LISLE, Ill. – Marian University baseball (3-7, 0-0 NACC) dropped a pair of games to Benedictine on the road with final scores of 4-2 and 16-10.
The Sabres had a slow start in the opener and it ended playing a big factor at the end. Benedictine was able to score a fun in the first and a pair in the third to go ahead 3-0. A walk from senior Jonah Landowski with the bases loaded brought across fellow senior Sean Meyer to put Marian on the board in the sixth. The Eagles responded with their own run in the sixth. Meyer was able to drive in a run in the top of the seventh but the Sabres would be unable to come any closer.
Meyer finished going 3-for-5 and had a hand in each Sabre run. Freshman Logan Lange (0-2) went 6.0 innings with five strikeouts allowing four runs, while fellow freshman Connor Medvecz tossed the final 2.0 innings allowing just two hits and zero runs.
The second game proved to be a slugfest with a couple of tough innings for the Sabres being the difference. The Eagles once again plated runs in their first chance to hit but Marian responded with four runs in the third to take their first lead of the day. Meyer started the scoring with a run-producing double and was followed by a fielder’s choice RBI from Landowski. A balk and RBI groundout later in the inning put Marian ahead 4-2.
Just like in game one, though, Benedictine responded in the bottom half of the inning to go up 6-4. The Eagles went on to score four more runs in the fourth and three runs in the fifth to take a 13-4 lead. A three-run homer from junior Michael now in the sixth cut into the Marian deficit, and in the next inning sophomore Ty Enns doubled in a run to bring Marian to within five at 13-8. Benedictine was able to extend their lead in the seventh and eighth before Meyer had another RBI double that brought in two runs in the ninth to set the final at 16-10.
Four Sabres had multi-hit games led by Snow and Meyer who each drove in three runs. Sophomore Mac Doherty provided 1.1 innings out of the bullpen of scoreless relief.
Marian hosts Illinois Tech Saturday, March 27 for a noon doubleheader in their first home games of the season.