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Strong pitching, timely hitting gives Saints doubleheader split to open season

Strong pitching, timely hitting gives Saints doubleheader split to open season

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount University baseball team opened its season on Sunday, splitting a doubleheader with Widener University at Nationals Youth Academy; the Pride took the first game, 6-3, before the Saints bounced back for a 2-1 victory in game two.

Game 1: Widener 6, Marymount 3 (Seven Innings):

The Pride took advantage of some early base runners to take a 3-0 lead through the first two and a half innings, but the Saints responded in their half of the third.

Senior Luke Tyree and freshman Alex Lemery knocked in back-to-back singles, before a ground out advanced the pair to second and third. Senior Conner Hall capitalized with a two-out, two-RBI single to cut the Pride lead to one.

Widener answered with three more runs in the fourth and fifth innings to rebuild their lead.

Sophomore James DiGiulian connected in the bottom of the fifth for a home run to left field, his first of the year, for the Saints final run.

However, the Pride were able to hold Marymount to only two hits in the last two innings to hold on for the win.

Seven Saints recorded hits in the game, while Hall led the way going 1-for-3 with his two RBI.

Senior Ryan Scheufele got the start on the mound, pitching four innings and striking out two, while only allowing three earned runs.

Game 2: Marymount 2, Widener 1 (Seven Innings):

Sophomore Ryan Bergenhagen took the mound for Marymount in game two, holding the Pride to only three base runners through the first-three innings. In the top of the third, he forced a double play to bring the Saints to the plate.

Junior Mike Ferrara put the Saints on the board in the bottom of the third, blasting a homer to lead off the inning for a 1-0 edge.

Widener's Dylan Morrissette tied the game in the fourth with a homer, but that was the last hit of the game that Marymount would allow.

Freshman Kenny Frank and junior Matthew Schneider combined to pitch the final three innings, not allowing a hit or a run and allowing only one base runner.

The contest remained tied, and the Saints came to bat in the bottom of the seventh with a chance to grab their first win of the year.

Following a Pride error, Tyree smacked a double to center to advance Ferrara to third.

Ferrara scored on the next plate appearance, as Lemery put the ball in play and reach on a fielder's choice to drive home the winning run.

Schneider earned the win in the game, pitching the final one and two-thirds innings, while striking out two.

Ferrara finished 2-for-3 at the plate, with two runs and one RBI to pace the offense.

The Saints will now travel to Gallaudet University for the Bison Baseball Classic, beginning on Friday, February 22; they will take on Stevenson University for their first contest, set for 2 p.m.