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Cardinals Split on Final Day of Russ Matt

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – The Saginaw Valley State baseball team has finished the Russ Matt Tournament here with a 1-1 day against Assumption (Mass.) College, winning the first game 14-7 and losing the second 9-4.

In the first game, the Cardinals poured on the offense scoring three runs in the second inning to take an early advantage 3-1, and then added one in the fourth, six in the sixth and four more in the seventh.

With two outs, and a runner on second base, freshman Jason Potts (Midland, Mich.) ripped a single up the middle that scored freshman Mitch Frazier (Petersburg, Mich.) from second base in the top of the third. Freshman Ryan Ermers (Utica, Mich.) reached on an error by the Assumption second baseman, which left runners at first and second for junior Josh Peterson (Midland, Mich.) who slugged a double to left-center field knocking in two runs.

In the fourth inning, the Cardinals managed to get one run to score off a single to left field by senior Kevin Schwedler (Midland, Mich.), who drove junior Ryan Webber (Clio, Mich.) home from second base.

In the sixth, Potts got the scoring frenzy started with a single through the right side with one out. Ermers made it aboard after a throwing error by Assumption’s second baseman. Peterson nailed a single through the left side driving Potts home for the first run of the inning, followed by junior Andy Ferraiuolo (Perry, Mich.) clocking a single up the middle driving in Ermers. After junior Charlie Thomas (Northville, Mich.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases, junior Chase Coulter (Clio, Mich.) reached on a fielder’s choice after Peterson was thrown out at the plate. The bases still loaded with two outs, Webber reached on an error by the Assumption shortstop, allowing two more runs to score. With runners on second and third, Schwedler hit a single through the right side driving in Webber and Coulter to round out the scoring in the Cardinal sixth.

In the seventh, the bats picked right up after Potts drew a base on balls with an Ermers double to left field. With runners on second and third, Ferraiuolo reached on an error by Assumption’s third baseman. With the bases juiced, Thomas stepped to the plate a drove a single through the left side scoring Ermers and Potts. Coulter reached on another error by Assumption’s shortstop to load the bases once again for the Cardinals as Webber stepped up to the plate to drive a single to left center knocking in two runs to round out the scoring for SVSU in Game 1.

On the mound for the win, junior Jon Tibaudo (Harper Woods, Mich.) picked up the win going 5 innings, allowing four runs and striking out six.

In Game 2 action, Assumption jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first, but it didn’t last for long, as Webber stepped to the plate with two runners on to hit a home run over the left field fence giving the Cardinals the only lead they would have in the game, 3-2. The Cardinals would add one more run in the sixth when Webber singled down the left field line to drive in Ferraiuolo for the Card’s final run of the ball game.

The win and loss gives the Cardinals a 3-9 record as they round out the Russ Matt Tournament and prepare for league play, which is scheduled to get underway on March 18 as SVSU travels to GLIAC foe Tiffin University.