EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- The Cardinal Baseball team evened up its weekend series at McKendree at 1-1 after posting a big 22-3 victory over the Bearcats on Saturday night. SVSU scored a seven spot in the first and third innings, helping put them out front by a big count and it would not look back in securing the first win of the season.
A seven-run 1st inning gave the visitors a 7-0 lead right out of the gates, as Jacob Mansfield had a bases loaded walk that scored Derrek Clyde. He, Jordan Swiss and Collin Winters would score on an error on the next play on a ball that was put into play by Joshua Riggs. Craig Wilson Jr. would score Riggs with an infiield single and Clyde had a two-RBI single to finish the inning's scoring for SVSU.
After a Mansfield RBI pushed Swiss across in the 2nd and McKendree responded with a run in the bottom of the inning to make the score 8-1, another seven runs came SVSU's way to push the lead out to 15-1. Swiss, Martin Money (2), Mansfield and Riggs all had RBI for the Cards in the frame while Riggs later scored on an error and Andrew Burke a wild pitch.
A single run in the 5th, two in the 7th and RBI from Money and Riggs in the 9th that led to four runs would help the visitors close-out eventually for the 22-3 win.
Money had a huge game at the plate, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, four RBI and two runs while walking twice. Riggs had two hits with four RBI and a pair of runs as well. Swiss had two hits with a double, two runs and two RBI. Mansfield had a hit and three RBI for the Cardinals and two runs scored. Clyde finished 1-for-2 with two RBI, three runs and four walks. Wilson was 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. Clyde and Swiss each stole two bags.
On the mound, Amani Godfrey (1-1) picked up the victory after getting the start and working 5.0 innings. He allowed just two runs on seven hits, striking-out eight batters and walking three. Brandon Wise had four strikeouts in three innings of relief while Nolan Knauf and Tyler Stambaugh each had an inning of scoreless relief.
The two teams finish the three-game weekend set on Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. eastern time contest. Live stats are available at the SVSU Baseball schedule page.
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