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Baseball Takes Two From ONU, Improves to 8-0

Baseball Takes Two From ONU, Improves to 8-0

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Marymount University baseball team started off strong in Florida this weekend with a doubleheader sweep against Ohio Northern University. The Saints won the first game, 13-8, and the second, 3-2, to improve to 8-0 on the season. 

Game One

The Saints offense set the tone of the game from early in the contest. MU swatted 10 hits en route to 13 runs, to mark the third time this season the Blue and White have hung 10 or more runs on the scoreboard. 

MU got off to a hot start with two runs in the first inning. Bryce Smith drove in the first run with a bases loaded walk, while a grounder from Jimmy Baker plated the second run.

While ONU added a run in the bottom of the first, Smith extended the Saints' lead in the second rame with a two-RBI double to left field that plated Alex Lemery and Jordan Dickson. The Polar Bears managed to take the lead after a three-run fourth inning that made it 6-5. brought in two runs. 

The Saints responded in force in the fifth inning with four runs. Dickson kickstarted the rally with a double to right field, while Ryo Fabre added a sacrifice fly. A pair of wild pitches from ONU put the Blue and White ahead for good, 9-6.

The Saints solidified the game with four runs on four hits in the top of the seventh. Fabre and Smith each tallied one RBI while Lee raked in two RBI.

Kenny Sysyn came away with the win on the mound for the Saints after four innings and four strikeouts. Parker Casselberry was credited with the save after throwing 1.2 scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Bretty Kelley also made an appearance out of the bullpen and struckout two in 1.1 innings of work. 

Smith and Dickson both went 3-for-4 at the plate. Smith tallied a game-high four RBI, while Dickson scored a pair of runs.  Fabre finished the game with three RBI, two runs, and one walk in a 1-for-2 performance at the plate. 

Game Two

The second game of the doubleheader was a lower-scoring affair, as the Saints locked into a pitching duel against the Polar Bears. MU managed three hits, while starting pitcher Kyle Lewis allowed ONU to register just two hits throughout the tilt. Lewis went the distance for the Blue and White and didn't allow a hit until the seventh inning to earn his second win of the season. The sophomore posted a career-high nine strikeouts as he consistently flustered ONU's offense.  

While Lewis dealt on the mound, the Saints rallied behind the sophomore in the fifth inning. David Kurzrock started off with a double, an error on the part of the Polar Bears put Singleton on second base and allowed Kurzrock to score. A single by Lemery brought Singleton home, while Ryo Fabre batted in Robby Cable who made it on base after being hit by pitch.

Lemery and Fabre finished the game with one RBI apiece. Lemery, Smith, and Kurzrock tallied all three hits for the Saints. 

The Saints return to action against Worcester Polytechnic Institute in a doubleheader on Monday, March 7th. The first game is scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m. in Davenport, Florida.