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Saints And Dutchmen Split Double Header

04/18/2012 – The men's baseball team split a non-league doubleheader against Hope College at Fifth Third Ballpark. The pair of games brings the Saints overall record to 18-24, while the Flying Dutch record now sits at 12-16.

In the first game, Hope scored early on Aquinas pitcher, Josh Drake. The Flying Dutchmen put up three runs in four innings on six hits. Michael Penny aided the Saints offense with a lead off double in the bottom half of the fourth. Michael Wood eventually scored Penny with a sacrifice fly to center feild. Relief pitcher, Kevin Schafer, held Hope's offense at bay for the next three innings, but it would not be enough for the Saints. The 3-1 decision ended in Hope's favor.

In the final game of the doubleheader, the Aquinas offense was slow to start, but eventually poured runs on the Dutchmen. The game was scoreless through three innings before the Saints broke the egg in the fourth, scoring three runs. Big hits came from Jimmy McDonagh and Steve Crawford who both had singles to score runners. The fifth inning was much of the same with four more Saints runs. Again Crawford had an RBI single, as did Baranyai and Drain. Hope answered back, taking advantage of an Aquinas throwing error and timely hits to score a single run. Two more runs came for the Saints in the sixth inning before Hope mounted a major comeback. A pair of Saints errors gave life to the Hope offense, who scored six runs in the final inning. Aquinas managed to close the door on the Dutchmen and prevailed with a 9-6 victory. Aquinas' Matt Krzykwa earned the win from the pitcher's mound with help from Vince Misiewicz. Krzykwa gave up only two hits and no runs, while fanning four Hope batters.

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