Maroon Baseball Ties Single-Season Record for Wins in Sweep of Grinnell

David Clarke
David Clarke

GRINNELL, Iowa – The University of Chicago baseball team tied its single-season record for wins and completed a four-game sweep of the weekend with Sunday's doubleheader victory over host Grinnell College.

The Maroons (26-10) defeated the Pioneers by scores of 5-4 and 19-9, matching their season-record for wins with 26, tying the mark set in 2001 when UChicago finished 26-8. UChicago still has three games left on its schedule with a three-game series set at Case Western Reserve May 12-13. The Maroons topped Grinnell and Luther College in two wins Saturday in Grinnell, Iowa. 

UCHICAGO 5, GRINNELL 4
The Maroons got on the board early and held off the Pioneers (16-19) late to earn a close win in Sunday's opener.

First-year David Clarke set the new single-season save record in the process with his seventh of the year, breaking William Katzka's mark of six set in 2012. Clarke came into pitch in the middle of the seventh with two runners on second and third with one out and the Maroons up, 5-3.

Despite a sacrifice fly that scored one for the Pioneers, Clarke got out of the inning with another pop out to the mound to seal the win.

UChicago opened the scoring in the second frame when Payton Jancsy singled to center for his first of two RBI to put the Maroons up, 1-0. The third inning proved to be a big one for the visitors, as the Maroons plated three to take a 4-0 lead.

Maximiliano Larsen tripled to right center to kick off the inning's scoring, followed by RBI from Josh Parks (single) and Brady Sarkon (single).

The Pioneers would answer with two runs in the third, including a home run by Nathan Zaroban. But Jancsy would strike again with his second RBI in the sixth, plating Sakron with an RBI groundout to make it 5-1, Maroons.

Zaroban belted his second home run of the game in the sixth before Clarke came away with the seventh-inning save.

First-year Chandler Yu earned his second win of the year for the Maroons, allowing just three hits, two earned runs and striking out five in 4 and 2/3 innings pitched.

Jancsy finished with two hits and two RBI, Parks was 2-for-3 with an RBI, Sarkon 2-for-3 with and RBI and Larsen 1-for-3 with a triple and RBI. Parks added two stolen bases while Sarkon and Brian Lyle added one apiece for UChicago.

 

UCHICAGO 19, GRINNELL 9
The Maroons blew open what was a two-run game with 10 runs in a wild sixth inning to come away with a big Game 2 win Sunday.

First-year Zach Morochnik was credited with the win for his fourth of the year, striking out two.

Brady Sarkon started the game with an RBI-single to put the Maroons up 1-0, but the Pioneers answered with a run of their own to tie it up at 1-all after one frame. 

The teams traded single runs again in the third – for the Maroons, courtesy of Connor Hickey's RBI flyout – before Grinnell took a brief two-run lead in the fourth after another Zaroban home run and a Riley Guieb sacrifice fly.

That only set up a five-run fifth for UChicago, as Maximiliano Larsen doubled to score Brian Lyle (single) to start things off. Sarkon (walk), Payton Jancsy (hit by pitch), James Kelly (hit by pitch) and Drew Ventrelle (walk) all added RBIs in the inning as the hosts struggled on the mound, giving UChicago a 7-4 lead.

Grinnell answered with one run in the fifth to trim the Maroons lead to two, 7-5, but  a 10-run sixth was looming for UChicago.

Josh Parks' two-RBI double kicked it off, followed by a two-RBI single from Sarkon. Jancsy (single), Lyle (walk), Connor Hickey (hit by pitch), Larsen (two-RBI single) added RBI, capped by another Parks' RBI on a sacrifice fly to give the Maroons a commanding 17-5 lead.

While Grinnell would add two runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh, Drew Ventrelle (sacrifice fly RBI) and Hickey (RBI double) added to UChicago's scoring in the seventh to cushion any chance of a Pioneer comeback.

Ian Bohn had three hits in the game and six Maroons had two hits each, led by Sarkon's 2-for-4 performance with four RBI. Hickey (2-for-4, double, triple) added three RBI, as did Larsen (2-for-5, double) and Parks (2-for-3, two doubles).

Jancsy (1-for2) and Ventrelle added two RBI each for the Maroons.

 

NEXT GAMES:

  • May 12: UChicago at Case Western Reserve (DH), 12 PM ET