The SVSU baseball team fell to Madonna University, 5-2, at home on March 21 while sweeping a doubleheader on Friday at Purdue Northwest.
Monday’s game against Madonna saw JJ Arbini pitch for four innings, allowing two hits, two runs and striking out one. Kameron Marnon took the loss on the mound after relieving Arbini.
A single by Todd Paperd in the first scored Hayden Jatczak to put the Cardinals on the board.
Madonna scored runs in the second and fourth innings, giving the Crusaders a 2-1 lead.
The fifth inning brought further success for the opposing team with three runs taking Madonna to a 5-1 lead over the Cardinals.
A fielder’s choice allowed for Martin Money to score Reed Raymond in the fifth, but it was not enough to catch up to the Crusaders’ lead.
Friday’s doubleheader began with Kendall Anthes pitching 3.2 innings in game one, allowing three runs and striking out one.
Anthes was relieved by Hunter Merillat, who pitched 2.1 innings with two strikeouts to earn the win on the mound.
After two runs by Purdue in the first, a single by Tucker Roe scored Paperd to get things started for the Cardinals.
An RBI single from Purdue in the third extended its lead to 3-1, but SVSU answered with a single down the left field line by Jaccar Watkins to score Roe and Austin Schweiger, tying the game.
An error by Purdue in the top of the fifth allowed for Jatczak to score, putting the Cardinals in the lead.
The Pride came back to take a 5-4 lead following runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
In the seventh, Money doubled to score Jatczak and later continued home after an RBI groundout by Roe.
Raymond closed the game on the mound, earning his second save of the season and ensuring a 6-5 Cardinal victory.
Friday’s second game was suspended in the third due to inclement weather, but that did not deter the Cardinals from taking the win once the game resumed.
Arbini started on the mound for 2.2 innings, allowing three runs on five hits and striking out two. Steven Hecht earned the win in relief, allowing nine hits, seven runs and striking out six.
SVSU started off strong in the third, earning five runs in quick succession. Paperd scored McClennan, a sacrifice fly by Roe scored Jatczak and Jeffrey Reseigh singled to score Money. A single by Andrew Burke scored Paperd and an error by Purdue allowed Raymond to score Reseigh.
The bottom of the inning brought three runs by Purdue, taking it to 5-3 SVSU.
In the fourth, a triple by Roe scored Paperd and Money while a sacrifice fly by Schweiger scored Roe, extending the Cardinals’ lead to 8-4.
Purdue scored an unearned run in the fourth bringing it to 8-4 SVSU.
In the fifth, a single by Paperd scored Jatczak, a Purdue error allowed Roe to score Money, and Schweiger scored Paperd on another unearned run.
The Cardinals added two runs to their lead in the sixth when Jatczak scored Burke and was later scored by Money, taking it to 13-4 SVSU.
Purdue made an impressive comeback in the seventh with three singles and two doubles totaling in six runs to trail the Cardinals 13-11.
A fielder’s choice in the eighth allowed for Purdue to score another run leaving them just behind SVSU at 13-12.
The Cardinals shut out any chance of a Purdue victory in the ninth. A fielder’s choice allowed Raymond to score Roe, a triple by McClennan scored Sweiger and a triple by Jatczak scored McClennan, taking the final score to 17-12, SVSU.
The Cardinals faced Purdue once again on Saturday, but the game was halted in the seventh inning. At the time of writing, the game had not resumed, and the score stood at 13-1, SVSU.
Following the conclusion to Saturday’s game, the Cardinals faced the Pride once more at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, a game for which results had not been published at the time of writing.
The team will host three games this week, competing against Findlay tomorrow at 3:05 p.m., then facing Parkside at 3:05 p.m. on Friday and again on Saturday at 12:35 p.m.
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