The Saginaw Sugar Beets (20-14-0) swept the Xenia (OH.) Scouts (9-25-0) with a 3-2 win yesterday, followed by an 11-4 victory in a rain-shortened game, which was called due to inclement weather after six innings at Grady Field in Xenia, OH tonight.
The Sugar Beets jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first when Noah Marcoux (Davenport University) walked, stole second base, then was driven in on an RBI-single by Ryan Robinette (Lawrence Tech) for a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, before Xenia responded when Graham Welch (University of Texas Tyler) drove in Chandler Chambers (Lipscomb University) with an RBI-single to tie the game at 1-run apiece in the bottom of the first.
After building a 5-1 lead with 4-runs in the third inning, the Sugar Beets broke the game wide open in the fourth when Marcoux reached on an error to lead off the inning, followed by Cooper Marshall (Western Michigan University) and Connor Charping (Western Michigan University) who were each hit by consecutive pitches respectively, loading the bases, which led to another RBI-single by Robinette to score Marcoux from third, before Brady Wood (Adrian College) was walked, as Marshall scored on a wild pitch, while Sean Fannon (Lawrence Tech) became the third Sugar Beets player hit by a pitch in the inning, allowing Charping to score for an 8-1 Saginaw lead with nobody out.
Robinette then scored on a sac fly RBI by Max Trucks (Alma College) to continue the rally, before Wood and Fannon were both driven in on a 2-RBI single by Ryan Missal (Western Michigan University) extending the Sugar Beets lead to 11-1 in the top of the fourth inning.
The Scouts would not go away quietly, however, starting a comeback with a run in the fourth when Truman Brown (Austin Peay State University) scored on a wild pitch, while adding another run when Felix King (the Masters College) scored on a ground-out in the fifth, before Zach Bacon (Glenville State College) singled to drive in Caleb Eder (Indiana Wesleyan University) to cut the Saginaw lead to 11-4 in the bottom of the sixth inning, where the game was eventually called due to weather.
Ryan Jungbauer (University of Northwestern Ohio) picked up the win for Saginaw after giving up 3-runs on 3-hits and 2-walks, while striking out an impressive 9-batters through 5-innings of work tonight.
Robinette led the Sugar Beets from the dish, going 3 for 4 with 2-RBI's and 2-runs scored, while Wood finished 2 for 3 with an RBI, 1-walk, and 2-runs scored.
The Beets will now return home to welcome the Lake Erie Monarchs for a 1:35 pm double header at Cardinal Stadium on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University Sunday afternoon.