Knights baseball, softball notch series sweeps

By Logan Martinez - [email protected]

Tyler Radcliff

DENMARK, S.C. — The St. Andrews University baseball team extended its win streak to seven games Wednesday after completing a series sweep of Voorhees College (S.C.).

The Knights cruised to a pair of victories during the two-game set, winning the opening contest 9-1, then taking game two 8-0.

In game one, St. Andrews (19-13) notched 13 hits while holding Voorhees scoreless until the seventh inning. The Knights jumped to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning and cruised the rest of the way.

Tyler Radcliff paced the Knights with a trio of hits and an RBI while Rancel Rosado and Matt Malik each tallied a pair of hits and two RBIs respectively.

Starting pitcher Mark McEntee pitched six scoreless innings and allowed just four hits while striking out six Tigers.

Voorhees (8-12) managed only six hits and committed three defensive errors.

Justin Watts notched the lone RBI for the Tigers. Angel Guerrero took the loss, pitching four innings and allowing three runs.

In the second game, St. Andrews once again took an early 1-0 advantage before blowing the contest open with seven combined runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

Pitcher Michael Wright came away with the victory after tossing three innings of one-hit ball while striking out three batters. St. Andrews’ three pitchers combined to allow two hits.

Radcliff continued his strong performance from earlier in the day, knocking in three RBIs, and Kyle Schade also plated three runs. Mikey Morgan was a perfect 3-for-3 in the game as well.

Chris Zurcher picked up the loss for the Tigers, allowing six runs, five earned, in 5 1/3 innings.

Softball picks apart Bluefield

BLUEFIELD, Va. — The St. Andrews softball squad began Wednesday’s doubleheader against Bluefield College (Va.) with one Appalachian Athletic Conference victory, but the Knights tripled that total by the end of the afternoon.

St. Andrews (8-25, 3-9) rolled to a pair of victories over the host Rams, winning game one 5-0, then 6-2 in game two.

Bluefield (11-21, 1-13) never led during the two-game set as the Knights grabbed early leads in both contests. Hawley Ill pitched a complete-game shutout, allowing just four hits while recording nine strikeouts.

Eight different batters had at least one hit, and Kori Ballard led the way with two hits, two runs and an RBI. Rachel Swartwood chipped in a hit and two RBIs.

In the second game, the Knights extended their lead to 5-0 through five innings, and although the Rams closed the gap with two runs in the sixth, St. Andrews added a run in the seventh to stay comfortably ahead.

Ill won her second decision of the afternoon in relief, pitching two innings and allowing one hit. Ill also got the job done at the plate with a pair of hits.

Sam Lowder paced the St. Andrews offense with three hits, an RBI and a run scored.

Logan Martinez can be reached at 910-506-3170. Follow him on Twitter @L_Martinez13.

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