Sabre baseball offense stymied by No. 10 Concordia Chicago

Hunter Berry waits for a pitch.

RIVER FOREST, Ill. - The Marian University baseball (12-16, 8-6 NACC) offense would only manage a total of six hits as the Sabres were swept by No. 10 Concordia Chicago with finals of 5-1 and 6-1.

The Sabres took the first lead of the opening game in the third inning when a sacrifice fly to center from senior Michael Pappas drove in fellow senior Hunter Berry.  The Cougars were able to take advantage of an error in the third inning plating three runs but freshman Logan Bosquez limited the damage.  Bosquez would enter the game in relief with the bases loaded and nobody out but struck out the next three batters to hold the Cougars to a 3-1 lead.

Marian would go hitless in the final four innings, however, and a pair of runs in the seventh from CUC set the final at 5-1.

Noah Imrie provided 1.2 innings of perfect relief out of the bullpen.  Offensively, junior Matt Nordlund had two of the three Marian hits going 2-4 in the loss.

The finale of the twin bill saw much of the same as Marian hung around but a late ninth inning rally lifted the Cougars to a comfortable sweep.  CUC took an early 3-0 lead on the Sabres after four innings before the Sabres plated their first run of the game in the bottom of the fifth.  Freshman Anthony Sottile opened the inning with a one-out single and later came on to score off of a two-out double down the left field line from Berry.

The Cougars managed to pull away in the ninth, however, as CUC would score three runs before Marian could manage to get an out en route to the 6-1 final.

Sophomore Drew Nuanes (0-2) provided the Sabres with 5.0 innings of work scattering seven hits and striking out four.  Junior Brady Nehring and sophomore Tim Dziergas each tossed an inning of relief and the duo only allowed one hit combined.

Berry was the lone Sabre to reach multiple times in the defeat going 1-3 with a run batted in and a walk.

Marian is next slated to host Benedictine Sunday, April 29 for a noon NACC doubleheader in the home opener for the Sabres.

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