TUCSON, Ariz. - Marian University baseball (1-2, 0-0 NACC) was defeated 20-9 by Simpson to open a non-conference doubleheader before salvaging a split in the finale with a 5-2 win.
The Sabre pitching staff struggled in the opener allowing a combined 19 hits to go with 11 walks. Freshman Noah Imrie (0-1) took the loss in his first appearance as a Sabre, while freshman Colin Tate also got his first taste of college baseball going the final 1.2 innings allowing no runs with three strikeouts.
The Storm jumped out to a 4-0 lead to open the game in the top of the first but Marian answered with five runs in the second. Junior Travis Slywka drove in sophomore Nick Bastien before senior Jordan Walker had a bases clearing triple to right center that brought in senior Hunter Berry, freshman Josh Gates and Slywka. Sophomore Tim Dziergas closed out the rally with an RBI single to bring in Walker.
From there, however, it was all Simpson as the Storm retook the lead for good in the top of the third. Sophomore Aaron Schauer drove in Gates in the bottom of the third to close out the scoring for Marian.
The top three batters of the Marian lineup drove in five of the six runs with Walker and Dziergas each recording multi-hit games.
The night cap of the twin bill would be much different, however, as the duo of freshman Garrett Martin and Dziergas held the Storm to only two runs and seven hits with 10 punch outs. Martin (1-0) in the victory in his first appearance battling back to strikeout six over 5.0 innings. Dziergas then shut the door on Simpson with two innings of scoreless ball for his first save with four strikeouts.
The Sabres got things going early in the top half of the first inning with junior Jake Falish and Dziergas each driving in a run for an early 2-0 lead. The Storm answered in the bottom half to tie the game but were shut down the rest of the way.
Bastien led off the third by being hit by a pitch and immediately stole second base before freshman Nick Dugandzic drove him in with a two-out single to give Marian the lead for good. Freshman Sean Meyer came around to score in the top of the fourth after freshman Anthony Sottile brought him in to put the score at 4-2. Sottile then blasted a triple into right field to score Meyer again and close out the scoring for the game.
The top five spots of the Sabre lineup each had a hit in the win with Falish and Dugandzic each recording two hits.
Marian takes on Salem State Saturday, March 10 for a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m. (CST) from Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium.