Baseball Extends Winning Streak

Shawn Pohlmann

Last week the College of St. Scholastica baseball team continued their season with a pair of conference games; the first being against the Rams of North Central University and the second being against the Vikings of Bethany Lutheran College.

The North Central game was scheduled to take place in the cities, but due to weather conditions the game was played in Duluth with Scholastica still being listed as the visiting team.

In game one, the Saints fell into a three-run hole after the first inning. After that inning, the Saints held the Rams scoreless and scored in every inning themselves except for the first and the fourth to take the game by a score of 8-3. The Saints had RBIs from five different players in game one and freshman pitcher Dan Hansen picked up his second win of the season.

Game two went exactly how the Saints wanted it to go. They got things going in the top of the first with a couple of singles from freshman Joey Zwak and sophomore Tim Munn, which put them in position to score the first two runs of the game off a senior Brian Minks double. That started off what would be an onslaught of an inning as the Saints scored 13 runs in the first inning to put themselves in a comfortable position moving forward. As the course of the game went on, the Saints tacked on six more runs to finish the game after seven innings with a score of 19-0.

The next day the Saints traveled to Bethany Lutheran College for a doubleheader against the Vikings. The Saints got things rolling in the second inning of game one by scoring a couple of runs. The first occurred after Munn reached on an error, which allowed Riley Bernsdorf to score. The second run of the inning came off of a sacrifice fly from Zwak to put the score at two to nothing. The Vikings answered with a run of their own in the bottom of third to put the score at 2-1. In the fifth inning, the Saints took the game over. Senior Tyler Duex started things off with a solo home run followed by a Minks single, who would score off of a Conor Wollenzien double. Trevor Bernsdorf then knocked in Wollenzien with a sacrifice fly. Later in the inning, with loaded bases, Zwak hit a two-RBI single to make the score 8-1 after five innings for the Saints. Three more runs in the eighth inning would allow the Saints to pick up the 13-2 win over the Vikings in game one. Grant Rindal moved to 3-0 on the mound. Zwak finished with a season high of three RBIS and Andrew Colvard led the way with three hits.

Game two was a defensive battle as neither team was able to score a run until the 10th inning when Minks hit a solo home run to give the Saints a 1-0 victory. During the game the Saints had 10 hits but they left eight on base. Junior Joe Gonrowski got the win, pitching four-scoreless innings of relief.

The Saints move to 17-6 (6-0 UMAC) and are currently on an 11-game winning streak. Also, they hold an undefeated record while playing at Wade Stadium.

“It’s very important to get off to a great start at home,” said Jacob Dzubay. “We know we have a great advantage paying at Wade and it’s important to get those wins when we’re playing here.”

The Saints hot start to the season is thanks in large part to their offense as everyone has been able to hit the ball, and it seems like the team can score at will.

“We have had a good amount of success this year due to the work guys have put in in the off season,” said Steven Neutzling. “We have adopted new hitting philosophies and it is showing in the spring.”

The Saints will look to continue their success as the season progresses and will look to make a run as the tournament season approaches.

“I think as long as we stay healthy and keep playing our brand of baseball, we will continue to have success,” said Brian Minks. “We have proven that if we play to the best of our abilities, we can play with anyone in the country. I am looking forward to the next couple of weeks and the success that will follow.”

The Saints play at home on Saturday in a conference matchup against the Martin Luther College Knights.