Saints split seven-inning twin bill with Blazers

Saints split seven-inning twin bill with Blazers

FREDERICK, Md. – The Marymount (Va.) University baseball team split its second-straight twin bill in two days, falling in game one and rolling by in game two at Hood College on Sunday. 

Game 1: Hood 11, Marymount 5 

The Saints fell behind early in the first seven-innings game of two for the day, seeing the Blazers bring around five runs in the opening two innings. Marymount got a few back in the top of the third when senior Karlis Graubics smacked a 2-RBI double to right centerfield to score junior Kaden Darrow and sophomore Cal Berman

Unfotunately, Hood answered with two more runs in the bottom half of the frame, and four more throughout the remainder of the seven innings, while MU touched home plate just three more times. In the fourth, senior Brandon Savage ripped a triple down the right-field line to score senior Roy Coates, and Berman and Graubics scored in the ninth. 

Game 2: Marymount 10, Hood 4 

The Saints rallied back in game two, rattling off 10 hits for 10 runs, while freshman Max Larimore earned his first win on the mound in his first collegiate start. 

The runs came across early and often for Marymount, bringing across the first one in the top of the first off the bat of Berman who knocked a RBI double to right field, scoring sophomore Conner Hall

Two more came across in the second inning, seeing sophomore Austin Sizemore score sophomore Nick Smutko on a single before Sizemore scored later in the inning on a wild pitch. 

In the bottom of the second, the Blazers scored their only two runs of the day off Larimore on a 2-RBI double to get within one of the Saints, 3-2, but Larimore silenced Hood for the remainder of his outing. 

In the third inning, the Saints separated themselves with three more runs to push ahead, 6-2. Smutko scored Berman on a RBI single to centerfield, and Sizemore knocked in Savage and Smutko on a 2-RBI double to left field. 

The runs continued later in the game for MU, with three runs scoring in the sixth and a solo home run by Savage in the seventh. 

The Saints will now prep for their final game of the season on Sunday, May 7, hosting Gallaudet University for a single nine-inning game at Bishop O'Connell High School. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.