LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews University baseball team swept visiting Voorhees College (S.C.) in a Wednesday doubleheader, taking game one 6-5 before rolling to 13-4 victory in game two.
St. Andrews (10-3) jumped out to quick 3-0 lead after the first two innings as Rancel Rosado notched an RBI double and Jeremy McDowell added an RBI single. However, Voorhees responded to score a pair of runs in the third and fourth innings off St. Andrews relievers Jordan DeBerry and Landon Kincaid to take a 4-3 lead.
Voorhees (6-7) increased its advanced to 5-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh, but St. Andrews mounted its rally as Tyler Radcliff led with a single, then Kyle Schade and Rosado followed with a pair of walks to load the bases.
After a sacrifice fly from senior catcher Matt Malik trimmed the Voorhees lead to 5-4, McDowell stepped up and roped a game-tying single up the middle. Then, Terrence Jackson smacked a single to plate the game-winning run.
Reliever Evan Tucker picked up his third win of the season, pitching a perfect seventh inning while fellow relievers Holden Drake and McDowell also tossed scoreless frames.
St. Andrews cruised to 13-4 victory in the second game of the doubleheader as the offense erupted for 12 hits.
The Knights struck first with two runs through the first three innings that were a result of Voorhees errors and a wild pitch. Rosado, who is batting .468 this season, recorded a triple that set up St. Andrews’ second run.
Voorhees eventually got to St. Andrews starting pitcher Mark McEntee, tallying two runs in the fourth inning after he pitched three scoreless frames to start the contest.
The Knights erupted in the bottom of the fourth, however, recording seven runs in the inning to put the game quickly out of reach. Some of the big hits in the inning included a two-run single from catcher Hunter Hackney, a perfectly executed suicide squeeze from Matt Polak off a Casey Smith bunt, a Rosado RBI double and a two-run triple from McDowell.
A sacrifice fly from Radcliff and a Schade RBI single increased the Knights’ lead to 11-4 through five innings, and Jackson and Hackney drove in a pair of runs with singles in the sixth.
McEntee picked up his first win of the season, pitching four innings with three strikeouts while pitchers Aaron Ayers, Gabriel Gonzalez and Dennis Keane all threw scoreless innings in relief.
St. Andrews returns to the diamond Friday when it hosts Tennessee Wesleyan in its Appalachian Athletic Conference opener at noon.