TUCSON, Ariz. (SabreAthletics.com) – A seven-run first inning keyed a 9-6 victory for the Marian University baseball team as it defeated Wesleyan University (Conn.) to wrap up its Arizona spring trip with a 5-3 mark at the Kino Sports Complex, this afternoon, March 15.
Ty Gellinger capped the big first inning with a bases clearing triple to right field and the Sabres never looked back. A four-run third inning by Wesleyan cut into the lead, but Marian's lead proved too much to overcome. Brandon Winfield pitched a solid five innings in relief to earn his first win of the season.
Marian improved to 5-3 with the win, while Wesleyan fell to 3-3. The Sabres and Cardinals ended up splitting their two meetings during trip.
In the decisive first inning scoring barrage for the Sabres, the first four batters reached base and Adam Ryan made it 1-0 with an RBI single to right field.
Garrett Dorn followed with another run scoring single, this time to left field. Two more RBI singles by Schreiner and Ryan Seifert made it 4-0 and spelled a short day for Wesleyan starter, Mike DeLalio.
Reliever Wilson Flower came on and had trouble finding the strike zone, walking Bromley and hitting Mitch Andrus in the leg to load the bases for Gellinger. In his second at bat of the inning, the left handed batter drove a ball to the right field corner and all three runs came into score, while Gellinger ended up with a triple.
Sophomore Brett Barger made his first start this season and retired the first seven batters he faced before suddenly becoming wild. It resulted in a rough third inning as the Cardinals plated four runs to cut into the Sabre lead.
Marian got a run back in the bottom of the third on Bromley's RBI single to right field, scoring Schreiner from second after a leadoff double to center.
Barger took an 8-4 lead into the fifth inning, but ran into trouble again, allowing back-to-back hits, including an RBI double to Sam Goodwin-Boyd to make it 8-5.
Head Coach Jason Bartelt then made the call to the bullpen and Winfield came on in relief. He went on to allow just a run on two hits over five innings to earn the win.
DeLalio took the loss as the Sabre bats were at it again. Marian will come home after hitting .320 as a team on the trip, averaging nearly 9.5 runs per game.
The Sabres will turn right around and face Northwestern (Minn.) in a non-conference doubleheader Wednesday, March 20, at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.