Mounties sweep Minnesota-Crookston
The Mountaineers pounded out 22 runs over two games to sweep Minnesota Crookston Friday afternoon at Jack Russell Stadium. Mansfield took game one in a 6-0 decision before cruising to a 16-2 win in the nightcap.
Junior Seth Tressler continued his red-hot hitting, going 5-for-9 from the plate while scoring three runs and plating six runners.
In the opener, Mansfield pushed its first run home on Tressler's sacrifice fly to left to bring in Max Miller.
Brandon Miller and Max Miller started off the bottom of the fifth with a pair of singles before moving into scoring position on a ground out. Tressler's single to centerfield brought in both Millers and put Mansfield up 3-0.
In the bottom of the sixth, Joey Andrews drew a lead-off walk before Anthony Renz and Conor Thompson reached on singles to load up the bases. Brandon Miller took a base on balls on the ensuing at bat to bring in Andrews.
Mitch Isenecker, who pinch ran for Renz, and Thompson we both brought home on fielder's choices to give the Mounties a 6-0 advantage.
Jonathan Earnest came in to relieve starting pitcher Danny Brown in the top of the seventh where he retired three straight batters to close out the game.
Brown earned the win in his first start on the mound this season for Mansfield. The senior gave up just three hits while issuing three walks. Crookston's Jon Mittag took the loss after pitching 5.0 innings and surrendering nine hits and six earned runs.
In game two, Dylan Woodworth belted a lead-off triple to right field then reached home on a Tressler RBI single on the next at bat. Tressler stole a bag and advanced to third on a fly out before being plated by Andrews.
Crookston put a run on the board in the bottom of the second inning when Jordan Prill reached home on a sacrifice fly.
After two scoreless innings, Mansfield hung eight runs on the board in the fifth. The Mountaineers opened the frame by hitting six consecutive hits and totaled nine hits before recording their first out.
Mansfield put up five more runs in the sixth and another in the seventh to put the game way out of reach.
Dan Harms came away with the victory after making his first appearance on the mound for the Mountaineers. Harms allowed just one hit and one earned run while fanning six batters.
Tressler went 4-for-6 in game two with three runs and three RBIs to lead MU offensively. Renz and Brandon Miller each had three hits in the game with Miller crossing home plate three times.
The Mountaineers totaled 19 hits as a team in the game and 28 on the day.
Mansfield has a day off before traveling to St. Leo for a doubleheader on Monday, March 18.