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Saints split league doubleheader at St. Mary's

Saints split league doubleheader at St. Mary's

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The Marymount (Va.) University baseball team split a Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader on Sunday afternoon to St. Mary's College of Maryland. 

Game 1: St. Mary's 2, Marymount 0 

Junior Dylan Gerdts took the start on the mound for the Saints in game one, tossing five innings for just two runs. But those two runs in the end would be enough for the Seahawks to take the victory, as St. Mary's starter threw a complete game on seven hits by the Saints. 

In four innings with MU at bat, the Saints placed runners in scoring position, but the Seahawk pitcher worked out of several jams to keep Marymount off home plate. 

Senior Brandon Savage and sophomore Conner Hall each registered two hits in the game. 

Game 2: Marymount 9, St. Mary's 3 

In game two, the Saints pulled together more momentum on the offensive end, scoring their first run of nine for the game in the top of the first inning. With the bases loaded, sophomore Luke Tyree stepped in to send a deep sacrifice fly to left field to bring home senior Lorenzo Calderon for the early 1-0 lead. 

Freshman Kenny Sysyn, who started on the mound for the Saints, gave the Seahawks an early look at his skills with an opening strike out in the bottom of the first. However, by the end of the inning, St. Mary's brought around one run on a RBI double to tie the game up at 1-1. 

From that point, Sysyn kept the Seahawks silent on the offensive end until the sixth inning, while the Saints built up a four-run advantage. MU brought around three in the third inning, all unearned, due to an error on the Seahawk third baseman. 

In the fourth inning, an error by St. Mary's catcher would bring home Savage to push a 5-1 lead for the Saints. 

In an effort to get back in the game, the Seahawks scored two in the bottom half of the sixth, eventually ending Sysyn's day on the mound, but MU rallied for four more runs to walk away with the victory. 

The top of the seventh saw three runs come across, with a sacrifice fly by sophomore Ryan Scheufele and a deep shot to left field by senior Marlon Mitchell for a 2-RBI double. 

Mitchell smacked another double in the top of the ninth to score the game's final run with Hall trotting home after stealing both second and third earlier in the inning. 

Sysyn earned the win on the mound, tossing 5.1 innings for four strikeouts and just two earned runs. 

The Saints went 3-for-4 over the weekend in their back-to-back league doubleheaders, and will look to continue the trend on Wednesday, April 12 at Frostburg State University. First pitch is set for 3:45 p.m.