Baseball season has officially started for the SVSU Cardinals.
Saginaw Valley started the season 2-2 after Opening Day on March 2.
In their first game of the year, the Cardinals started slow but then exploded for 15 runs over the course of three innings to help them defeat Cleary University 16-4.
Senior infielder Austin Koin hit his first homerun of the season, a grand slam in the eighth inning.
Freshman outfielder Collin Cornwell, sophomore Thomas Loftus and junior infielder Andrew Burke each hit a double for the Cardinals.
Sophomore pitcher Ian Janssen was the starter for SVSU, tossing two no-hit innings.
Freshman pitcher Hunter Merillat pitched two innings in relief and was awarded the win. SVSU traveled to Lakeland, Florida, for its next two games.
In their first game on May 5, the Cardinals defeated Trinity Baptist 11-3. Statistics from this game are not yet reported.
In the second game, SVSU faced the number one ranked NAIA team, Southeastern (FLA), who is 21-1.
Cardinal hitters were not able to do much all game as they were held to three total hits and zero runs scored in the game.
On defense, SVSU was able to hold Southeastern off the board until the third inning but allowed at least two runs every inning between the third and seventh.
Janssen pitched five innings and took the loss after allowing seven runs.
Freshman infielder Hayden Jatczak, freshman outfielder Jaccar Watkins and Burke each got a hit for SVSU in the game.
In its fourth game of the season against Dordt, SVSU was able to jump out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
After a run for each team in the fourth inning, Dordt was able to score four in the seventh to take the lead.
Saginaw Valley scored in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings, but two runs in the tenth helped Dordt close the door on the Cardinals.
Sophomore Martin Money had three hits in the game for SVSU.
Jatczak, sophomore catcher Todd Paperd and freshman infielder Connor McClennen had RBI’s for the Cardinals.
Freshman Christopher Schmees gave up one run in his start for SVSU, and Senior Kyle Henigan was the losing pitcher.
SVSU’s last two games of its Florida trip were canceled. One was scheduled to be against Thomas University from Georgia and the other was against Bethel University from Minnesota.
Saginaw Valley’s game against Lawrence Tech on March 21 was also postponed.
Saginaw currently sits at 2-2 on the season as it heads back from Florida to start the in- conference season.
SVSU will play its next game on March 26 against Ashland.
This will be the first game of a four game set, and the first GLIAC games of the season for the Cardinals.
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