Baseball Kicks Off Season in Florida

Shawn Pohlmann
spohlmann@css.edu

Over spring break the College of St. Scholastica baseball team made its annual trip to Florida to start off their season. Throughout the course of the week they played seven different teams and a total of ten games. They left Florida with a 5-5 record.

Their first two games were against the University of Spalding Golden Eagles. Game one didn’t start out the way the Saints had hoped as they gave up three runs in the first inning, and five runs in the second inning to put themselves in an eight-to-nothing hole. The Saints only recorded two hits in the game, and fell in their season opener by a score of 9-0.

The next game against the Golden Eagles took a turn towards the positive side. The Saints tallied seven home runs, three of them coming from senior Tyler Duex, and proceeded to stomp the Golden Eagles in a 20-2 thrashing.

The next day the Saints played against the Cornell College Rams. The Saints trailed the entire game. The score was 8-2 in the top of the ninth when a solo home run from senior Brian Minks fueled a Saints rally, but they still fell short as they lost 8-6.

The Saints’ fourth game was against the Wheaton College Lyons. Senior pitcher Martin Alcoverde pitched the first six innings, allowing only one run and striking out 13 batters. Once he was out of the game, the Lyons were able to score six runs and take the game 8-2.

The next game for the Saints was against the Washington University Saint Louis Bears. The Saints started off slow, trailing 9-0 in the middle of the fourth inning. Junior Steven Neutzling hit a three-run bomb to put the Saints on the board. Yet again, their comeback would come up short, as the Saints fell 10-8.

After a few days off, the Saints played a doubleheader versus the McDaniel College Green Terror. Junior Grant Rindal pitched a complete game shutout in game one and the Saints were able to get back in the win column with a 7-0 win to improve their record to 2-4.

Game two proceeded to be similar to that of game one. The Saints didn’t allow any runs and they racked up another win against McDaniel with a 6-0 victory. Sophomore Conor Wollenzien led the Saints with two hits, one RBI, and one run scored.

The next day the Saints had yet another doubleheader, this time against the nationally ranked Profs from Rowan University. The Saints started out game one with a four-run first inning to give them the lead, thanks in part to a two-run home run from Steven Neutzling and an RBI from senior Michael Grove. They would not score another run for the rest of the game, unfortunately,
and fell 7-4 in game one.

Game two went differently for the Saints. They jumped out to another early four-run lead, but senior pitcher Jacob Dzubay held the Profs at bay by pitching five shutout innings and allowing only two runs in his six innings on the mound. The Profs then began to make a comeback, but this time around the Saints were able to hold them in check to notch a win over No. 21 Rowan University with a score of 6-3.

The last game of the Florida trip for the Saints was against the Webster University Gorloks. Pitcher Martin Alcoverde stole the show for the Saints as he pitched a complete game shutout with 12 strikeouts and only allowed one hit and one walk. The Saints went on to win 3-0, putting them at 5-5 on the season as they look to play their home opener on April 1st.