SUPERIOR, Wi. Junior Patrick Coles, senior Joey Krug and sophomore Sawyer Murrell had at least three hits each as the Finlandia University baseball team (3-13) split with UW-Superior (6-8), Wednesday at the NBC Spartan Complex. FinnU lost 10-0 and won the second game 13-6.
In game one, UW-Superior scored five runs over the first two innings. Four times Finlandia had at least two runners on base. The Yellowjackets played tough defense to keep the Lions at bay.
For Finlandia, freshman Frankie Garcia (0-1) gave up eight hits, 10 runs, nine earned, walked five and struck out three in five innings.
For Superior, Jordan Berrios had three hits and scored three runs. Bryce Flanagan (1-1) gave up three hits, walked three and struck out three in five innings.
“The bats were not alive early in the morning,” said head coach Evan Brandt. “We struggled to find barrels. Frankie (Garcia) had a really good outing on the mound. We hurt ourselves with some walks and untimely ground balls.”
In the nightcap, Finlandia struck in the first inning. Coles singled and stole second. Coles would score on a single by junior Brian Doyle.
The Lions used five hits, a walk and an error to score five runs in the second inning for a 6-0 lead. UW-Superior began to chip away and ended up tying the game in the bottom of the fifth.
In the seventh inning, Doyle and Krug led off with walks. Following a fly out, sophomore Devonte Fleming sent the ball into orbit over the left field fence to make it 9-6.
FinnU would just attack the Yellowjacket pitching adding four more runs. In the bottom of the seventh Finlandia got Superior 1-2-3 to get the win.
For Finlandia, Coles had three hits, scored three runs and drove in four runs to lead the attack. Doyle, Fleming, Krug and Murrell had two hits each. Senior Brandon Teichman (1-0) gave up one hit in two innings.
For Superior, Cory Albertson and Nick Zezulka had two hits each. Gunner Johnson (0-1) gave up three hits, six runs, walked four and struck out three in 1.3 innings.
The pitchers that threw were getting in mid-week work, which we have to do because of our travel schedule,” said Brandt. “For them to keep runs off the board was good to see. We gave up four runs with two misplayed fly balls. Our bats came alive and we had a good offensive day at the plate. Devonte (Fleming) sealed the game for us with a three-run bomb in the seventh. Brandon (Teichman) shut the door in the bottom of the seventh on the mound. I’m proud of the effort to come back and get the bats going.”
Finlandia takes on UW-Stout, Saturday, Apr. 6. The doubleheader is scheduled to start at noon, CST