DE PERE, Wis. – Marian University baseball (1-3, 0-0 NACC) fell to St. Norbert to open a doubleheader but rallied in game two for an 8-7 victory.
A couple of Marian errors proved to play a big factor in a 6-3 loss to open the non-conference twin bill. The Green Knights were able to score in their first turn at the plate scoring a pair of runs, but the Sabres were able to immediately answer. Juniors Josh Gates and Ricky Lee each hit a double in the top of the second to bring in runs and tie the game at 2-2.
St. Norbert wouldn’t score an earned run the remainder of the game but plated three runs in the fourth and another in the sixth to go ahead 6-2. A double from senior Jake Arens plated a run in the seventh but the Sabres weren’t able to come any closer.
Junior Noah Imrie (0-2) tossed all 6.0 innings allowing just two earned runs with four punch outs. Three Sabres had multi-hit games led by Arens who went 2-for-3 with a run scored, run driven in, and a walk.
St. Norbert looked poised for a sweep, but the Sabres were able to plate five runs in the top of the seventh to earn an 8-7 win. The Sabres scored with senior Sean Meyer driving in a run in the first inning, but the Green Knights answered with three in the bottom half. Lee drove in a run in the third to cut the Sabre deficit down to 3-2, but a two-run inning in the fourth extended the SNC advantage to 5-2.
Senior Nick Bastien was able to drive in a run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth, but St. Norbert once again had an answer with a pair of runs in the sixth to go up 7-3. Gates was able to bring in a run to open the seventh-inning rally and was followed by a bases clearing double from freshman Logan Rademan that tied the game at 7-7. Bastien then gave the Sabres a lead with a single that scored Rademan. The Green Knights put the tying run on base, but the Sabres were able to shut the door to earn their first win.
Junior Taylor Middaugh (1-0) earned the win tossing 5.1 innings, while freshman Connor Medvecz earned the first save of his career. Meyer had the lone multi-hit game in the win, but seniors Jonah Landowski and Michael Snow were each able to draw a pair of walks.
Marian travels to Ashwaubenon, Wis. to take on Ripon in a non-conference doubleheader starting at noon Friday, March 19.