ST. LOUIS — The SVSU Baseball team swept the series against the Maryville Saints Sunday (March. 4) afternoon, taking the finale, 7-3. The Cardinals racked up 12 hits, with Jordan Swiss leading the way with four hits.
Even with Saginaw Valley trailing after the first inning 1-0, Cole Brooks responded with a double down the left field line, bringing Swiss around to even up the score, 1-1.
Maryville notched another run in the bottom of the second to take back the lead 2-1, but yet again, the Cardinals came out hot in the third inning, notching three runs (the second time in the series) to secure a 4-2 lead over the Saints.
Saginaw Valley kept on rolling with Adam Fitzgibbon's single, bringing Gerrit Eding home to go up 5-2. Fitzgibbon then went on to cross the plate himself, scoring on the throw when Jordan Swiss got caught stealing. SVSU was up 6-2 going into the fifth.
The next four innings were pretty quiet until the Saints put their final run of the afternoon on the board in the eighth inning.
The Cardinals were not finished yet. Dean Marais's RBI single to right field in the ninth with bases loaded, sent Fitzgibbon home and finalized the count, 7-3, over the Saints.
SVSU took the finale victory and swept the series 4-0 over Maryville, with Brandan Wise earning his first win of 2018, working five innings.
The Cardinals extended their winning streak to five games with the victory over the Saints.
Inside the Boxscore
- Swiss had four hits, two doubles and two runs scored.
- Fitzgibbon was 3-5, with a double, three runs and one RBI.
- Brooks had two RBI on two hits with one double.
- Jones had a sac fly and a RBI.
- Eding had a double and a RBI.
- Wise got his first win, pitching 5 innings and striking-out one batter.
- Eric Fritz pitched 2.0 innings, with one strikeout.
- Ravi Mahanti tossed 1.0 inning with one strikeout.
- Jacob Crossan pitched one inning with one strikeout, as well.
From head coach Chris Ebright
"I am really proud of our guys for the job they did this weekend. It's very tough to sweep a team to begin with, and to do it on the road makes it even more of a challenge. The guys stayed focused, competed all weekend, and most importantly everyone contributed in one way or another. We will enjoy it for the next day, and then it's back to work."
From pitching coach Clayton VanderLaan
"To go into a road series facing the type of talented lineup Maryville has is something that could be intimidating. So to see the staff take the challenge head on and pitch as well as they did proved a lot to us coaches. I'm beyond proud of these boys and the way they continue to go about their business."
The Cardinals will continue on their spring break trip and will head to play Limestone in a two-game series on Tuesday (March. 6) and Wednesday (March. 7). Both games will begin at 2 p.m. Stay tuned to the SVSU Baseball schedule for the live stats links.
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