MVNU 1, St. Francis (Illinois) 0
LAKE WALES, Fla.— Sophomore pitcher Mark Rader moved to 2-0 on the season with a complete game shutout to give Mount Vernon Nazarene University Baseball a win in the final game of its 2018 trip to Florida over Saint Francis (Ill.), 1-0.
The Grove City, Ohio native and graduate of Grove City High School tossed the second complete game of his career and first complete game shutout by allowing just seven hits from the Saint Francis offense. Only one of those hits was of the extra-base variety (a double), and Rader struck out five batters to just one walk.
The game seemingly was over in a blink of an eye, as Rader’s performance spoiled the contributions of three pitchers for the Fighting Saints that limited MVNU to just the one run on six hits.
That run was all that the Cougars (11-7) would need however to improve to 11-7 on the year and finish fourth in the Warner University Tournament.
MVNU’s winning run was brought across in the second inning, as Brandt Miller led off with a single up the middle. Miller advanced to second on a fielder’s choice from Drew Ritchey, and Kobe Miller singled to left field to bring the go-ahead run to third base. Freshman Cory Clark brought Miller around to score with a single to second base.
MVNU finished with a record of 6-7 on its trip, and will return to Ohio for a doubleheader with Miami University-Hamilton on Tuesday in Hamilton. Game 1 is set to begin at 3 p.m.
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Kenyon 3, Cairn 2
GLADWIN, Mich.— Kenyon College (1-6) earned its first win of the season on Saturday as it overcame two errors in the ninth to defeat Cairn University 3-2 at Gladwin Sports Complex.
The Lords’ pitching staff had their best game of the season highlighted by the performance of Nathan Chandler. Through the first four innings on Saturday, Chandler retired 12-of-15 batters, struck out eight and allowed just one Highlanders player to reach scoring position.
With Chandler dealing for nearly half the game, Kenyon’s offense came through with three runs.
Mikey Arman broke a scoreless tie in the second as his single to left field drove home Ryan Page. An inning later, Page helped the Lords increase their lead to 2-0 as he drew a bases-loaded walk pushing Trenton DiFilippo home.
Then in the third, Arman got the frame started with a triple to right field. Two batters later, fellow senior Matt von Roemer connected with a sacrifice fly to left which scored Arman.
Also aiding the Lords’ efforts on the mound was Will Oakley who tossed 2.2 innings, allowed just one hit and struck out two. Offensively, Page went 3-for-3 while Arman collected two hits.
Kenyon will return to action today for a doubleheader against Albright College (1-0).