Collegeville, Minn. – The Gustavus Adolphus baseball team split a doubleheader with Saint John’s University on Sunday afternoon at Saint John’s Field. The Gusties fell in game one by a final score of 1-0 in nine innings before winning game two 11-3. With the wins, Gustavus moves to 12-17 (9-5 MIAC) while Saint John’s is now 15-14 (6-8 MIAC).
Game 1 – Gustavus 0, Saint John’s 1
A pitcher’s duel in every sense of the phrase, the Gusties and Johnnies played to a 0-0 tie through the regulation seven innings. Both teams threatened throughout the contest, but could not put one across. Gustavus left runners in scoring position in the fourth, sixth, and seventh inning leaving scoring chances on the table. Likewise, Saint John’s left runners in scoring position in the fourth, sixth, seventh, and eighth innings without capitalizing.
The Johnnies finally broke the seal with a run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Dylan Graves led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Alex Powell. Joey Long then delivered a walk-off single that scored Graves from second and closed the book on game one with a 1-0 final.
Although putting forth a masterful performance, Gustavus starter Grant Soderberg (So., Eden Prairie, Minn.) was given the loss. Soderberg pitched all eight and one-third innings, giving up one run on seven hits and striking out six without surrendering a single walk. Saint John’s starter Ryan Spengler earned the win with an even more impressive performance. Spengler pitched nine innings of shutout baseball allowing just three hits and recording five strikeouts.
At the plate for the Gusties, Tim Miller (Sr., Eden Prairie, Minn.) tallied two of the three Gustavus hits. The senior went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles in the game. Joey Long led the way in the box for Saint John’s with a 2-for-4 performance and an RBI.
Game 2 – Gustavus 11, Saint John’s 3
Game two opened much the same way that game one did, a scoreless tie after the first inning. After the Gusties were retired in order in the top of the first, the Johnnies loaded the bases in the bottom half of the inning with only one out. However, back-to-back fly ball outs got Gustavus out of the inning and the momentum had shifted in favor of the Gusties.
Gustavus used that momentum to score three runs in the second and four in the third to take a 7-0 lead. From there, the Gusties controlled the game the rest of the way, scoring one run in the fourth and fifth innings to extend the lead to 9-0 before Saint John’s came back to score three in the bottom of the sixth. Gustavus then tacked on two more insurance runs in the top of the seventh to push the final score to 11-3 in favor of the Black and Gold.
Kellan Euerle (Jr., St. Cloud, Minn.) recorded the win on the mound for Gustavus after giving up three runs on eight hits in six innings of work. Scott Schroeder suffered the loss for Saint John’s after allowing seven runs on six hits in two and one-third innings pitched.
Offensively, Max Fidler (So., Lino Lakes, Minn.) went 4-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Fidler also stole two bases. Scott Benjamin (Jr., Northfield, Minn.) followed with a 3-for-5 outing coupled with a pair of RBI and two runs scored.
The Gusties will be in action again tomorrow, Monday, May 6th when they travel to St. Paul to take on St. Thomas in an MIAC doubleheader scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.