La Roche 11, Kenyon 10
La Roche College (5-1) rallied from a three-run deficit in the middle innings and later triumphed 11-10 over Kenyon College (0-3) on Tuesday night at Gladwin Sport Complex.
Kenyon’s offense had it best showing of the early season as four players recorded multiple hits. Junior Matt Contreras highlighted those efforts. He went 5-for-5, became just the seventh player to reach that single-game total in program history, and was one off the single-game record of six set by Matt von Roemer last year. Contreras also drove in four while freshman Alex Gow had two hits and two RBIs.
After giving up the first five runs, Kenyon was able to cut the deficit to 5-4 in the third. Three of the first four batters recorded singles and Contreras’ single through the right side plated Eric DelRosso. After Patrick O’Leary was hit in the batter’s box, Gow followed with a two-run single to bring the count to 5-3.
Kenyon’s fourth run was delivered off the bat of Paul Siciliano who hit an infield single plating O’Leary.
That momentum carried over to the fourth for Kenyon. Contreras added another run-scoring hit while O’Leary connected on a sacrifice fly to center field which brought von Roemer home. Max Warren capped off the scoring with another sac fly, this time scoring Mikey Arman.
Trailing 9-6, the Redhawks responded with a pair of runs in the fifth highlighted by Johnathan Melendez’s two-out, run-scoring single which made the tally 9-8.
La Roche added two more runs, including one via error, in the sixth to retake the lead, 10-9.
In the seventh, Contreras brought the Lords back with a two-out homer to left field which tied the game at 10.
Today, the Lords are scheduled to face Bridgewater State University (2-4) at 11 a.m.
Judson 3, MVNU 2
Mount Vernon Nazarene University baseball went ahead 2-0 in the top of the third inning on Tuesday with runs batted in by Jesse Staudt and Ashton Myers, but Judson came back to win, 3-2, with a walk-off in the bottom of the ninth.
Both Staudt’s and Myers’ RBIs were with two outs. MVNU (8-5), however, was haunted by a few costly miscues late, and Judson improved to 6-8 with the win.
“I thought we competed well, we just didn’t execute well at critical moments,” said head coach Keith Veale.
“We got some good innings out of Mark Rader, Jacob Roe and Jake Glover, but there was just no margin for error. Judson made us pay when we didn’t execute. They are a good club, and I thought we were right there. We are just having a difficult time getting out of the way of ourselves. The game is designed for three outs per inning. When we give the other team extra bases and extra outs, we are not going to win. We are looking forward to Thursday for another opportunity.”
MVNU will have a day off before it takes the diamond on Thursday for two games. The opener will be at 10:30 a.m. in Avon Park, Fla. against Lourdes University (6-4), and Game 2 will pit the Cougars against Lawrence Tech (13-7) at 1:30 p.m.
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Offensive barrage for MVNU baseball in 20-7 win
VERO BEACH, Fla. — Mount Vernon Nazarene University baseball scored 20 runs on 21 hits on Monday, as a nine-run fourth inning broke the game open against Trinity International University (0-10) in a 20-7 victory at Historic Dodgertown.
The game was scheduled to be a nine-inning contest, but the Cougars offensive barrage cut it short to seven innings.
Six different players had multi-hit games for MVNU, led by a 5-of-5 performance from freshman outfielder Devin Pearl. Pearl was just a home run away from hitting for the cycle, and drove in two runs.
Senior Jesse Staudt continued to flash some pop from the plate, smashing two more home runs, his fifth and sixth of the season. He was a triple short of the cycle, and drove in five. Ashton Myers also had five RBIs, as he also had a long ball in going 2 of 3. Freshman shortstop Chris Kline went 3 of 5 with two RBI and a team-high five runs scored, and classmate Jake Glover was 3 of 5 as well.
On the mound, Clint Conner earned the win to improve to 3-1 on the season. The sophomore threw 5 1/3 innings and allowed just three earned runs. Myers also got some work in the final two innings, recording the final five outs without allowing a hit.