SCHAUMBURG, Ill. - Marian University baseball (9-13, 5-3 NACC) used a pair of complete game performances to sweep Dominican by final scores of 12-1 in seven innings and 4-2.
The Sabre bats came ready to play in the opener today recording a season-high 17 hits marking the second consecutive game MU set the single-game hits mark on the season. Following a double from senior Jordan Walker, junior Matt Nordlund doubled himself to open the scoring in the bottom of the first.
Marian then broke through in the bottom of the second to take a 6-0 advantage. Senior Hunter Berry singled to drive in freshman Sean Meyer and junior Travis Slywka to open the inning before Nordlund drove in sophomore Nick Bastien. Senior Michael Pappas then came up with a clutch two-out single to plate his fellow seniors Walker and Berry.
The Sabres continued to pour on the runs in the third with Berry and Walker driving in runs with two outs to give the Sabres an 8-0 lead after the third inning. More extra base hits then came in the fifth inning as the Sabres had another big inning plating four runs. Walker and Nordlund recorded back-to-back doubles once again with Walker driving in a pair of runs and Nordlund plating Walker. Freshman Josh Gates then came up with a two-out single with the bases loaded to plate Nordlund and close out the scoring for the Sabres.
The run support was plenty for sophomore Zachariah Sandoval (2-3) who only allowed one run in the sixth inning to earn the complete game victory. Sandoval would scatter six hits over his 7.0 innings and punched out six Stars.
The top four hitters combined for 10 of the 11 runs batted in for the game with Walker and Nordlund each driving in three. Walker closed out the game 5-5 with three runs as well, while Berry went 3-5 with two runs scored and two runs driven in. Meyer and Bastien were also able to turn the lineup over at the bottom of the Sabre order as they each had multi-hit games and scored twice.
Marian looked poised to run away with game two as well opening the bottom half of the first inning with three runs. Walker started the scoring off once again with a double that plated Berry before he was driven in by a single from Pappas. Gates then drove in Pappas with a single to close out the three-run frame.
From there, however, the game proved to be a pitching duel. The Sabres extended their lead out to 4-0 following a two-out single from Berry that plated Meyer but this would be all the Sabre offense would manage.
The biggest threat from the Stars would come in the seventh where Dominican plated a pair of runs. Junior Jordan Bock would leave the bases loaded, however, to preserve the 4-2 lead, which proved to be the final.
Bock (3-2) was strong once again as he went all 9.0 innings scattering eight hits and striking out three. Eight of the nine Sabre hitters would record a hit in the victory but Berry was the lone Sabre bat with a multi-hit game going 2-4 with a run scored and a run driven in.
Marian is next scheduled to travel to Aurora Saturday, April 21 for a noon doubleheader in NACC action.