SYLVANNIA, Ohio. – The Mount Vernon Nazarene University baseball team (23-10, 16-4) defeated Lourdes University (20-10, 5-3) in a doubleheader by scores of 12-3 and 7-1 on Tuesday, April 5.
The Cougars came out firing on all cylinders, scoring runs in five of the seven-innings of play. MVNU scored two runs in the top of the first with RBIs from Casey Kalman and Devin Pearl. It then scored five runs in the top of the third to take complete control of the game. Kalman walked to score a run, Pearl tripled in three runs, and Cameron Miller hit a sac-fly to score Pearl. Lourdes was able to scratch one run across in the bottom of the third, but MVNU responded with five unanswered runs. The Gray Wolves did score two runs in the bottom of the seventh, but it was not enough to stop the Cougars from claiming game one 12-3.
Nathan Meikle got the win on the mound, going six-innings, allowing only two hits and one earned run.
Game two was much of the same for the Cougars. The offense got rolling early and the defense played well to keep MVNU in control. Damien Kandel hit an RBI-double in the second-inning for MVNU. Jake Glover and Kalman each had an RBI in the third-inning to put the Cougars up 3-0. The Gray Wolves were finally able to get a run across in the fourth, but the Cougars responded by scoring four more runs. Glover had a two-run double that was followed by RBI-singles from Hunter Billman and Zackary Hoop.
Austin Brown went five and a third innings on the mound for the Cougars. He allowed five hits and no earned runs while striking out five hitters in the 7-1 win.
Saint Francis will be in town this weekend, April 8-9 as both Cougar teams will look to take the upper hand in the series. Game one on Friday is set for 2:00pm at Cougar Field.
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.