Rocky Mount, NC- The St. Andrews University baseball team took on the Battling Bishops of NC Wesleyan in an away doubleheader Tuesday afternoon and came away with a doubleheader split which included a 13 inning marathon loss and a shortened 6 inning win.
The Knights and bishops were scoreless for the first 6 innings as SAU starter Max Everingham traded zeros with NCWC starter Robert Mondoux until the third inning when senior left fielder Matt McCue crushed a home run to give SAU a short-lived 1-0 lead. NCWC would then rally for one run in the bottom of the 7th as Brad Guengerich drove in the tying run.
However, after 5 more scoreless innings thrown by juniors Joe McCarty and Everingham (3.40 ERA), sophomore Michael Durig was then summoned, but ended up giving up the winning run in the 13th inning on a bang-bang play at first base which scored the winning run from third base.
NC Wesleyan was led by Guengerich who went 4 for 6 as part of the 12 hit attack for the Bishops while Monduox was able to throw 10 innings only giving up 4 hits and 1 run.
St. Andrews was led by Tyler Jordan's 2-hit day and McCue's homer run while Kortell Nixon crushed a double. McCarty and Everingham also had 4 strikeouts apiece.
SAU was then able to finish on top in game 2 as they triumphed 4-3 in shortened 6 inning affair.
The Knights struck first with a run in the third before giving up 2 more in the bottom half. However, SAU would rally in the fifth with a three run inning led by 2 RBIs from Matthew Beauchemin who also started the game at pitcher and threw 3 innings only giving up one earned run. Durig would come up next and drive in the third run of the inning to give SAU a 4-2 lead going into the 6th where Matt McCue would come in to close the game.
Freshman reliever Kyle McCauley had pitched 2 scoreless innings prior to exiting, but gave up an unearned run in the 6th before McCue came in to get all 3 outs including 2 strikeouts to log his second save of the year. The game was called due to darkness. McCauley gets the win in game 2 improving to 1-0 with a team-leading ERA of 1.54 while Durig got the loss in game 1 falling to 0-1.
Beauchemin led the Knights with 2 hits in game 2 but his 0 for 5 effort in game 1 ended his hitting streak at nine games. He is still hitting, however, at a robust .379 on the year and leading with 23 RBIs.
SAU improves to 16-13 with the split while NCWC falls to 15-18 on the season.
St. Andrews will next return home Easter weekend to host conference opponent Reinhardt University (16-16, 5-4) on Friday at 12 pm in a doubleheader.