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MINNEAPOLIS (SabreAthletics.com) – Sophomore right hander Bryce Taylor improved his record to 3-0 on the season as the Marian University baseball team earned a doubleheader split against Northwestern (Minn.) with a 6-3 victory following a 6-1 loss inside the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, this evening, March 20.
Behind the strong right arm of Taylor, the Sabres were able to avenge an earlier defeat as Northwestern's Peterson allowed just a run on five hits to outduel Sam Forkert in game one. Ty Gellinger added to his team-leading 13 RBIs with three more in game two, while Chad Langley tallied five hits combined on the day, including his fourth three-hit campaign of the season so far.
Marian improved to 6-4 on the year with the split, while Northwestern moved to 5-10 overall.
In game one, Marian tied the game in the fourth inning when Langley doubled home Garrett Dorn, who reached on a passed ball following a swinging strike three.
The Eagles would break the tie in the fifth with a run, followed by four more in the sixth en route to the 6-1 victory in the seven-inning affair.
The back-breaker ended up being a bases-clearing triple by Kauweloa in the big fifth inning to the put the game out of reach.
In game two, Taylor lasted six strong innings and allowed just a run on two hits. He struck out four and walked just one, while facing just three batters over the minimum.
The Sabres struck first with a run in the second, an Adam Ryan sacrifice fly to bring in Langley, who recorded his second triple of the season to lead off the inning.
After the Eagles tied it in the bottom of the second, Marian regained the lead with another run in the third on another sac fly. This time, Gellinger drove in Will Martin, who singled earlier.
The Sabres added two more in the fifth and a run each in the sixth and seventh to take a commanding, 6-1, edge.
Brandon Winfield labored a bit in the ninth, but closed the door to secure the 6-3 victory.
Marian pounded out 13 hits in the winning effort, three of those coming off the bat of Langley, who remains hot with a team-leading .450 batting average through 10 games. He also ran his hit total up to 18 on the season, which equaled the total number of hits he had all of last season.
Gellinger sits close behind with a .406 average at the plate and team-leading 16 RBIs.
Marian was supposed to be back in action this Sunday, March 23, with a road doubleheader at Ripon. However, the lingering winter weather has postponed that match-up. A make-up date has yet to be announced.
The next scheduled contest for Marian will be the Northern Athletics Conference home opener against Wisconsin Lutheran, Saturday, March 30. First pitch is slated for noon at Herr-Baker Field, weather permitting.