AUBERNDALE, Fla. -- The MCLA baseball team was swept Wednesday morning by Gordon College. The Trailblazers dropped the opener 8-1 before falling 15-8 in the nightcap.
In the opener, the Fighting Scots crossed the plate seven times in the top of the first off MCLA (1-5) starter Ross Miner. Gordon used four hits and three errors in the inning to take ultimate control. The big blow was a two-run double from Brian Harrington. Miner settled down after the first and allowed just one more run over the next four innings.
Gordon starter Scott Hall was in command, breezing through six innings and allowing just four hits and striking out three to earn the win. Harrington finished with three hits as did Eric Rinaldi. Gordon outhit MCLA 13-5 in the contest. Chase Preite had two hits for the Trailblazers.
In the nightcap, MCLA jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in its half of the first. Tyler Benoit and Rory Slattery had RBI singles, while a Gordon error and wild pitch allowed two other runs to come across. MCLA tacked on another in the second as Mike Sullivan doubled home Slayter Aubin, who started the frame off with a single.
Gordon rally though against DJ Clark and some sloppy defense from the Trailblazers. The leadoff hitter reached on an error and Gordon used three hits and three wild pitches to pull even at 6 after the frame, chasing Clark.
After a scoreless third, Gordon took control with a three-run fourth off reliever Robert
MCLA attempted to rally in the sixth as Cody Weaver drove in a pair with a bases-loaded double; however, Rory Slattery struck out to end the threat. Gordon added six insurance runs as MCLA committed a pair of costly miscues to put the game out of reach.
John Kanas earned the win for Gordon tossing a scoreless fifth. Jutras absorbed the loss for MCLA.
Aubin and Preite had three hits on the afternoon for MCLA.