Big First Inning Leads CUC Past Amherst

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KISSIMMEE, Fla.—After the offense got rolling to close out the opening weekend against Spalding, the Concordia University Chicago Baseball team kept things rolling today against Amherst College to begin the six game Florida swing. CUC got things going immediately with a nine run first inning, and cruised to a 13-3 win.

  • Five Cougars recorded multi-hit games in the 13 hit effort.
  • Eight of the nine starters recorded at least a single hit.
  • Brody Mariotti hit his second homer of the year on a no-doubt shot to left. He also drove in three.
  • Ryan Davila got the start and allowed just one earned run in 4.2 innings while striking out six.
  • Robert Perna and Chris Woods worked scoreless innings of relief.

CUC got the offense rolling right away, taking advantage of Amherst miscues. Jose Mercado started things off with an infield single. One out later Mercado stole both second and third to get into scoring position. The Cougars then started their scoring with two outs. Mariotti started things with a single to left. Two errors on ground balls allowed CUC to bring a second run home and put two in scoring position. Mateo Calle followed with a single up the middle to make it 4-0 Cougars. A hit by pitch and a Brayden Benavides single made it a five run game. Mercado continued the inning by smashing a triple to right center scoring two. Keegan Tyrell and Bryan VanDuser added hits in the inning as CUC tallied nine runs in the inning while bringing 12 to the plate.
CUC added more in the third. With two out and one on VanDuser doubled down the left field line to score Mercado. Mariotti then got into the first pitch of his at bat, driving a deep shot over the left field wall, his second of the season made it 12-0 CUC.
Amherst got three runs back in the fifth on two hits, aided by a CUC error. The Cougars quickly answered in the bottom of the inning when Brandon tripled off the wall, scoring VanDuser.
CUC got strong relief performances from Perna and Woods as the Cougars closed out the opening game of the trip in seven innings.
The Cougars (3-1) will be back in action tomorrow morning at 9:45 (EST) against the College of St. Scholastica.