Another late rally lifts Marian to a split

Cody Schaefer waits for the ball.

TUCSON, Ariz. - Marian University baseball (2-2, 0-0 NACC) needed another late rally to defeat Whitman 6-5 before falling to Hamline in the second half of a doubleheader.

Marian got on the board quickly to open the day with back-to-back doubles from Tommy Dugandzic and Tony Grannis.  The Grannis double plated Dugandzic and Earl Vorpagel to put the Sabres ahead early 2-0.

Whitman answered with a run in the second and three runs in the fourth to chase starter Kellen Shea and bring in Jordan Bock.  Bock would allow an unearned run in the top of the fifth to give Whtiman a 5-2 lead before the Sabres come back began.

An RBI double from Dugandzic scored Vorpagel to cut the lead to two in the fifth inning before a Schuyler Rath RBI ground out plated Hunter Berry to put the Sabres within one.

Marian continued the come from behind effort in the bottom of the eighth with a two out rally.  The nine-hitter Dustin Hodgson started the rally with a single to right field and Vorpagel followed that up with a single to center.  Dugandzic then continued his hot hitting with a single up the middle to score Hodgson and tie the game.  Grannis then walked to load the bases as Mitchell Buss reached on a fielder's choice to score Vorpagel and give the Sabres a 6-5 lead.

Vorpagel came in to close out the ninth and a pair of Whitman hits made things interesting but the senior was able to shut the door for his first save of the season.

Bock improved to 2-0 on the year going 4.1 innings with three strikeouts, while only allowing one unearned run.

Dugandzic went 3-3 with two runs batted in and a run scored to go with a walk, while Vorpagel and Hodgson each had multi-hit games in the win.

In the second game of the twin bill, Hamline was able to take advantage of three Marian errors scoring 15 runs, but with only five being earned.  The Piper pitching staff was also strong has three pitchers combined for the three-hit shutout.

Marian returns to action tomorrow morning, Sunday, March 5, with a 9:30 p.m. (CST) first pitch against Hamline.