MOUNT VERNON, Ohio. – The Mount Vernon Nazarene University baseball team (25-12, 18-6) split its doubleheader with the University of Saint Francis Cougars (21-18, 10-13) on Tuesday, April 12 in Mount Vernon. MVNU won game one 10-6 before losing game two by a score of 9-2.
In game one, MVNU got things started in the bottom of the third when Andrew Miller doubled and was driven in on Casey Kalman’s single. Devin Pearl subsequently belted a mammoth, no-doubt about it, homerun to left center to give the hosts a 3-0 lead.
In the top of the fifth, it was Kalman and Pearl again as Kalman led off the bottom half of the inning with a double. Pearl then drove him in on a line drive single up the middle. Fast forward to the sixth and Andrew Miller hit his second double of the game to drive in Zackary Hoop. The bases were then loaded up for Cameron Miller, who doubled to clear the bases, making it 9-0 to MVNU. Hoop singled to drive in Pearl for another insurance run in the eighth.
Jarin Bertke got the start and the win for the Cougars, as the freshman went 5.1 innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits and three walks. The right-hander struck out five batters on the day. Cole Schreck, Austin Brown, and Cruz McFadden pitched the final 3.2 innings and gave up a combined four runs on four hits and three walks. The trio struck out six.
Game two did not start in the hosts’ favor as the visiting Cougars jumped on MVNU for six runs in the first inning. Saint Francis added two in the second and a final insurance run in the fourth to create enough distance between themselves and Mount Vernon.
MVNU’s two runs came in the bottom of the second and the bottom of the seventh innings. In the bottom of the second, Cameron Miller singled to center and was pinch run for by Damien Kandel. After getting to third base, Kandel scored on Toby Walker’s single up the middle. In the seventh, Pearl doubled to score Glover.
Glover took the loss on the mound for the Cougars as the senior went 3.0 innings, giving up eight runs (only four were earned) on seven hits and a walk. Glover struck out one on the afternoon. Nathan Meikle pitched 2.0 innings in relief and gave up one run on two hits and two walks. Noah Gleason and Maxwell Donawa each pitched a scoreless inning in relief and both pitchers struck out a batter.
The Cougars are back in action on Friday, April 15 as they host No. 25 Taylor University for a doubleheader at Cougar Field. The first pitch for game one is scheduled for 2:00pm.
Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 31 states and 22 countries/U.S. territories.