Pair of bases-loaded triples, Norton's save leads MC past Calvin, 8-7

Pair of bases-loaded triples, Norton's save leads MC past Calvin, 8-7

Maryville College used a pair of big innings that included two bases-loaded triples in order to defeat Calvin College, 8-7, on Scotland Yard Monday afternoon.

The Scots scored eight runs on eight hits during the game, as Maryville's Jordan Norton earned his first save of his senior season with a three-up, three-down effort.

Calvin College scored early in the top of the first inning. The three-hit inning was highlighted with Johnny Salgado's two-out, two-RBI double to the warning track in center field. Matt Kotva and Mike Kempton scored on the play as the Knights led 2-0.

Maryville loaded the bases to start the bottom of the first with a pair of hits and a walk. Bryce Redaja cleared the bags with a three-RBI triple that plated Hayden Hollingsworth, Andrew Henry and Johnny Carpenter. Redaja would score on an Alden Wright sacrifice fly, as the Scots led 4-2 after the first inning.

A trio of singles would load the bases for the Knights in the top of the second. A two-RBI double off the fence in center field by Colton Wolfe would plate Logan Marshall and Patrick Avila to knot the game at 4-all. Jonathan Keane would plate Kempton with an RBI groundout, as Calvin would lead by one, 5-4, after the second inning.

Back-to-back singles and a hit-by-pitch to start the third would load the bases for Maryville with only one out. Wright tallied his second RBI of the afternoon without an official at bat, as he took the bases-loaded hit-by-pitch to score Henry. Logan Hayes launched a hard-hit triple to the gap in right-center, earning three RBI as Wright, Redaja and Carpenter scored. Going to the fourth, the Scots held an 8-5 advantage.

A two-run homer down the right-field line from Salgado scored Kotva from first in the top of the fifth, as the Knights cut into Maryville's lead, but the Scots would take the win in seven innings, 8-7.

MC (14-11) was led by Redaja who went 1-for-1 with three RBI and two runs scored. Henry was 2-for-2 with a pair of runs, while Hayes went 1-for-2 with a three-RBI triple. Carpenter was 2-for-3 with two runs, as Hollingsworth added a run on a 1-for-3 afternoon. Wright had two RBI and a run scored without an official at bat.

Zach Messinger earned the win, while Jordan Norton earned his first save of the season.

Calvin (2-5) saw Salgado go 2-for-3 with four RBI and a run scored. Kempton was 3-for-3 with a pair of runs, while Kotva added a 2-for-2 effort with two runs on the afternoon.