Baseball: Saints split Saturday series at MSUB

A five-run ninth inning propelled Saint Martin’s to a 12-7 extra-inning victory over Montana State-Billings in the second game of a Great Northwest Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader Saturday to deny a sweep by the Yellowjackets at Dehler Park.

Senior Carl Svanevik’s eighth-inning two-run homer to right field, his seventh on the year, gave the Saints a 7-5 lead, but MSUB scored two in the home half of the eighth to tie the game at 7-all. In the ninth, the Saints scored five runs on three hits, sparked by a two-run home run by Chandler Tracy, his 11th on the year, and a two-RBI single by Svanevik.

The win came after MSUB’s 11-10 walk-off victory in Game 1 when Luke Reinschmidt’s game-winning RBI single to center field in the ninth broke a 10-all tie after SMU rallied in the top half of the ninth by scoring two on Travis Shaw’s two-RBI double.

SMU is now 13-17 overall and 7-9 in the GNAC after dropping three of four over the weekend in Billings.

In Game 2, with the contest tied at 5 in the seventh, MSUB loaded the bases with one out but Saints reliever Josh Moss, a Rochester High graduate, struck out Casey Merritt and got Myles Berkram to fly out to left to send the game into extras.

Starter Nick Mailhot, a Northwest Christian graduate who went 52/3 innings, gave up four earned runs on eight hits in the no-decision.