Baseball takes two wins against Maryville


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Taylor Field is congratulated by a teammate after completing a full run against Minnesota State University Mankato last season.

Maurice Hudson, Sports Reporter

The Winona State University baseball team looked to boost their overall record with the series against the Maryville University Saints this past weekend.

“The Pitt State series was the first time we were on a baseball field since the fall. Given that challenge, we produced two very well played games,” junior pitcher Tanner Haessly said. “I think to come out of the weekend with zero errors as a team is very impressive for our first time outdoors. Unfortunately, we dropped the first game but we were able to bounce back and control the second game. There’s a lot of positives that we can take away from that game moving forward.”

Haessly explained to the Winonan where the team’s mentality is going into the weekend series.

“Our team is going into this weekend feeling very good about where we’re at. We have a very confident team and we are expecting to come out of the weekend with a series win,” Haessly said.

Friday contained a doubleheader, with the first game at 1 p.m. and the second game at 4 p.m. at Maryville University and a final game Saturday at noon.

The first game of the doubleheader action featured a ninth inning thriller win for Winona State, who came out on top 10-7.

The Maryville Saints started rolling early giving them a 7-2 lead at the end of the fourth inning. The top of the fifth inning Winona State started to get their groove back, scoring eight unanswered runs to end out the game.

The barrage of runs started with a homerun in the fifth by sophomore infielder Tanner Williams.

First-year outfielder Mitchell Seager scored and sophomore infielder Zac Stange doubled to left field bringing sophomore pitcher Nathan Loomis in for the score bringing the score to 5-7.

Winona State took over the game in the ninth inning bringing in five total runs to end the game 10-7 against the Saints.

The second game of the doubleheader action from Friday ended with the Warriors grabbing another victory ending the day with a 2-0 record.

In the third inning, Loomis scored and junior first basemen Sam Kohnle flew out to right field, giving up a sacrifice fly and letting sophomore infielder Zac Stange score an unearned run.

In the fourth, sophomore infielder Zac Stange collected two RBIs up the middle, giving scores to first-year outfielder Mitchell Seager and first-year catcher Kyle Kosobucki to make it 4-0 going into the fifth.

Maryville was able to scrape up two runs on four hits in the later in the inning, but it was not enough compared to Winona State’s four runs.

The noon game on Saturday went a little different from the Warriors.

Maryville came out through the first two inning giving them a 3-2 lead over the Warriors.

Keeping the same intensity within the fifth inning, the Saints extended the lead to 4-2, giving them their first and only win throughout the series.

The Warriors will return to action in the Russmatt Florida Invitational starting on Thursday, March 7 at 1:30 p.m.