Marian baseball earns big road sweep at Aurora

Jordan Walker takes his lead from second.

MONTGOMERY, Ill. - Marian University baseball (11-13, 7-3 NACC) earned a big road sweep of Aurora defeating the Spartans 6-1 and 7-3.

The Sabres opened the scoring for the opening game in the third inning when senior Jordan Walker drove in sophomore Nick Bastien, which was immediately followed by an RBI single from junior Matt Nordlund that pated senior Hunter Berry

Marian then put up a crooked number scoring four runs in the fifth inning.  Falish opened the inning with a bases-loaded single that plated a pair before a double from junior Travis Slywka brought in senior Michael Pappas.  Falish later scored in the inning off of an error as Marian jumped ahead 6-0.

This proved to be plenty of run support for junior Ty Peccioli (3-0) who went 8.0 innings only allowing one run in the sixth inning.  Peccioli would only allow six hits in the victory and struck out 12 Spartans.  Freshman Logan Bosquez closed out the game striking out a pair and only allowing one hit in the ninth.

Offensively, Nordlund led the way going 3-5 with a run driven in, while Falish and Walker each had multi-hit games.

In the night cap of the twin bill, the Sabres needed a rally late but were able to secure the road sweep.  Nordlund stayed hot at the dish driving in Berry in the first inning but this lead wouldn't last long as the Spartans tied the game in the fourth and took their first lead of the day in the sixth.

The Spartan lead also wouldn't last long as Berry would hit a two-run homer to left field in the next half inning as the Sabres retook the lead.  Aurora made this lead also didn't last as they immediately tied the game in the next half inning at 3-3.

The Sabres were then able to break the game open in the eighth inning plating four runs and took the lead for good.  All of the damage in the inning came with two outs as Bastien singled up the middle to plate freshman Sean Meyer and Falish.  Walker then drove a triple to right field two batters later to plate Bastien and Berry and put Marian ahead 7-3.  The MU bullpen was able to record the final six outs of the game without allowing a hit to secure the sweep.

Sophomore Tim Dziergas (2-0) earned the win throwing the final 3.0 innings striking out three and scattering three hits.  Freshman Garrett Martin had a strong start for the Sabres throwing 6.0 innings only allowing seven hits and a pair of runs.

Bastien was the lone Sabre with a multi-hit game going 2-2 with two runs scored and two driven in but Berry managed to reach base four times going 1-2 with three runs scored, a walk and a hit by pitch.

Marian closes out the weekend at Rockford tomorrow, Sunday, April 22, for a noon NACC doubleheader.  The Sabres will be designated as the home team in both games.