Marian baseball rallies for walk-off win

Jake Falish gets ready to throw to first.

TUCSON, Ariz. - Marian University baseball (3-7, 0-0 NACC) was down to their final out before rallying to defeat Dubuque by a 3-2 final.

In a pitcher's duel from start to finish, the Sabres pulled off a big rally to close out their spring trip.  Junior Brandon Knoke got the nod to start the game and only allowed one run off of four hits in 4.1 innings of work.  Freshman Logan Bosquez also had a strong outing from the bullpen giving Marian 2.2 innings of work where he only allowed two hits and one unearned run.

The offense was unable to support Knoke and Bosquez, however, as the Sabres could only manage two hits through eight innings.  The Spartans looked ready to complete the shutout retiring the first pair of Marian hitters quickly in the bottom of the ninth before senior Jordan Walker tripled to start the rally.  Fellow senior Michael Pappas followed that up with a single to score walkerand freshman Josh Gates kept th eline moving with a single as well.  Junior Matt Nordlund made it three straight singles to load the bases before fellow junior Jake Falish made it five consecutive hits with a single that plated a pair of runs to give Marian the win.

Junior Jordan Bock (1-2) provided 2.0 innings of hitless relief to earn the victory.  Bock faced the minimum in his two innings of work with four ground outs, one fly out and a strikeout.  

Marian returns to Wisconsin to take on Defiance and Carthage Saturday, March 24 with both games at Carthage.