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Grace splits opening series with Marian

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Grace’s baseball team split a pair of one-run games against Marian in a doubleheader on Friday.

The Lancers won the opener 3-2 before dropping the second game 5-4 in extra innings.

Grace and Marian will complete the four-game series on Saturday with another doubleheader in Indianapolis, starting at 1 p.m.

The first game was a pitchers’ duel. The teams had five hits apiece in the nine-inning game with Grace winning the game late.

Jake Decker started the game and largely kept Marian at bay. Decker pitched six innings and allowed just two runs — one in the first and one in the sixth.

Grace kept pace by plating two runs in the bottom of the second. Jeff Pawlik and Isaiah Herbster hit back-to-back singles with two outs, and Dalton Turner’s double brought in both players.

The score remained knotted 2-2 until the final innings. In the bottom of the eighth, Grace scored the go-ahead run.

Jaron Mullet led off the inning and reached base on an error, and Sam Newkirk laced a double to right field to put Grace ahead 3-2.

Grace’s relief pitchers took care of the rest. Hunter Schumacher pitched a clean stint of relief in the seventh and eighth innings. The Knights did not have a hit against Schumacher, and he struck out two.

Houston Haney entered in the top of the ninth and tossed a scoreless inning to earn the save.

In game two, the Lancers began the game with a lead. Grace scored two in the first inning and eventually pulled ahead 4-1 after four innings.

The Lancers struggled in the field in the fifth inning, allowing the Knights to tie the game with three runs (two unearned).

Neither side could score in the sixth and seventh, sending the game to extra innings.

Marian scored another unearned run in the top of the eighth to take the lead. Turner reached second base with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, but a potential rally ended with a strikeout.

Evan Etchison started the game and went seven innings, allowing four hits and four runs with seven strikeouts.

Chris Griffin batted 2 for 4 with a run scored, and Turner had 1 run, 1 hit, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base.