FRANKLIN, Wisconsin – Sophomore Nick Gross had three hits and four RBIs in game one and freshman Joe Gilpin drove in three runs in game two as the MSOE baseball team swept Maranatha in a doubleheader 14-0 and 5-3 Tuesday afternoon at The Rock Complex.
The Raiders (12-10) scored in every inning of game one and had 10 different players collect hits in routing the visiting Sabercats (1-16). Three pitchers combined on the two-high shutout, striking out two.
In the second game, it was 1-0 until the bottom of the sixth inning when MSOE broke open the game with four runs. Maranatha then made the end interesting with three runs in the seventh.
Junior Brandon Rankila (1-0) got the start in game one and allowed just one hit and one walk in 5.0 innings of work. He struck out six before turning over the game to the bullpen. Senior John Dzurka and junior Owen Burnikel each worked a scoreless inning with one strikeout.
At the plate, the Raiders eased into the blowout with single runs in each of the first two innings and a pair of unearned runs in the third for a 4-0 lead.
MSOE broke the game open with five runs in the fourth inning. With one out, three-straight singles opened the scoring. Then, two batters later Burnikel plated a pair of runs with a single and junior Garrett Willems followed with a triple. An MBU error then tacked on the fifth run of the frame.
After another single run in the fifth, the Red & White struck for another four runs in the sixth inning. One run came in on a fielder's choice and, after a hit batter loaded the bases, Gross hit a bases-clearing double.
In addition to Gross' three-hit game, Burnikel and junior Ryan Newman each had two hits with Burnikel driving in three runs.
Game two was much more subdued in that a Gilpin RBI single in the second inning was the game's lone run until the sixth.
Burnikel led off that frame with a single, taking second on a wild pitch, and drawing a balk to get to third. Sophomore Isaac Narimatsu then came up with his second hit of the game to score Burnikel. Two batters later, sophomore Andres Oselio hit a run-scoring double and Gilpin followed with a two-run single to make it 5-0.
Each of the insurance runs came in handy, as the Sabercats struck for their first runs of the game in the top of the seventh. Three of the first four hitters reached on a pair of singles and a walk. After a pitching change, a hit batter brought in one run and Adam Courtney doubled to right field to score two more and make it 5-3 with just one out.
Burnikel came on to pitch for the second-straight game and walked the first hitter to load the bases. He came back to strike the next hitter out and induce a fly ball to center field to end the game and collect his first collegiate save.
Narimatsu, Oselio, and Gilpin finished with two hits each.
The Raiders are back in action with a league doubleheader at Edgewood Saturday.