St. Scholastica scored two runs in the top of the first inning but it was all downhill from there as Northwestern scored early and often Friday to down the Saints 17-2 in a seven-inning winners’ bracket game of the double-elimination UMAC Baseball Tournament at Reynolds Field in St. Paul.
Andrew Simonson had three hits, three runs and three RBIs, Philip Wall had three hits, four runs and two RBIs and Keegan Vercoe and Philip Wall hit home runs as the top-seeded Eagles (31-10) collected 16 hits.
Northwestern starter Owen Boerema shook off a rough first inning to pitch five solid innings and Max Barthel pitched the last two to close it out.
Jake Schelonka had two of the Saints’ four hits and an RBI to lead second-seeded CSS (19-8), which plays Bethany Lutheran at 1 p.m. Saturday in an elimination game. Northwestern meets the winner at 4 p.m., with an if-necessary game at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Bethany Lutheran 13,
Ross Beumer and Tommy Gannon homered and Matt Wood tossed a six-hitter with eight strikeouts as the third-seeded Vikings ousted the fifth-seeded Yellowjackets from the tournament with the seven-inning victory.
Kaylan Legred added three hits, a run and two RBIs, Ben Hopper had two hits, three runs and two RBIs and Carter Wendlandt had two hits, three runs and two walks for Bethany Lutheran (16-14). The Vikings pounded out 13 hits while taking advantage of seven walks and two errors by UWS (16-21).
Freshman Corbin Taylor’s double scored Will Bess as the Yellowjackets scored their lone run in the seventh inning.
UWS rallied with six runs in the top of the ninth inning — capped by Nick Fredrikson’s two-run homer — but couldn’t quite close the gap in falling 9-8 to top-seeded Northwestern in Friday’s opening game.
Northwestern only had eight hits but took advantage of 14 walks and four errors by the Yellowjackets to build a 9-1 lead going into the seventh inning.
UWS came back with a run in the top of the seventh and finally got to Northwestern starter Sam Ludzack in the ninth, scoring six runs on five hits and a hit batter. After Fredrikson’s blast to right field, the Eagles finally pulled Ludzack and reliever Aaron Severson got a strikeout to end the threat.
Senior Brandon Rolf had three doubles and two RBIs to lead the Yellowjackets while Ryan Castaneda, Sam McNosky, Isaac Fugere and Ben Rhodes added two hits apiece as UWS finished with 14 hits.