Baseball starts season on fire in Florida


Gannon University’s baseball team blasted seven home runs in 10 games last week, winning eight of 10 on its Florida trip.
The Knights (10-3) started the trip by sweeping The University of the Sciences, 6-4 and 14-7, on March 3 in Kissimmee, Fla.
Nate Cardy gave Gannon the lead in game one with a two-run double in the top of the third.
After the Knights fell behind, Luke Callahan’s RBI triple brought in Ian Hess with the go-ahead run in the seventh, and Tyler Mattocks supplied insurance with a pinch-hit double to make it 6-4.
Matthew Yough picked up the win as he closed out the game in the bottom of the seventh.
In the second game of the doubleheader Hess launched a grand-slam in the bottom of the first, triggering a five-run outburst.
Jarod Morrison, who led the Knights in innings pitched in 2018, picked up the win as he tossed four innings in the second game of the doubleheader.
In their next two games on March 4, Gannon swept Wheeling Jesuit, holding the Cardinals to just one run over the two games while scoring six in each game.
Eric Sapp picked up the win in game one, tossing six innings and allowing just one earned run while striking out eight.
Callahan drove in a pair of runs for the Knights.
Devin Judy picked up the win in game two, throwing a complete game three-hit shutout over seven innings. Ian Steighner collected two RBIs and Hess launched a home run.
After a 7-2 loss to Minnesota State, the Knights rebounded well with a doubleheader sweep over New York Institute of Technology on Thursday, 7-2 and 2-0.
Jared Beach launched a grand slam in the third inning of game one, the key hit in a five-run rally that proved to be the difference.
Elijah Quiceno contributed two sacrifice flies and Hess added an RBI double.
Andrew Mottola threw five scoreless innings and John Bender added two more scoreless frames in game two.
Cardy and Hess each contributed RBI doubles for the Knights.
After a 6-2 game one loss to Notre Dame College on Friday, Gannon rebounded to come out on top of a tightly contested second game, 4-3.
Justin Hamm proved to be the offensive standout, as he gave the Knights a 4-3 lead in the sixth inning with a three-run homer.
Morrison picked up his second win of this early 2019 campaign as he pitched all seven innings for Gannon in the winning effort.
Gannon ended its trip with a 10-6 win over Wayne State, as Cardy and Beach both homered.
Bender picked up the win, tossing two hitless innings in relief.
The Knights return to action Saturday in a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Ashland, Ohio.
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