Oles earn split with Johnnies in nine-inning thriller
April 13, 2014
COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. - The St. Olaf baseball team salvaged a split against Saint John's University with a 4-3 victory in a thrilling second game in nine innings at Saint John's Field Sunday afternoon in a MIAC doubleheader. The Johnnies took the first game 7-0.
Game One: St. John's 7, St. Olaf 0
An early offensive burst and solid pitching gave St. John's a 7-0 victory in the opening game.
The Johnnies strung together five hits for five runs to jump to an early lead in the second inning. Logan Hershey knocked a two-RBI double to add to a pair of RBI singles and a sacrifice RBI in the frame.
St. John's added two more runs in the sixth to pad their lead, which was protected by a strong game by pitcher Patrick Strey. Strey threw a complete game, giving up only four hits and striking out three.
The Johnnies rattled off 13 hits as they received production throughout their lineup. Five different starters each tallied two hits for St. John's.
Jack Schechinger went 2-for-3 at the plate for St. Olaf.
Game Two: St. Olaf 4, St. John's 3 (Nine innings)
St. Olaf received a gem from one of their pitchers in the second game, as Nate Gelle worked overtime as the Oles defeated the Johnnie's 4-3 in nine innings.
Gelle tossed nine complete innings for his fourth win of the season, scattering seven hits and three earned runs, walking two and striking out one. After St. Olaf took the lead at the top of the ninth, Gelle pitched through the minimum to clinch the win and the split.
The Oles finally broke through after three innings of scoreless baseball when Schechinger reached base on a walk, which brought Chris Paradise home for the winning run.
After a three-run fourth inning gave St. John's a 3-1 lead, St. Olaf responded with two runs off of two hits in the top of the fifth to tie the game. Both scores came unearned as the Johnnies committed a pair of errors in the frame.
The Oles struck first on a Nick Kulla RBI single in the third inning. Kulla went 3-for-5 at the plate.
St. John's starting pitcher Derek Graves had a strong outing, lasting seven innings giving up four hits and one earned run, throwing four strikeouts. Jack Hamilton picks up the loss in relief.
The Oles (6-2 MIAC, 15-9 overall) return home on Tuesday when the host Gustavus for a pair starting at 2:30 p.m. CT.