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Cards Drop Two at Wayne State

Freshman Jordan Swiss had four hits in the doubleheader at Wayne State on Wednesday afternoon...
Freshman Jordan Swiss had four hits in the doubleheader at Wayne State on Wednesday afternoon...

DETROIT - Coming off a Sunday sweep over the Malone Pioneers, the Cardinal baseball team traveled to Detroit to square-off against the Wayne State University Warriros in a mid-week GLIAC doubleheader. The Cardinals dropped a pair of one run games, losting 7-6 in eight innings in the opener before falling 1-0 in the nightcap at the WSU Baseball Field.

Game One

Saginaw Valley went for six runs in the top of the sixth inning to take the 6-0 advantage. Kyle Randick hit a two-RBI double that plated Adam Fitzgibbon and Garrett Soule and Jordan Swiss would follow by knocking-in Brendan Harrison. A Greg Kazmierski RBI single scored Randick for the fourth run. Fitzbiggon would come up big then with a two-RBI single to push Swiss and Kazmierski across. Fitzgibbon had two hits in the opening frame.

The Warriors fought back and scored a run in the fourth, three in the fifth and two in the sixth inning to knot the score at 6-6. 

Neither team threatened in the seventh and SVSU couldn't capitalize in the top of eight on a leadoff single from Kazmierski, as he was moved up to second on a Dylin Eschenburg sacrifice bunt and the inning moved to the bottom of the frame.

Wayne State loaded the bases with no outs to set up a great opportunity but SVSU reliever Max Ludka got the next batter to pop-out. An infield single from the Warriors's Sean Winkelseth wound ensue, however, pushing the winning run across for the 7-6 final.

Inside the Boxscore

  • Fitzgibbon was 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored.
  • Swiss also collected three hits, adding an RBI and run as well. 
  • Kazmierski had two hits with a run and RBI.
  • Randick (2B) had the only extra-base hit of the nine total for the Cardinals.
  • Ludka (0-6) took the loss, as he worked the eighth inning and allowed a run on three hits.
  • Scott Sency got the start on the hill. He allowed four runs on five hits, walking three and posting seven strikeouts.

Game Two

The first two and a half innings went scoreless and the Warriors scored a solo run in the bottom of the third to take the 1-0 edge. The home team got the run on a single, wild pitch and RBI double for the lead.

That would prove to be the game's only run, as the Cards couldn't convert on a couple of chances with runners in scoring position from there and Wayne State closed out for the one-run victory. 

Inside the Boxscore

  • SVSU had just three hits in the second game, with Fitzgibbon, Swiss and Blackwell each recording one of those.
  • Eschenburg drew a pair of walks in the contest as well.
  • Michael Ellenbest (4-3) took the loss in the start. He was solid in only allowing a single run on six hits, walking two and striking-out three batters.

Up Next...

The Cards (16-20, 8-10 GLIAC) travel to play at Hillsdale College this weekend. The teams play Saturday (Apr. 23) in a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader before facing-off again on Sunday (Apr. 24) in a twinbill that is slated to begin at noon.


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