The Anderson University men's baseball team had chances in the sixth and seventh inning to take the lead against Marian University (5-12), but failed to do so. The Ravens (12-5) were finally able to break through in the ninth with a walk-off hit to win 3-2 Wednesday at Victory Field.
Sophomore John Clawson hit an infield single with the bases loaded and drove in freshman Austin Long for the winning run. vIn the sixth inning, Anderson University had runners on first and second with only one out, before sophomore Drew Kidd grounded out in a 4-6-3 double play to end the threat. The following inning, the Ravens had the bases loaded with two outs. Junior Nate Clem hit a sharp line drive, but it was right at the Knights’ third baseman. vIn the top of the ninth, Marian University had a runner on first with one out. After a strikeout by sophomore Dan Schmitz, junior catcher Michael Tucker quickly threw the ball to first baseman Clem and was able to catch a Knight runner off-guard to complete an inning-ending double play.
Anderson University used six different pitchers. Schmitz walked away with the win. He pitched two innings, allowing two hits and striking out two while walking none.
The Ravens tallied 10 hits, all singles. Tucker and Clawson each had a hit and an RBI.
The game saw five players hit by a pitch. The Knights pitchers had four, while the Ravens had one.
AU hosts Franklin on Friday at 4 p.m.
—Nick Fortini is a reporter for The Herald Bulletin. Story republished with permission.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.