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Saints drop clash with Titans in first game of spring break trip

Saints drop clash with Titans in first game of spring break trip

OSCEOLA, Fla. – The Marymount University baseball team began its spring break trip on Friday night, falling to Illinois Wesleyan University, 8-2, at Osceola Heritage Park.

The Saints fell into an early hole, as the Titans plated three runs in the first-two innings, but the Saints cut into the lead in the top of the third.

Junior Mike Ferrara reached first on an error and subsequently stole second. He reached third on a wild pitch with senior Conner Hall at the plate. Hall did not waste the chance, doubling to left for the RBI.

Hall would not be on the bases long, as he would score on a double by senior Michael Wade, cutting the Titan lead to 3-2.

Singles by junior Will DiGiulian and senior Luke Tyree gave the Saints an opportunity with two on in the fifth but were unable to capitalize.

In the bottom of the fifth, Illinois Wesleyan added a run, before plating four in the sixth to take an 8-2 lead. The Titans would hold their advantage for the rest of the game.

The Saints had another chance to put some runs on the board in the eighth inning, after three walks loaded the bases, but were unable to cut into the Titans' lead.

Hall led the Saints at the plate with two doubles in five at-bats, while scoring one run and driving in one RBI.

Sophomore Drew Mead got the start for the Saints in the game, pitching four innings and striking out four. He only surrendered one walk.

Marymount will return to the diamond on Saturday, March 9 in a doubleheader against Muhlenberg College at Polk State College; the first game is set for 9:30 a.m.