RIVER FOREST, Ill. – Marian University baseball (3-13, 0-0 NACC) dropped another pair of tight games falling to Concordia Chicago 8-2 and 12-11.
Marian led early against the Cougars after senior Sean Meyer drove in a run with a single in the third. Sophomore Robbie Knorr made the Sabre lead 2-0 with run-producing single in the sixth. The Cougars were then able to find the scoreboard in a big way scoring six runs in the bottom of the sixth. Concordia Chicago would add a pair of runs in the eighth to set the final at 8-2.
Meyer had a strong game at the plate finishing 3-for-4 with a run driven in, while junior Alex Behr also had a multi-hit game. Junior Noah Imrie (0-4) cruised through the first five innings before allowing all of his five earned runs in the sixth.
A slugfest broke out in game two with Concordia Chicago rallying in the bottom of the ninth to secure the sweep.
The Sabres jumped out early with Meyer hitting a two-run home run, the first long ball of his career, in the first. Meyer then tripled and scored on an error in the third to put Marian ahead 3-1. Concordia Chicago responded putting up runs in the third and fourth innings to take a 6-3 advantage. A two-run single from senior Jonah Landwoski cut the Marian deficit down to one in the top of the fifth, but CUC extended their lead out to 9-5 in the bottom half.
A two-run home run from senior Michael Snow in the sixth inning then began a rally for the Sabres, his fourth home run of the year. The Sabres were able to then tie the game in the seventh before Marian hit their third home run of the game in the ninth to retake the lead. Sophomore Riley Palmquist hit the long ball, a two-run shot, which was the first of his career to put the Sabres ahead 11-9. The Cougars returned the favor in the bottom half, however, rallying for the walk-off win.
Snow and Landowski each had three hits in the defeat, while Meyer added another pair of hits to go with three runs scored and two driven in. In the first appearance of his career, freshman Ryan Walters allowed just one run in 2.0 innings of work with three punch outs.
Marian is scheduled to return home Wednesday, April 7 for a 1 p.m. doubleheader against Dominican.