FRANKLIN, Wis. – The Marian offense rose to the occasion once again as the Sabres combined to score 22 runs off 32 hits and swept Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference foe MSOE 11-3 and 11-1 Saturday afternoon at The Rock.
In game one the Sabre bats picked up in the sixth inning to subdue the Raiders. Already leading 1-0, TJ McCoy connected on a three-run home run to right field and the Sabres opened up a 4-0 lead.
Marian used an efficient eighth inning to put the game out of reach. Tony Grannis started the inning with an RBI single and McCoy connected on his second home run of the day to put the Sabres up 8-3.
Marian added three insurance runs in the top of the ninth to clinch the victory.
Bryce Taylor (3-0) tossed six and one third innings to remain perfect on the season. The 6-foot-4 righty scattered six hits, allowed three runs and two walks and struck out five batters. Over the ensuing two and two third innings Austin Hansen and Mark Wallace threw a combined one-hitter.
McCoy, a 6-foot-0, 250-pound left-handed hitter batted 3-for-4 with five RBIs and two home runs. Grannis went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored, while Earl Vorpagel recorded three hits and two RBIs.
The Sabres only stranded four base runners.
In game two Marian received a great performance on the mound from Tanner Biwer (3-2). The Fish Creek, Wis. native threw six innings and allowed six hits, one run (unearned) and one walk and fanned three.
Already leading 3-1, the Sabres used a six-run fifth inning to seize control. Jordan DeBoer started the inning with a sacrifice fly to center field and Marian led 4-1. Adam Ryan followed that up with a three-run shot to left field. Not to be outdone, Tyler Thompson homered to center field.
Ty Gellinger batted 4-for-5 and scored two runs. Ryan and DeBoer each notched three RBIs.
The game was called in the eighth inning due to the 10-run mercy rule.
In the two games against MSOE (5-25, 2-12 NACC) the Sabres never trailed. Marian, winners of six in a row, improves to 14-13 overall and 9-3 in the NACC.
The Sabres return to the diamond on Sunday, April 19 with a twin bill against Concordia Wisconsin.