The Mercyhurst North East Saints baseball team swept day one of their four-game set against Clark State on Saturday. Good pitching and timely hitting led the Saints to a 10-4 victory in game one. Then in game two, the bats came alive as the Saints won 35-6.
Saints starter Jack Tumulty shook off some early struggles to settle in nicely to throw a complete game and get the win and improve to 3-1 on the year. Through seven innings, he scattered eight hits, to go along with four runs, all earned, while striking out 11 batters.
Offensively for the Saints, sophomore Jason Swope hit a two-run homerun in the first inning to get the Saints on the board early. Luke Baranchak had to two hits, with a homerun, while Eric Fermier also had two hits for the Saints. Freshman Aaron Pawlak had three hits in the victory.
In the nightcap, the Saints bats exploded for 35 runs on 31 hits. In the first inning, 18 Saints batters came to bat, which plated 12 runs. Steven Adamson got the win for the Saints throwing one inning in relief, striking out two. Sophomore Michael Nuzzo started on the mound for the Saints, throwing three innings, giving up six hits with four runs, three earned.
Offensively, Luke Baranchak went 5-6 with three doubles and five RBI's. Freshman Robert Korff hit a grand slam for the Saints to go along with three hits, while Tyler Cannon, Logan Eckles, and Brandon Scheidemantle each had three hits. Aaron Pawlak and JoVan McClatchey each tallied two hits.
The Saints return to action on Saturday as they resume their series with Clark State. Game one is set to begin at 11 AM, with game two directly following.