Marian Athletics 2016-17 Top 10 Moments
#9 - Baseball Rallies to Beat Lakeland in Slugfest
The Marian baseball team faced a four-run deficit after the top of the first inning but chipped away at the Lakeland lead throughout the game and eventually rallied to beat the Muskies 11-10 in 11 innings.
MU managed to cut the Muskie lead down to 5-3 at the end of three innings with an RBI single from senior center fielder Cole Miklavcic in the first, a home run from senior left fielder Tyler Thompson in the second and an RBI double from junior second baseman Hunter Berry in the third. The Sabres then put up a crooked number for their first lead of the game with an RBI double from Miklavcic and a two-run homer from senior catcher Tommy Dugandzic to put the Sabres up 6-5.
The Muskies would answer with a grand slam in the sixth and a run in the seventh sandwiched between a two-RBI single from Thompson to put Lakeland ahead 10-8 after seven. Marian then put together a rally in the eighth with Thompson driving in his fourth run of the game before a two-out double from sophomore Travis Slywka knotted the game at 10-10. The Sabres would put the winning run at third with two outs in the bottom of the ninth but couldn't push the run across forcing extras.
The Muskies would have an opportunity to take the lead in the 11th with runners on second and third with two outs but sophomore right-hander Jordan Bock was able to escape the jam. Then in the bottom half, a single from freshman utility Trey Johnson opened the inning. Johnson would advance to second on an error by the pitcher before the All-NACC Freshman team honoree came around in the next at bat from another error.
Seven of the nine Marian starters recorded hits in the win led by Thompson who went 4-6 with a run scored and four runs batted in. Johnson and Miklavcic each had three hits with the duo combining for five of the 11 Marian runs.
Bock was lights out on the bump in relief for his first win of the season going 5.2 innings scattering four hits and only allowing one unearned run.
As a team, the Sabres stole seven bases in the game and went on to steal 69 bases during the 2017 campaign, seventh most for a single season in Marian history.