Game 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score
COLLEGEVILLE, MN – St. John’s baseball got off to a good start on Tuesday, May 2 with St. Scholastica’s doubleheader sweep (4-3 and 13-1 in seven innings) at Haugenfield in Becker Park.
Johnny’s (20-13, 11-5 MIAC) held the Saints (6-23, 4-12 MIAC) to 4 in a close decision in Game 1 and 14 for a lopsided win in Game 2. .
SJU batted .356 (59-21) on seven hits on the day, while the Saints went .204 (49-10) with two outs at .455 (22-10).
senior first baseman Max Nylop (Alameda, Calif.), MIAC Player of the Week, Junior Third Baseman Joe Becker (New Prague, Minnesota) collected four hits each and scored for a total of seven runs. Becker hit a home run for the cycle in a doubleheader and returned last season to extend his on-base record to his 37th game (his last four in 2022, his all 33 in 2023).
The score oscillated between a draw and an SJU advantage in each of the first three innings. Becker tripled with one out in the bottom of the first inning and scored on an RBI groundout off Nairop’s bat to open the day’s scoring. The CSS tied the game with an earned run in the top of the second, but the home side regained the lead in the second half with an earned run of their own.A leadoff double came and scored on an RBI groundout for the Saints in the third inning, leaving Junior right fielder Rodney Erickson (St. Paul, Minnesota/Woodbury) went 3-for-2 with a solo home run, his third of the season and fifth of his career, starting in the bottom of the third. Ericsson would need three hits to become the 38th Johnny in show history to reach 100 career hits.
A leadoff double occurred to tie the game for St. Scholastica in the top of the fifth, but Johnny’s proved to be the game-winning run in the bottom half of the frame. Nylop and center field hit infield as Becker started the rally with his two-out single. Jordan Amundson (Eden Prairie, Minnesota) pitched 0-2 to the right of an RBI single.
Junior Cody Darren (Carver, MN/Chanhassen) improved to 3-2 in the win after allowing 3 runs (2 earned runs) on 4 hits. 7 strikeouts and 3 walks in 5.2 innings.
Senior jack herring (Hamlake, Minnesota/Brain) relieved Darren with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the sixth, but tricked out a three-pitch strikeout to end the Saints threat.
freshman Evan Soufker (Buffalo, Minnesota) pitched a 1-2-3 seventh for his fifth save of the season.
The CSS went first in Game 2 with a solo home run with two outs in the top of the first inning. But that was all for the visitors as SJU broke through with 7 runs in the 3rd inning and added 3 runs in the 4th and 5th to introduce the 10-run rule. Only two of the seven runs in the third were scored.
senior second baseman Owen Doak (Apple Valley, Minnesota/Eastview) opened an offensive blitz with a 3-run burst in the bottom of the 3rd inning.
Six Johnnies each had a total of two hits in Game 2: Becker, Dawke, Nylop, Junior first baseman. owen best (Aurora, Colorado/Regis Jesuits), junior left fielder Jack Shleper (Shakopee, MN) and Senior Catcher Zach Selkow (Apple Valley, MN/Eastview). Dauk and his sophomore shortstop jackson peter (Elrosa, MN/Belgrade-Bruten-Elrosa) each had 3 RBIs.
In the top of the sixth inning of the second game, Ericsson ran a deep fly ball that hit the fence in the right-center gap and threw a one-hop throw to double the first baseman. finish the inning.
senior left handed casey trapp (Blaine/Centennial, MN) leveled their season record at 3-3 with the win.He allowed his only run on five hits and struck out four in six innings.Jr. Jordan Huwe (Lakeville, MN/North) completed the sweep with seven scoreless innings.
Johnny’s will wrap up the long homestand by hosting St. Olaf (13-14, 8-5 MIAC) tomorrow (Wednesday, May 3) at 2:30pm at Collegeville.