St. Andrews baseball, lacrosse struggle

By Troy Baranik - SAU Sports Information Director

Truett sweeps Knights baseball

LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews University baseball team dropped all three games in its weekend AAC series against Truett-McConnell University (Ga.). The Knights lost by one run in the first two games, losing 6-5 on Thursday after failing to compete a ninth-inning rally; 2-1 in game one Friday’s doubleheader. Truett poured it on the Knights in a game three of the series 13-1.

Game 1: Truett-McConnell 6, SAU 5, (9 innings)

The Knights got out to a solid 2-0 lead thanks to an RBI double by Emerson Gross. Truett-McConnell cut the Knights lead to one through four innings, 3-2. A rain storm delayed the game for an hour knocking out sophomore starter Zach Mathes. The sophomore threw four plus innings allowing two runs off three hits with five walks and two strikeouts. Junior Landon Kincaid (3-5) took the mound in relief allowing Truett to score three runs and take a 5-3 lead.

Truett added another run in the eighth off reliever Michael Wright to lead 6-3. The Knights came back with RBI doubles from Mikey Morgan and Ryne Dickens in the eighth and ninth innings to get within one at 6-5 with no outs. After Dickens advanced to third on a passed ball, he got picked off at third base after trying to score on a suicide-squeeze bunt. The next two St. Andrews batters struck out to end the game.

Game 2: Truett 2, SAU 1

Junior starter Trevor Maly pitched a terrific game two allowing two runs in the four inning off five hits with four walks and five strikeouts before junior reliever Zach Saylor took over. Saylor finished the final two innings allowing three hits with two strikeouts.

St. Andrews could not get its offense on track leaving nine runners on base against Truett starter Greg Elder who threw all seven innings. Junior Emerson Gross led the Knights with a double and the lone RBI.

Game 3: Truett 13, SAU 1

In the final game of the series, Truett rolled past the Knight scoring 11 runs in two innings to put the game out of reach. Truett starter Chris Carden shut down the Knights offense throwing all seven innings. Carden allowed one run off three hits and racked up 12 strikeouts.

Knights starter Holden Drake (4-3) tossed five innings giving up six runs on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts.

St. Andrews falls to 20-27 overall and 6-15 in the conference. The losses allowed Truett-McConnell (25-19, 9-12) to break the tie with the Knights and move into sixth place in the conference. The Knights remain one game back of Bluefield for the final spot in the AAC Tournament.

The Knights are on the road to face Pfeiffer University at 4 p.m. today.

Reinhardt defeats men’s lacrosse

WALESKA, Ga. — The St. Andrews University men’s lacrosse team finished its regular season with a crushing defeat falling 36-3 to No. 2 Reinhardt University (11-1) on the road Friday.

Reinhardt got out to a 10-1 advantage after the first quarter before extending their lead to 19-2 at the half. Reinhardt scored 11 more goals in the third quarter and six in the fourth to run up the score on tthe Knights.

St. Andrews was led by two goals from freshman attacker Matt Theobald. The freshman finished the year with 12 goals and 13 assists for 25 points. Fellow freshman attacker Damian Anderson also scored a goal for the Knights to finish the season with 11 goals.

Senior goalie Nick Levar made 12 saves and recorded seven ground balls to lead the team. Levar finished the season with 99 saves for 12.4 saves per game. Sophomore face-off specialist Sebastian Calmes had three groundballs and won seven face-offs.

St. Andrews falls to 2-7 overall and 1-5 in the conference while Reinhardt improves to 11-1 overall and 5-0 in conference action. The AAC tournament will be April 21-22 in Knoxville, Tenn.

By Troy Baranik

SAU Sports Information Director

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