EMERSON, Ga. -- The Cardinal Baseball team faced the #15 University of Illinois-Springfield Prairie Stars on Saturday afternoon at the Lake Point Complex in Emerson, Georgia. SVSU held a third inning lead but couldn't hold-off a late charge from the Stars, dropping the contest by a final score of 12-6.
The Prairie Stars went for one in the top of the 4th and two in the 5th, taking a 4-2 lead over the Cardinals.
In the top of the 7th, UIS went for a big inning with seven runs, pushing their lead to 11-2.
SVSU responded in the bottom of the 7th and 8th, respectively, to make the score 11-6. Burke had a bases-loaded walk to score Jacob Mansfield and Swiss scored Craig Wilson Jr. on a sacrifice fly. The 8th saw Joshua Riggs post an RBI double to push Winters across and another bases-loaded walk to Derrek Clyde plated Riggs.
Those runs for the Cardinals were scored around a single run in the top of the 8th, which put the score at the 12-6 final score.
Five Cardinals had a single hit in the game, with Winters and Riggs each having a double. Gerrit Eding, Clyde and Swiss added a single. Clyde, Burke, Swiss, Winters and Riggs all had an RBI. Clyde and Burke each walked twice while Swiss had two stolen bases.
Amani Godfrey (0-1) took the loss on the mound, working 4.2 innings and giving up four runs on five hits, four walks and striking-out four.
Saginaw Valley continues on the road at McKendree University for a thee game series, beginning Friday (Feb. 22) at 3:00 p.m.
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