FRANKLIN, Wisconsin – Senior Brandon McCumber and junior Owen Burnikel each had a four-hit game as the MSOE baseball team continued its assault on opposing pitching with a decisive sweep of Marian Monday afternoon at The Rock Complex.
The Raiders (16-10, 7-3 NACC) extended its winning streak to eight-straight games by beating the Sabres (9-18, 3-7 NACC) 12-2 in game one and 16-6 in game two. Both games were ended due to run rules, the opener in seven innings and second in eight innings.
MSOE has now won each of its last four games via the run rule and six of its last seven. Five of those wins have come against league opponents.
McCumber led the charge in game one, going 4-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Junior Ryan Newman added three hits and two runs as eight starters collected hits and all nine reached base safely at least once.
The Red & White manufactured a run in the first after McCumber's lead-off single but found themselves trailing after Marian responded with two runs in the top of the second. Junior Max Kemp then started a two-out rally in the bottom half of the inning with an infield single. McCumber hit a two-run double and Newman drove McCumber in to make it 4-2 and the team never looked back.
Junior Garrett Willems hit a lead-off home run in the fourth inning and junior Jimmy Carrington hit a three-run double to make it 8-2, then the Raiders scored four more times in the seventh inning to end the game early. Burnikel had a RBI single before a wild pitch and error gave the team two more runs. Freshman D.J. Ellifson then hit a "walk-off" double to score a run and enact the 10-run rule.
Sophomore Sam Crawford (2-1) was strong on the mound, hurling a seven-inning complete game. He settled down after the two second-inning runs, allowing just four hits and four walks on the day while striking out six.
Game two was another balanced effort, led by Burnikel's 4-for-4 game. He hit three doubles and a home run to drive in four runs and score two more. All nine hitters collected hits and the top five players in the lineup combined for 14 hits in 23 at-bats. Newman and Carrington had three hits each.
Marian played from ahead this time, scoring first with a single run in the second inning, and leading 3-1 after tallying two more runs in the third. MSOE quickly responded with a RBI ground out from sophomore Andres Oselio in the bottom half of the second inning. Then, took the lead for good with a three-run third inning. Carrington and Burnikel had RBI doubles in the frame.
The teams traded sacrifice flies in the fifth inning, with Willems driving in the run in the bottom of the frame, before the Raiders put up five runs in the sixth inning. Newman had a RBI single and Carrington drove in another run on a fielder's choice. A MU error led to a third run and Burnikel put an exclamation on the inning with a two-run home run to make it 10-4.
The Sabres did pull back a pair of runs in the top of the eighth inning only to see MSOE score six times without recording an out in the bottom half to end the game. Gross had a two-run single and, two batters later, the Raiders had loaded the bases. Singles by Oselio, Kemp, and McCumber, with a hit batter mixed in there, put the Red & White at the 10-run threshold.
Freshman Justin Celeski (2-1) worked the final 4.0 innings of the game to earn the win. He struck out three and scattered three hits in the outing. He was credited with a pair of unearned runs. Junior Brandon Rankila got the start and went 4.0 innings. He struck out three and allowed four runs.