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Baseball sweeps Ferrum in a non-conference doubleheader

Baseball sweeps Ferrum in a non-conference doubleheader

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marymount University baseball team picked up a doubleheader sweep of Ferrum College on Saturday at Gallaudet University, winning the first game 4-3 and the second 4-2.

Marymount 4, Ferrum 3

After only one hit between both teams in the first two innings, the Panthers broke the scoreless tie in the top of the third with three RBI singles.

However, sophomore Ryan Bergenhagen and senior Conner Hall would combine to shut down the Ferrum offense the rest of the way, which only tallied two more hits in the final four innings of the game.

Bergenhagen earned his fifth win of the season, pitching five innings and striking out eight.

The Saints answered in the bottom of the fourth with four runs to take the lead, after senior Luke Tyree led off the inning with a triple.

He would not last long at third, coming home on a single by Hall.

A single from freshman David Kurzrock advanced Hall to second, who would then score on senior Austin Sizemore's base knock into center.

Freshman Ryan Lee knotted the score, 3-3, with an RBI single to right field, and Marymount took the lead on a single by freshman Bryce Smith to score Sizemore.

Hall closed the door on the Panthers, pitching the final two innings for his fourth save of the year; he struck out three in the effort.

Marymount 4, Ferrum 2

The Saints jumped out to a quick lead in the second game, after back-to-back doubles down the left-field line by Hall and Kurzrock. Kurzrock's drive scored Hall for the 1-0 edge.

Sophomore Drew Mead got off to a strong start on the mound, earning the start. He held the Panthers to only one hit through the first three innings, as the Saints expanded their lead.

In the top of the third, two errors allowed junior Mike Ferrara to reach second, before Tyree singled to right and stole second to set up runners on second and third.

Ferrara scored on a sacrifice fly by Hall, leaving third open for Tyree to swipe; he then came in on a ground out by Kurzrock for the two-out RBI and a 3-0 lead.

Mead and junior Will DiGiulian continued to stifle the Panthers' offense. Mead pitched five full, allowing only four hits and striking out four to earn the win. In two innings of relief, DiGiulian gave up only one hit to keep the Saints' lead intact.

Ferrum's Jake Martin connected for a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to cut the Saints' lead down to only one, 3-2, but Marymount would tack on an insurance run in the ninth.

Sophomore Casey Baker doubled to get a runner in scoring position, before coming home on an RBI single by Tyree to regain a two-run advantage, 4-2.

Hall earned his second save of the day, pitching the final one and one-third innings, while striking out three to finish off the Panthers.

Tyree and Ferrara led the team with two hits, apiece, while Kurzrock led the way with two RBI.

The Saints will return home to Nationals Youth Academy on Wednesday, April 10 to host Salisbury University; the first pitch is set for 1 p.m.