STEUBENVILLE—The Franciscan University Barons baseball team unleashed 31 runs in an afternoon doubleheader split with the Hilbert College Hawks on Sunday. The Barons took game one easily from the Hawks 23-6, and despite a late comeback, fell to Hilbert in game two, 10-8.
The Barons, who were playing as the away team on their home field, jumped out to an early first inning lead as Jacob Machado led the game with his first of four doubles in game one. He came around to score on an Anthony Pontarelli double, and Pontarelli scored on a Charlie Parsons single as the Barons were on their way to their most productive offensive game of the season.
"In the first game we did everything right," said coach Robert Marrow. "We played well defensive, we pitched well, hit the ball very well. [You win games] when you play like that."
Marrow noted the outstanding play from the top of his lineup, especially Machado who finished game one 5-6 with four doubles, four RBI and five runs scored. "Jake has the capability of doing that every time he steps on the field. Pretty much when he rolls like that, we score runs. When he and Pontarelli and Ryan Marrow get rolling, the guys in back of them kind of catch fire and off they go too." Marrow went 2-4 with a double and an RBI, and Pontarelli went 2-5 with a double, an RBI and four runs scored.
Rounding out the Franciscan offense was Charlie Parsons who went 3-3 with two RBI and three runs, Luke Starre went 3-5 with two RBI and three runs scored, Thomas Costello went 2-6 with two RBI, and Christopher Maguire went 2-4 with two RBI. Jordan Banks also had a two-RBI single. Daniel Brink got the win on the mound pitching five innings, giving seven hits and three earned runs.
"The second game was a different story," Marrow said. "We let them off the hook early, we tried battling back but we didn't play up to our level."
The Hawks jumped out to a 6-0 lead after three innings, and after Franciscan cut that lead to 6-2 in the top of the fourth, Hilbert responded with four more in the bottom of the fourth to make it 10-2. Franciscan then scored one in the fifth, three in the sixth, and had the tying run at the plate with a runner on second, but could not complete the comeback as the Barons fell 10-8.
Marrow and Parsons each went 2-3 in game two with two RBI, and losing pitcher Stephen Darrenkamp went 2-2 at the plate in his first two at-bats of the season.
The Barons move to 5-16 overall on the season and 4-8 in the conference. The team gets ready to host Mt. Aloysius College in a doubleheader Tuesday. The first game is slated to start at 1 p.m.