Late two-run homer stings McGill, Concordia takes first game

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Rob Sedin

COTE ST. LUC, QC — Despite a two-RBI performance from first-year McGill third-baseman Robert Sedin, including the game’s opening run and a game-tying run in the fifth inning, the Redmen dropped a 5–3 decision in Game 1 of the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association North Division final on Saturday, October 18.

After Redmen shortstop Tyler Welence of Ridgewood, NJ doubled in the first inning, Sedin picked up a double of his own to bring in Welence and give McGill an early 1–0 lead.

Concordia scored three runs in the third inning to pull ahead, before Welence hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth to bring in Redmen designated hitter James Vardy of Montreal, QC and pull McGill back within one. Later that inning, Sedin smacked an RBI single to score third-year outfielder Alexander Levis and tie the game 3–3.

Levis was the only other McGill batter to record a hit in Game 1.

Despite their efforts to tie the game, Concordia’s Anthony Marandola cranked a two-run homer in the ninth inning to pull ahead by two runs and pull out the victory for the Stingers. Marandola collected three RBIs on two hits for Concordia in Saturday’s match.

Redmen starting pitcher Ryan Kramer of New Vernon, NJ got the hook, allowing three earned runs off seven hits in just three innings of work. Fourth-year Landen Moore of Ottawa, ON came in to relieve Kramer and held Concordia scoreless through five innings, giving up just three hits over six total innings, as well as two earned runs which won the game for the Stingers.

Concordia pitcher Brandon Berkovits worked three innings, allowing no McGill hits and no earned runs, striking out four batters in the process.

Game 2 goes Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.
 
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