The Knights finally answered in the bottom of the eighth sending one across home plate, 20-2, and each team added one run apiece in the ninth. The Saints came off the bat of Hall who sacrifice flied to center field to score freshman Drew Blevins.  

Game 2: Marymount 8, Southern Virginia 5

The Saints went back to work, taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning of game two. Senior Brandon Orbe sac-flied to center field to bring in senior Lorenzo Calderon. Freshman Justin Didonato earned his second start of the season on the mound. In the bottom half of the frame, he notched three-straight strikeouts to keep the Knights off the board.

The blue and white added another run in the top of the second after Calderon hit a single to center field for the RBI. Southern Virginia got on the board in the bottom of the third to cut the deficit to one, 2-1.

Marymount took advantage of several Knight errors in the top of the fourth to add two more to the board, 4-1. Southern Virginia immediately answered in the bottom half of the frame, scoring two off a homerun before posting another run following a single up the middle of the field to tie the game at four all.

Orbe bolstered another RBI on a shot to left field, bringing in junior Kaden Darrow to regain the lead, 5-4. MU pulled further ahead in the top of the seventh after Coates hit a sac-fly to centerfield. Darrow followed with a two-run homerun over the left-field fence, 8-4.

The Knights rallied in the bottom of the seventh to score one more run off a single through the left side of the field, 8-5. The Saints, however, maintained their lead through the remainder of the game to prevail on top, 8-5.

Sophomore Patrick Berthelette earned the win for the Saints, and improved to 2-2 on the season, while Hall grabbed the save for his ninth-inning of work. 

Marymount will remain on the road to face St. Mary's College of Maryland in a CAC doubleheader clash on Sunday, April 9. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.