MISHAWAKA, Ind. – Mount Vernon Nazarene baseball picked up a doubleheader sweep on Friday, defeating Bethel 14-11 in game one and 10-3 in game two.
After Bethel scratched a run across to take the lead in the bottom of the first, MVNU exploded for seven runs in the top of the second. Devin Pearl (SO/Cardington, OH) led off the inning with a walk, and would get to third with one out on Brandt Miller (SR/Millersburg, OH)’s single to center field. Cameron Miller (FR/Millersburg, OH) followed with a bunt single, driving in Pearl on the squeeze play to give MVNU a 1-0 lead. Toby Walker (SO/Archbold, OH) then got a bunt single of his own, and Nick Moser (JR/Sunbury, OH) would follow with a two-run single, with Walker reaching third. Chris Kline (SO/Millersburg, OH ) followed up with a fielder’s choice, with all runners safe and Walker getting home. Jake Glover (SO/Miamisburg, OH) singled deep into the second base hole on the next play to push across another run, and Kline came in to score on a groundout off the bat of Ashton Myers (SR/Zanesville, OH). Pearl then got a hit in the inning he led off, driving in Glover with a single to make the score 7-1.
The Cougars then got four more runs in the top of the fourth, responding to two Bethel runs in the bottom of the second. Kline led off the inning by being hit by a pitch, and got to third on a Glover single. Myers then hit a single into left field to push Kline across for an 8-3 lead, and Pearl hit another single to load the bases. Aaron Saal (JR/Wooster, OH) got MVNU’s fourth consecutive single, hitting a base hit to left field to score Glover. Brandt Miller grounded into a fielder’s choice to score Myers, and Pearl would come across on an error on a pickoff throw to make the score 11-3.
MVNU then got three more runs in the top of the fifth, all with two outs. Glover singled to right field with two outs, and Myers got a walk to put two on and nobody out. Pearl followed with a base hit to center field, scoring Glover to make the score 12-3. Saal then shot a double into center field, driving in both Myers and Pearl to make the lead 15-3. Bethel would get a run in the bottom of the fifth, and seven more runs in the bottom of the sixth, but would hold on to the 14-11 lead to win game one.
Kaleb Bauman (FR/Rittman, OH) got the win, allowing four runs on nine hits in 5.0 innings, striking out eight. Josh King took the loss, allowing 14 runs on 15 hits in 5.0 innings. Adam Goodpaster (SO/Carlisle, OH) threw a scoreless bottom of the seventh to get a save.
The Cougars opened the scoring in game two with two runs in the top of the fourth, both with two outs. Jake Glover began the rally with a base hit and reached second on a passed ball. Devin Pearl followed with a two-out double to left field to score Glover; Pearl later reached third on another passed ball. Justin Rasmussen then uncorked a wild pitch, letting Pearl score to give MVNU a 2-0 lead.
Bethel cut the lead in half with a run in the bottom of the fourth, but MVNU would use a four-run sixth inning to blow the game open. Nick Moser led off the inning by getting all the way to third base on a pair of errors, and would score on Chris Kline’s double to left-center. Glover followed with a base hit to drive in Kline, giving MVNU a 4-1 lead. With two outs in the top of the sixth, Aaron Saal would hit a two-run home run, his fourth of the season, to extend the lead again to 6-1. MVNU managed four more runs in the top of the seventh, highlighted by a Devin Pearl two-run triple, to go up 10-1, and would see out a 10-3 win.
Jaret Rose (FR/Aurora, OH) got the win for MVNU, allowing one run on two hits in 6.0 innings. Justin Rasmussen took the loss, allowing eight runs on six hits in 6.1 innings.
The wins move MVNU to 35-15 on the season, and to 18-8 in the Crossroads League. Bethel fall to 11-28, and to 7-19 in conference play. MVNU remains two games back of Huntington in the Crossroads League race, with the Foresters having three games remaining while MVNU only has one.
MVNU baseball takes on Bethel in their regular season finale on Saturday. First pitch of the single nine-inning game is set for 9:00am.