Tying a season-high for runs scored in the first game of a doubleheader, Saint Martin’s swept preseason conference favorite Central Washington, 14-8 and 7-4, in the teams’ Great Northwest Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader Saturday afternoon.
The games originally were scheduled to be played in Lacey, but were moved to CWU Field earlier after rain was forecast for the South Sound. CWU will play in Lacey for a four-game series April 25-26.
The Saints (10-14 overall, 4-6 GNAC) used a six-run eighth inning to take the lead for good following a 6-6 tie in the opener. Pinch-hitter Jake Huskey’s grand slam on a 1-0 count pushed Saint Martin’s lead to 12-6 to cap the six-run inning after Kaelen Hirashiki began the scoring with a double to right-center field.
In the second game, late-game scoring propelled the Saints again with the help of Huskey. His sacrifice fly drove in Hirashiki for a 6-4 lead in the seventh inning, part of a three-run inning after a 4-4 tie. Central Washington (12-12) committed 12 errors — six in each game.
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Hirashiki went a combined 5-for-10 with six runs scored and three RBIs, and Travis Shaw was 4-for-10 with five runs scored.
Saints sweep Wildcats: First-place Saint Martin’s combined for 36 runs in its 19-7 and 17-9 doubleheader sweep of Central Washington in Ellensburg.
Senior pitcher Sam Munger improved to 11-3 in the circle with the Game 1 victory, throwing a complete game, allowing six earned runs and also going 2-for-5 at the plate with two RBIs. Seven Saints had at least two hits, including Jackie Schmaeling and Lindsay Miller with three each.
In the nightcap, the Saints (21-12, 7-1) scored in all but the second inning, led by Megan Miller, who went 4-for-5 with six RBIs. Her three-run home run in the third inning gave the Saints a 6-2 lead.