Winona, Minn. – The Gustavus Adolphus baseball team split a doubleheader with Saint Mary’s University on Sunday afternoon at Max Molock Memorial Field. The Gusties dropped the first game by a score of 3-0 before turning around to win the second game 5-3. With the split, Gustavus moves to 8-15 (5-3 MIAC) while Saint Mary’s is now 13-12 (4-6 MIAC).
Game 1 – Gustavus 0, Saint Mary’s 3
In a game that featured a combined 10 hits between the two teams – five for each – Saint Mary’s took advantage of a three-run fourth inning that proved to be the difference in the win. After a pair of singles, an RBI double to left center field by Willie Doll broke the scoreless tie. One batter later, an identical double to left center off the bat of David Barry brought in two more runs and the damage was done.
The Gusties would not go quietly, however, as they threatened in the top of the sixth inning. A pair of two-out singles put runners on first and second, but a pop-up in foul territory got the Cardinals out of the jam. The Gusties again produced a threat in the top of the seventh putting two runners on with two outs, but Cardinal closer Tyler Krysiak got a much-needed ground ball out to capture his third save of the year and preserve the 3-0 victory.
On the mound, Connor Norris (Sr., Omaha, Neb.) was given the loss after throwing six innings and allowing three runs on just five hits. Norris also struck out four in the outing. Steph Scatassa earned the win for Saint Mary’s after throwing six innings of shutout baseball. Scatassa gave up five hits while striking out three and walking only one batter.
The Gusties were led by Sam Warner (Fr., Chanhassen, Minn.) at the plate, who went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles. For Saint Mary’s, David Barry went 1-for-1 with a walk, a double, and two RBI while Willie Doll went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
Game 2 – Gustavus 5, Saint Mary’s 3
In game two, Gustavus bolted out to a 4-0 lead, scoring two runs in the first inning and two in the second. A pair of singles with two outs put runners on first and third for the Gusties in the first inning when Scott Benjamin (Jr., Northfield, Minn.) delivered a piercing double to right center field. After both runners had scored, Benjamin was gunned down trying to stretch the base hit into a triple for the third out and the lead was 2-0.
In the second inning, Gustavus added to their lead. Grant Soderberg (So., Eden Prairie, Minn.) singled to lead off the inning and Garrett Fuchs (So., Cold Spring, Minn.) doubled to put runners on second and third. Taylor Bigandt (Fr., Littleton, Colo.) then manufactured a run by grounding out, allowing Soderberg to score. Later in the inning, Tim Miller (Sr., Eden Prairie, Minn.) rocketed a laser through the hole on the left side of the infield to bring in Fuchs and the lead was extended to 4-0.
Saint Mary’s had an answer in the bottom of the third, however, scoring two runs to cut its deficit to 4-2. A ground out by Kevin Gannon brought in Kyle Servais and Willie Doll singled in a run before being thrown out at second. The Cardinals scored again in the fourth inning when Vince Lulic singled in a run and the score was 4-3.
However, Gustavus came back to tack on one more insurance run in the top of the fifth, and that proved to be enough. With one gone in the inning, Kellan Euerle (Jr., St. Cloud, Minn.) doubled off the base of the left center field fence to get the Gustie offense going. Drew Block (Sr., Rochester, Minn.) followed with a single to bring in Euerle and extend the lead to 5-3, which is where it would stay for the remainder of the afternoon.
Logan Peymann (So., Fairmont, Minn.) earned the win on the mound for the Gusties after four and one-third innings of work. The sophomore allowed three runs on nine hits and struck out five in his first win of the year. Christopher Kelly (So., Savage, Minn.) came in relief to provide two and two-thirds innings of shutout baseball, giving up just two hits.
At the plate, Block, Benjamin, and Soderberg all went 2-for-3to lead the Gustavus offense. Benjamin (2) and Block (1) both contributed RBIs in the game while Block and Soderberg each scored a run. Kellan Euerle also put forth a multi-hit performance, going 2-for-4with a run scored.