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Saints' offense breaks out for 12-0 win over Owls

Saints' offense breaks out for 12-0 win over Owls

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount University baseball team hosted University of Maine at Presque Isle on Friday afternoon at Nationals Youth Academy, downing the Owls, 12-0.

Freshman Kenny Frank got the start on the mound for the Saints, making quick work of the Owls in the top of the first to give Marymount a chance to take the lead.

Seniors Luke Tyree and Conner Hall led off with back-to-back doubles to get runners in scoring position for classmate Austin Sizemore. Sizemore proceeded to launch a double over the centerfielder's head to plate both runners for the 2-0 lead.

The Saints would add a run in the second inning when junior Will DiGiulian came home on a wild pitch.

Frank continued to stifle the Owls' lineup, only allowing three hits and two walks over six innings of work. He struck out five on the way to his first win of the season.

Hall would push the Marymount edge to 4-0 on a sacrifice fly in the fourth, scoring junior Mike Ferrara, but the Saints would break the game open with five runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Ferrara led off with a double down the left-field line, before scoring on a two-bagger off the bat of Tyree. After stealing third, Tyree came home on a single by Hall.

Hall continued the Saints' aggressiveness on the base paths, snatching second, and senior Michael Wade would take advantage with an RBI single.

Freshmen David Kurzrock and Ryan Lee capped the inning with RBI hits, a single and double, respectively, to bring the Saints lead to 9-0.

Taking advantage of an Owl error and a wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth, the Saints were able to plate three more runs to finish out the day.

Junior Justin DiDonato and sophomore Bryce Smith combined to pitch three innings in relief, preserving the shutout. Smith came on in the ninth, striking out three to secure the victory.

Tyree and Kurzrock led the way with three hits, each, in the game, while Hall and Sizemore both drove in two runs.

The Saints will jump back into Atlantic East Conference play in their next games, traveling to Neumann University on Saturday, March 23; the games are set to begin at 12 p.m.