Pittsburgh - After Mother Nature washed out the second half of Wheeling Jesuit Baseball's spring trip, the Cardinals (5-2) opened up north with two victories against Point Park University (4-7) on Wednesday by scores of 9-4 and 14-0.
In Game 1, senior Noah Mull made his second appearance of the season and for the second time he didn't disappoint. The southpaw fanned 11 hitters from Point Park, bringing his season strikeout total to 22 in 12 innings pitched. Average that out and it equals 16.5 strikeouts per nine innings. Keep in mind he has only walked four batters.
The Cardinal bats came alive, putting a three spot up in the top of the first. Mark Linkinoggor led off getting hit by a pitch, stole second, and after a couple of Point Park errors scored on a two-run double by Andrew Nemecek. Nemecek finishsed going 3-for-4 with three RBI and a double.
The scoring continued in the top of the third when Mike Ludewig, Nemecek, Dominic San Felippo, Corey Wickham, and Jordan Kraus combined for five straight singles and four runs, bringing the score to 5-0 in favor of the Cards. Jesuit never looked back behind Mull and came through with a 9-4 decision.
In Game 2, the Cardinals hit parade continued with 12 different players combining for 18 hits and 14 runs, while Matt Taylor, Tim Giebel, and Zack Moody held the Poineers scoreless in a combined seven-inning shutout.
Wheeling scored in five of the seven innings led by San Felippo going 4 of 5 with two doubles and four RBI. On the day, San Felippo amassed seven hits with four doubles and five RBI. Ludewig, along with Robbie Davia and Tom Charles, chipped in two hits each as Davia drove in three Cardinals runners. Mark Gira added a two-run single and Nick Briski doubled in their first collegiate at-bats.
Bison Baseball 4-0
FT. PIERCE, Fla. - The Bethany College baseball team improved to 4-0 with two more victories as it defeated Earlham 6-4 and held on for an 8-7 triumph against Manhattanville.
In the opening game, the Bison jumped in front with a run in the first. Junior Tyler Dillinger started a big day by walking, taking third on a single by Ryan Owens and scoring on a base hit by Nate Tieman.
Earlham came back to tie the game with a sacrifice fly in the third inning, but Bethany moved back on top in the fourth with some two-out lightning. Dillinger dropped a double down the left-field line and raced home when Owens rolled a single through the right side for a 2-1 advantage.
Another Quaker sacrifice fly tied the score in the sixth, but Bethany grabbed control in the last of the seventh. Junior Eric Fudala slapped a bases-loaded single through the right side to bring home a pair, and another run came across when Earlham committed an error on a ball hit by junior Mike Pegg.
In Game 2, Bethany fell behind 1-0 in the top of the first but scored the next five runs. In the first, Kubis belted an RBI double and Tieman drove in one with a single. The lead increased to 3-1 in the third on a double-play grounder, and in the fourth Dillinger brought in one with a ground out and Kubis hit a sacrifice fly to swell the cushion to 5-1.