RALSTON, NE (PCSaints.com) – The Presentation College Saints’ baseball team got back in the winning column as they swept the first day of the two-day doubleheader with the Trojans of Dakota State University earlier today. The Saints used a big ten-run eighth innings to earn them the 19-2 victory in game one and held on for a 4-3 victory in the final game of the day. With the day-one sweep, the Saints improve to 16-15 and 8-6 in North Star play.
Game One: Presentation College 19, Dakota State University 2 – 8 Innings
Two pitches in to start the game and the score was already in favor of the Saints as leadoff hitter, Jesse Spangler (SR/Holbrook, AZ), connected for his sixth homerun of the season to give the Saints the 1-0 lead after one inning of play. The Saints extended their lead up to six after homeruns by Kyle Showalter (JR/Norco, CA), Jace Wyatt (SR/Show Low, AZ), and Johnny Radomskiy (JR/Chino Hills, CA) in the following two innings. Showalter blasted his two-RBI homerun over the left field fence for his first collegiate homerun of his career.
In the bottom of the third, the Trojans got on the board after DSU’s Hoeke groundouts to shortstop Angel Faras (SO/Tuscon, AZ) to bring home Jackovich – who led off the inning with a double to right field. After a scoreless fourth inning for both teams, the Saints continued to pour in the runs in the next two innings. After back-to-back singles by Kyle Angielski (SO/Regina, SK, CAN) and Anthony Guzman (SR/Hanford, CA), Johnny Radomskiy drew a six-pitch walk to load the bases for Showalter. On a 2-0 count, Showalter racked in his fourth RBI of the game after a 2RBI single to left field to bring home Angielski and Guzman for the 8-1 advantage.
The biggest moment of the game came in the eighth inning as the Saints put up ten runs to push their lead up to 18. The inning started with a leadoff walk by Jesse Spangler and followed with a double by Zane Hunt (JR/San Tan Valley, AZ) to bring around Spangler for the score. After a hit-by-pitch by Jace Wyatt and a walk by Kyle Angielski, to load the bases, Anthony Guzman hit an RBI single to right field to extend the Saints’ lead to 11-1. In what seemed like the perfect moment, Johnny Radomskiy blasted his second homerun of the day – this time over the centerfield fence for his first grand slam of the season. The Saints continued to battle as they scattered in four more runs in the inning to put away the Trojans in mercy run-rule fashion.
Chris D’Amico (JR/Grants Pass, OR) (3-2) earned his third win of the season as he allowed nine hits and two runs over the full eight innings. D’Amico let up zero walks and struck out four Trojans in the win.
Game Two: Presentation College 4, Dakota State University 3
Despite seeing their four-run lead whittled down by the end of the game, the Saints held on for their 16th win of the season and the day-one sweep of the Trojans. The Saints started their scoring in the second inning as Johnny Radomskiy homered for the third time of the day to give the Saints the early 1-0 lead. The Saints doubled their lead up to two after an RBI single by Jace Wyatt to score Jesse Spangler in the third inning.
After a scoreless fourth inning for both teams, the Saints scored two more runs off the bat of Gilbert Aguilar (FR/Tucson, AZ ) and a wild pitch by Dakota State to push the Saints’ lead to four. Dakota State battled back at the plate – scoring three runs in the final three innings in what looked like a come from behind win. However, Austin Crain (JR/Duarte, CA) entered the game on the mound for the Saints to shut down the Trojan defense and earn the Saints the 4-3 victory.
Colin Crandall (JR/Littlerock, CA) (4-2) secured his fourth win of the year as he surrendered one run (0ER) off five hits in five innings of work. CJ Canfield (JR/Rochester, WA) and Austin Crain pitched the final two innings in relief, while Crain earned his first save of the year.
Up Next –
The Saints and Trojans square off with another NSAA doubleheader starting tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. in Ralston, Nebraska. Live stats and video will be available for fans to follow along for both games.