Saint Martin’s baseball team loses 2 games against GNAC-leading MSU-Billings

The Saint Martin’s University baseball team wasn’t much of a spoiler Saturday.

In a repeat of Friday, the Saints lost both games of a doubleheader against Montana State-Billings, which maintained its iron-like grip lead atop the Great Northwest Athletic Conference standings.

In the opener, Saint Martin’s starter Zach Carter labored through 81/3 innings, allowing 15 hits, nine runs — eight of them earned — and one walk, striking out six in a 9-1 loss to the Yellowjackets.

Designated hitter Trevor Nix was 2 for 4 at the plate with a double and home run for MSU Billings as the Saints collected twelve hits but couldn’t drive anyone home save the one run.

In the nightcap, Saint Martin’s (16-34, 8-24 GNAC) was shut out by the combined pitching duo of Cody Cooper and Jake Mills in a 5-0 loss to the Yellowjackets.

Saints starter Brad Banker pitched four innings allowing eight hits, five earned runs and walked one in the loss.

With the two wins, MSU Billings (27-21, 22-10) were named regular-season champion, finishing a game ahead of Western Oregon.

Saint Martin’s plays two more games against MSU-Billings beginning at noon Sunday at Saints Field in Lacey in the season finale.