The Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) baseball team kicked off the start of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) with a double win on April 1.
The team headed to Grand Rapids to face the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in a double-header, and the first game began with junior Tyler McLaren starting.
The Rangers scored first in the top of the first inning; the bases were loaded due to two walks and a single, then a sacrifice fly was made.
The Cardinals then took its turn for offense in the bottom of the first and quickly loaded the bases. With the bases loaded, sophomore Reed Raymond hit a grand slam—the second one of the season. This allowed for a 4-1 lead for the Cardinals.
The second inning had only one run from the Cardinals, but Parkside came back with two runs in the third.
The Cardinals made four runs in the fourth. Junior Jeffrey Reseigh hit a single followed by two back-to-back bunts from junior Brandon Scheurer and junior Logan Welch. A sacrifice fly allowed senior Tucker Roe to score, and then junior Colin Cornwell hit a singe. A double from senior Martin Money sent two more home, leaving the inning with a lead of 9-3.
Another run was added in the fifth and two in the sixth.
By the seventh, the pitcher for the Rangers was replaced by another player who closed out the game, 12-6.
The first inning of the second game ended with a tie of 1-1. Sophomore Austin Schweiger hit a single then made it to third due to sophomore Reed Raymond’s bunt single. The Rangers scored after a walk and a double.
The next run was earned in the sixth inning by SVSU with two doubles from Schweiger and Raymond and a single from freshman Connor Cornwell putting them in the lead 3-1. Parkside then made another run in the bottom of the sixth.
Three runs from SVSU were added in the eighth. On an error, Scheurer reached first then stole second. Welch was walked shortly after. Junior Jaccar Watkins then hit a triple sending both to home. Watkins eventually scored making SVSU’s lead larger at 6-2.
The game ended in the ninth inning, with the Cardinals solidifying a 6-2 victory.