Virginia Beach, Va. – Five different Saints recorded multi-hit performances as the Marymount baseball squad completed its sweep at Virginia Wesleyan, 6-5. The Saints improve to 5-3 on the season with the nonconference win.
Like the series opener on Tuesday, the Marlins jumped out to an early lead in their half of the first. A leadoff walk gave the host the start it needed, as Zach Bach made the most of his free pass. He swipe second, moved to third on a passed ball, and came around to score on a Matt Murray single. Another pair of singles loaded the bases, and a fielder's choice saw the Marlins extend the lead to 2-0. A sharp single to left brought the advantage to 3-0 heading into the second.
While neither team mounted much offense in the second, Marymount made its reply in the third. Following a VWU pitching change, Carlos King notched a leadoff single to set the table for the Saints. King advanced to second on a wild pitch before moving to third on a deep fly ball to right field. The speedster came around to score when Brandon Padgett chipped a fly ball into left field for the sacrifice fly and the first Marymount run of the day.
Virginia Wesleyan negated the Saints effort in its half of the third, swiping one run on four hits to retake the three-run margin, 4-1.
It was the fourth frame that saw the Marymount bats go to work, as the Saints plated three runs on five hits to even the score. Brandon Orbe singled to center to start the prolific inning, while Jack Breheny moved him up to third on a double down the left field line. With two runners in scoring position, Karlis Graubics punched a two-run single to cut the deficit to one, 4-3. Graubics moved up to second on a bunt single from King, and then advanced to third on a groundout from Stephen Berczek. A two-out single from Padgett saw Graubics trot safely home for the equalizer, 4-4.
Marymount broke the stalemate in the fifth, using a Ryan Blake single to right field to kick off the frame. While Blake would be erased on the following fielder's choice, a pair of VWU errors extended the inning in the Saints favor. Lorenzo Calderon reached on an error by the Marlins pitcher – pushing Ben Berczek all the way to third. Calderon swiped second moments later, and both runners came home on another VWU error – this time from the Marlins shortstop – to up the ante to 6-4.
Virginia Wesleyan made its final plea in the bottom of the fifth, plating one run on two hits to shave the margin to one, 6-5. The Marlins could not muster any further offense over the four remaining innings.
Blake, Calderon, Orbe, Graubics, and King all posted two hits in the effort, while Padgett and Breheny hauled in two RBIs apiece.
Jake Kniatt (1-0) takes the decision on the hill for the Saints, scattering just two hits through his 1.2 innings of work.
Marymount returns to action on Thursday as it travels to Averett to round out its spring break road swing. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m.