FRANKLIN, Wisconsin – Junior Sam Crawford allowed just one run over 8.0 innings in game one and senior Jimmy Carrington hit two home runs in game two as the MSOE baseball team split a doubleheader with Marian Thursday afternoon at The Rock Complex.
The Raiders (13-12, 5-3 NACC) took the opener 4-2 before the Sabres' (7-13, 3-3 NACC) bats awoke for a 15-4 victory in game two.
Crawford (2-3) scattered six hits and a pair of walks in his start, striking out eight in the process. Sophomore Justin Celeski came on to pitch the ninth inning to collect his second save.
Crawford was in control throughout the game. He induced inning-ending double plays in each of the first two innings and, after Marian scored in the third, he did not allow a runner past second over the final five innings. In the sixth, he got into a bit of trouble with a lead-off double and a walk. He came back to send down the next three hitters via strikeout, flyout to shallow right field, and another K.
The visitors leveled the score at 1-1 in the third inning before a three-run fourth inning propelled the Raiders ahead for good. Gross walked, senior Owen Burnikel doubled, and senior Max Kemp walked to load the bases. Sophomore Joe Gilpin drove in the first run on a fielder's choice. Two batters later, Carrington hit a two-run double for a 4-1 lead.
Marian pulled one run back in the ninth inning and put the tying run on first base. Celeski escaped the jam with a ground ball back to the mound and locked down the win.
Carrington and Sonn had two hits each in the game.
In game two, the first five hitters of the game singled as Marian pushed across three runs in the first inning. It looked as though the Raiders would get right back in it as senior Ryan Newman pulled a home run to left on the first pitch of the bottom of the first inning. Then, two pitches later, Carrington blasted his first of the game to make it 3-2.
The offense kept hitting for the visitors, as they struck for three 2-out runs in the second inning to blow the game open. They added another single run in the fifth before Carrington hit another home run in the sixth inning to make it a 7-3.
Marian put together back-to-back four-run innings in the seventh and eighth innings to secure the victory. Gross hit a sacrifice fly in the final at-bat for the Red & White to cap the scoring.
Six different Raiders took the mound in game two, highlighted by a gritty 5.0-inning performance by freshman Mason LeBreck. He allowed three runs in the game, striking out a pair.