The Marian University baseball (13-17, 9-7 NACC) pitching staff continued their dominant ways as the Sabres split with Benedictine falling 3-2 before a 7-5 win.
In the opener, the Sabres held the lead late in the game but the Eagles would rally to steal a win. It wasn’t until the sixth that either team found the scoreboard when the Sabres opened the scoring in a big way. After senior Michael Pappas reached on a fielder’s choice, junior Jake Falish hit a booming two-run homer to left for his first career big fly.
Sophomore Zachariah Sandoval continued his hot streak holding the Eagles scoreless through seven innings. It wouldn’t be until the eighth when Sandoval ran into any sort of trouble when Benedictine was able to plate a pair of unearned runs.
Benedictine completed the come back in the ninth when they plated a two-out run to go ahead for good.
Sandoval closed out his 8.0-inning performance only allowing six hits and striking out nine. On the offensive end, Marian would only manage five hits in the game led by freshman Sean Meyer who went 2-for-3 with a walk.
Game two of the day saw the Marian bats come alive for 15 hits, while the Sabre pitching staff held Benedictine to only six hits to salvage a split. The Eagles opened the scoring in the top of the third with a run but this lead didn’t last long as Marian quickly took their first lead in the next half inning.
The Sabres opened the bottom of the third with four straight hits highlighted by a run-scoring double from senior Jordan Walker and a run-scoring single by junior Matt Nordlund. Pappas closed out the scoring with a ground out that would plate Walker and give Marian a 3-1 lead.
The Eagles answered with two runs in the fifth inning to tie the game but once again the Sabres responded in the next half inning. Berry and Walker opened the bottom of the fifth with back-to-back singles before a double from Pappas plated both to put the Sabres back on top 5-3.
Following the seventh-inning stretch, the Sabres used some two-out magic to extend their lead. Nordlund started the two-out rally with a single with Pappas following that up with a single himself. Falish and Arens then each drove in a run with a single to put Marian ahead 7-3. Benedictine would chip away at their deficit with a two-run homer in the ninth but the Sabres were able to close out the 7-5 victory.
Junior Ty Peccioli (3-3) provided another strong start earning the victory on the bump going 7.0 innings only allowing three hits and striking out six.
The top five hitters in the Marian lineup all had multi-hit games led by Berry and Walker who each had three hits and two runs scored. Pappas closed out the game 2-for-4 with three runs driven in and a run scored.
Marian hits the road tomorrow, Monday, April 30, for a 4 p.m. non-conference doubleheader against Beloit from Pohlman Field.