Cardinal offense leads to series victory over Tiffin

Freshman Cole Brooks had a breakout series offensively against the Dragons...
Freshman Cole Brooks had a breakout series offensively against the Dragons...

UNIVERSITY CENTER - The SVSU baseball team finished-off a series victory at home over the Tiffin University Dragons, sealing three victories on Monday (Apr. 10) to take 3-of-4 against the GLIAC foe. The Cardinals finished the final two innings of Sunday's nightcap, claiming a 15-12 victory. SVSU then continued to post convincing 12-6 and 11-1 wins in the final two games of the series.

Game Two - Continuation from Sunday w/ Cardinals leading 15-10

Tiffin struck for two runs in the top of the 8th before a 40-minute lightning delay would halt play again. The Cardinals locked-in after that, sealing a 15-12 victory to even the series at one game-apiece after the win.

Inside the Boxscore

On the Mound

  • Jason Clark (1-1) picked up his first collegiate victory, working 2.0 innings while allowing a single run on two hits. He struck-out two batters and walked one.
  • Jake Tarbell notched his fourth save of the season, pitching the final 1.1 innings. He struck-out one batter while allowing zero hits or runs.

Game Three

Tiffin held a 5-1 lead after two innings, with the Cardinals' lone run coming when Harrison ripped an RBI single to score Wilson in the bottom of the 1st.

Saginaw Valley responded in a big way, pushing 11 unanswered runs across to grab the 21-5 lead. The Cards got two in the bottom of the 4th when Jordan Swiss scored on a wild pitch. Wilson then added an RBI groundout that scored Brooks.

In the bottom of the 5th, the team went for six more runs, using a Swiss three-run shot, Fitzgibbon RBI single and Wilson double that scored two.

The three runs in the 6th came when Brooks had an RBI single, Fitzgibbon scored on a double steal and Brooks scored on a Collin Winters double to left field.

The Dragons added a lone run in their half of the 7th, the SVSU would close-out for the 12-6 final score victory.

Inside the Boxscore

  • Swiss was 3-3 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored.
  • Wilson was 2-5 with a double, three RBI and a run.
  • Winters, Harrison and Fitzgibbon all had two hits as well with an RBI. Winters and Harrison scored once while Fitzgibbon had two runs.

On the Mound

  • Alex Millhisler (1-1) got the victory in relief, working 3.0 innings. He allowed a single hit and two walks with zero runs.
  • Brandon Wise tossed the final 2.0 innings of the game, giving up an unearned run on one hit, allowing a walk as well.  

Game Four

In the fourth and final game of the series, Saginaw Valley scored 10 unanswered runs to take the 10-0 lead after six innings.

The Cardinals got two runs in the 3rd, using a Carson RBI single and Harrison sacrifice fly.

In the 4th, Brooks hit his fourth home run of the weekend, nailing a solo shot to right center to give SV the 3-0 edge.

The bottom of the 6th would see the home squad add seven runs, pushing the lead out to 10-0. The big blow of the inning came when Adam Turner hit a grand slam, scoring Harrison, Carson and Wilson for the runs.

The Dragons scored in the top of the 8th to draw the score to 10-1, but SV responded with a Swiss sac fly that plated Turner in the bottom of the inning to make it 11-1. That is where the final score remained, giving the Cardinals three out of four victories.

Inside the Boxscore

  • Carson was the only Cardinal with two hits in the final game. He was 2-5 with an RBI and run scored.
  • Brooks and Turner each had a home run, with Turner notching four RBI with his grand slam.
  • Fitzgibbon and Swiss each had a double as well in the game.

On the Mound

  • Schwellenbach (2-2) got his second victory of his freshman campaign after allowing a single run on four hits, striking-out four batters in 8.0 innings of work.
  • Tristan Faunce sealed the win after pitching the ninth inningallowing just two hits. 

Up Next...

Saginaw Valley takes on league-leading Northwood University on Wednesday (Apr. 12) in another league twinbill. First pitch is set for 2:00 p.m. at the SVSU Baseball Complex.  

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