Baseball’s 15-Game Win Streak Snapped
The College of St. Scholastica baseball team had a pair of games this past weekend. They played at home against the Martin Luther College Knights, and then traveled to Saint John’s University to play a non-conference game against the Johnnies.
The first game was a doubleheader against the Knights. Game one was all in favor of the Saints. After a slow first inning, the Saints turned on the burners in the second inning. Sophomore Riley Bernsdorf started things off with a walk. After stealing second, he was brought in by a single from senior Trevor Bernsdorf. A single from junior Drew Colvard brought in the second run of the inning. A triple from freshman Joey Zwak, a double from senior Tyler Duex, and a single from sophomore Conor Wollenzien scored three more runs to finish the inning with the Saints leading 5-0. The next chunk of scoring for the Saints came in the fourth inning. After three straight errors from the Knights scored a run for the Saints, runners were in position for a 2-RBI double from Wollenzien. Two more runs were then scored on a single from freshman Aaron Weber. The last run of the inning came off of a wild pitch. The Saints finished the inning with an 11-0 lead. One more run in the 6th finished off the Saints scoring in game one as they went on to win 12-0.
Game two went very similar to game one as the first inning was quiet and the scoring started in the second inning yet again. R. Bernsdorf scored off an infield hit from senior Michael Grove. T. Bernsdorf scored on a wild pitch and Colvard scored off a Duex single to put the Saints up 3-0. Three more runs in the third moved the score to 6-0. The Saints scored a run in the fourth and in the sixth, while adding two in the seventh to give them a 10-0 win. They moved to 10-0 in conference play with three conference games remaining.
In between the two games against the Knights, Scholastica honored their seniors for senior day.
“It’s always important for us to win conference games,” said senior Martin Alcoverde. “But for us to win on senior day is even more important.”
The next day the Saints traveled to Saint John’s for a matchup with the Johnnies. After a couple of scoreless innings the Johnnies scored first with a three-run third inning. A two-run fourth inning put the Saints in a 5-0 hole. The Saints were able to score in the eighth off of a sacrifice fly from Duex, but the Johnnies answered to put the score at 6-1 going into the 9th. Three straight walks in the ninth set up a 2-RBI double from sophomore Tim Munn. Later, Riley Bernsdorf scored off of a Zwak fielder’s choice. The Saints rallied for three runs but it wasn’t enough as they fell 6-4 to the Johnnies.
The Saints record now sits at 21-7 and they have a doubleheader against the Eagles from the University of Northwestern this weekend. CSS has a tough remaining schedule as they have games schedule against UW-Stevens Point, Carleton, and St. Thomas. The Saints feel like they can win those games and can do some damage come playoffs.
“I feel that we should win all the remainder of games that are left on our schedule.” said Alcoverde. “This is the most talented team in years and we are in a very good position to leave our legacy, win a regional championship, and make a run at the national championship.”