TUCSON, Ariz. - For the 2nd straight day, the Marian University baseball team (3-6, 0-0 NACC) suffered a heartbreaking loss in Tucson, Arizona with a 7-6 extra inning loss to Dickinson State.
The Sabres jumped on Marian starter sophomore Brady Nehring for a pair of runs in the first and one more in the second to take a 3-0 lead.
Marian put a run on the board in the 4th as senior Tommy Dugandzic singled and moved to third when junior Michael Pappas reached on an error. The pair executed a perfect double steal, allowing Dugandzic to score.
DSU put up single runs in the fourth and fifth to increase their lead to 5-1.
Marian's bats got hot in the sixth when Pappas blasted a two run double that plated sophomore Matt Nordlund and Dugandzic. Pappas scored when junior Hunter Berry's single to right was misplayed by Karson Hanosky.
Freshman reliever Josh Ditter entered in the 5th to get the Sabres out of a jam and pitched a scoreless 7th and 8th before loading up the bases in the 9th. Junior Kellen Shea entered in a tough spot and struck out Danny Brescia and Micquel Robinson for the first two outs. Lucas Rissler hit a bouncer to sophomore shortstop Jake Falish that allowed him to step on 2nd to end the threat.
In the 10th Pappas led off the inning with his 2nd double of the game. After he was sacrificed to 3rd by sophomore Travis Slywka, the Blue Hawks intentionally walked Hunter Berry. Berry stole 2nd and after a Falish strikeout, Thompson took the intentional walk to load up the bases.
Marian took the lead when Johnson battled to a full count and earned a free pass that plated Pappas to give the Sabres their first lead of the game at 6-5.
In the bottom half of the 10th with one out, TJ McCullough reached on an error, leading to Cuch's game winning homer to right center.
Kellen Shea (1-1) took the loss for Marian. Joe Koessl (1-1) pitched four innings in relief of starter Sean Getchell to earn the victory.
The Sabres will wrap up their trip to Tucson on Friday morning when they play the Illinois Institute of Technology at 11 a.m. (CDT).