MONTREAT, NC - The Montreat College baseball team picked up two big wins on Thursday, sweeping Johnson University in an afternoon double-header at Newell Field.
In game one, the Royals put three runs on the board in the top of the first and added two more in the 5th to go up 5-0 on the home team. The Cavaliers got some offense going in the bottom of the 5th with a pair of runs and matched that total in the sixth to cut the lead to 5-4. In the bottom of the seventh, Tray Hill (JR/Chickamauga, GA) blasted a home run to tie the game and send it into extra innings. After pitcher Breaden Daniels got through the Johnson batters unscathed in the top of the eighth inning, Robert Hernandez (FR/Miami, FL) got things going for Montreat with a base hit. Hill followed and ended the game with a two-run walk-off home run to give the Cavaliers a 7-5 victory.
Hill ended up going 2-4 with four RBI while the Cavaliers got three hits apiece from Danilo De Armas (SO/Miami, FL) and Dylan Jones (SR/Leicester, NC). Daniel Branon (SR/Greensboro, NC) went 2-3 with an RBI for a Montreat team that collectively got 15 hits for the game. Braeden Daniels (FR/Statesville, NC) entered the game at pitcher in the fifth and took the win after giving up two runs on three hits with six strikeouts over four innings of work.
In game two, there was far less drama as Montreat erupted for nineteen hits in an 18-3 win. By the time the Royals got on the scoreboard with a pair of runs in the fourth inning, the Cavaliers were already up 9-2 and they added seven more runs in the fourth to put the game out of reach.
Tray Hill had another monster game, going 3-5 with two home runs and seven RBI. Robert Hernandez scored four runs for the home team while Dylan Jones picked up three hits and four RBI. Zach Jones (JR/Yancyville, NC) went 3-4 with two doubles and three RBI.
The Cavaliers will travel to Bluefield College for a three game series this weekend. The teams will play one game at 6pm on Saturday and return for a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1pm.
MONTREAT, NC - The Montreat College baseball team ended their week on a high note after taking two games of a three game home series against Appalachian Athletic Conference foe St. Andrews.
In the lone Saturday affair, the Knights struck first, using a pair of runs in the third to take a 2-0 lead. The Cavaliers would respond in the bottom part of the inning when Tray Hill (JR/Chickamauga, GA) hit a two-run double that was followed by a wild pitch that allowed Daniel Branon (SR/Greensboro, NC) to score and give Montreat a 3-2 lead. In the bottom of the fourth, the Cavaliers would strike again when they used a trio of hits and a wild pitch to put three more runs on the board and grow their lead to 6-2. After a Chase Day (JR/Easley,SC) single drove in Danilo De Armas (SO/Miami, FL) in the sixth to make the score 7-2, Montreat looked poised to cruise to an easy win. However, the Knights responded and scored three runs in their final at-bat to cut the Cavalier lead to one run. With the tying run on third and two outs, pitcher John Cassandra (SO/Cumming, GA) was able to get the next Bryan hitter to fly out to end the game and preserve a 7-6 win for Montreat.
Stephen Adams (JR/Jacksonville, FL) picked up a pair of hits and an RB in the win while Danilo De Armas reached base three times and scored three runs. De Armas also knocked in a run and nabbed two stolen bases. Cassandra went the distance on the mound, picking up six strikeouts in the win.
In game one of Sunday's double header, St. Andrews jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning but the Cavaliers used a Tray Hill solo home run to cut the deficit to 3-1 after the first inning. The Knights would score three more runs in the third to build a strong 6-1 lead but the Cavaliers got back into the game with a tremendous fourth inning. In that frame Tray Hill singled and was driven in two batters later when Dylan Jones (SR/Leicester, NC) launched a 1-0 pitch over the wall for a home run. Later in the inning, a Robert Hernandez (FR/Miami, FL) single would drive in John Cassadra and Grayson Snipes (JR/Lancaster, SC) to cut the lead to 6-5. The Cavaliers would be unable to get any more offense going and the Knights used a seventh inning insurance run to seal a 7-5 victory.
In the series finale on Sunday afternoon, the Cavaliers used steady defense and timely hits to come away with a 3-2 victory in eight innings. The Knights got both of their runs in the second inning and stifled the Cavalier bats until the sixth inning when doubles from Robert Hernandez and Chase Day, as well as a Dylan Jones base hit, helped get two runs across the plate and tie the game at 2-2. The score would remain the same after regulation and the teams headed to extra innings. In the bottom of the eight inning, Stephen Adams singled and drove in pich-runner Daniel Branon to give Montreat the victory. The Cavaliers collected ten hits on th game and got two each from Danilo De Armas, Chase Day, Dylan Jones, and Stephen Adams. Pitchers Braeden Daniel and Kyle Nyenhuis (SR/Charlotte, NC) combined to give up only two runs while striking out three batters.
The team will host Johnson University for a double-header at Newell Field on Thursday, April 14th. Game one is set to begin at 1pm.
MONTREAT, NC - The Montreat College baseball team hosted Appalachian Athletic Conference rival and #9 ranked Tennessee-Wesleyan in a three-game series over the weekend. The Cavaliers stood strong against a veteran Bulldogs team but ended up dropping all three contests.
In the first game on Saturday, the Cavaliers were unable to get going offensively, collecting only two hits in a 5-0 loss. Daniel Branon (SR/Greensboro, NC) and Grayson Snipes (JR/Lancaster, SC) both got base hits for Montreat but the team couldn't capitalize against a strong pitching performance from Tennessee-Wesleyan's Ryan Hartman. John Cassandra (SO/Cumming, GA) went the distance on the mound for Montreat, giving up four earned runs on eight hits over seven innings.
In the second game of the Saturday double-header, the Bulldogs got on the board first, scoring two runs in the top of the third. In the bottom of the inning, Grayson Snipes got things going with a base hit. After advancing to second on a wild pitch, Snipes would score on a single from Chase Day (JR/Easley,SC). After advancing to second on a groundout, Day would score after Stephen Adams (JR/Jacksonville, FL) ripped off a base hit to tie the game at 2-2. The Bulldogs would respond with three runs over the finals two innings to take a 5-2 victory. Both Snipes and Day went 2-3 at the plate while Bradley Oakes (JR/Asheville, NC) also picked up a pair of hits for the Cavaliers, who collectively got eight hits for the game. Taylor Cornelieus went 6 1/3 innings on the mound, giving up three earned runs on seven hits with five strikeouts.
In the Sunday contest, the Bulldogs scored seven runs over the first three innings and cruised to a 10-3 victory. Montreat got on the board in the second when Chase Day drove an 0-1 pitch over the wall for a home run. In the fourth inning, Tray Hill (JR/Chickamauga, GA) led off with a double and, after advancing on a wild pitch, he would be driven in by a Chase Day sacrifice fly. The Cavaliers scored their final run in the seventh when a Zack Jones single drove in Dylan Jones (SR/Leicester, NC), who had doubled earlier in the inning. Hill, Day, and Dylan Jones all collected two hits for Montreat.
The Cavaliers will be back in action on Wednesday, April 6th when they travel to take on the University of the Cumblerlands at 1pm.