SHAWNEE- The Cavaliers (26-17, 9-8 SAC) took on Ecclesia College (27-17) and the two teams split the double-header. St. Gregory's won game one 4-2, but then fell 6-1 in game two.
Ecclesia got on the board first in game one, when they knocked in two runs in the top of the second inning. The Cavs would soon tie the game at two in the bottom of the third inning. Jordan Martin (SR/Moore, Okla.) scored the Cavs first run, when he was on third and a wild pitch got by the catcher. Ryan Lujan-Leonard (FR) then hit a sac-fly to left, scoring Connor Parsells (SR/Oklahoma City, Okla.). The Cavaliers took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the fifth, on a two-run homerun hit by Armando Fajardo (JR/San Mateo, Calif.).
Easton Bennett (SR/Portland, Ore.) got his first start of the season on the mound, and went the first two innings, earning a no-decision. Layton Moore (SO/Jones, Okla.) pitched 5 scoreless innings in releif, on his way to earning the win. Moore allowed only three hits and he struck out 5 batters.
Offensively, Fajardo led the Cavs with his two-RBI homer, and Connor Parsells went 2-3 with two runs scored. Brandon Marerro (JR/Carolina, Puerto Rico) went 1-1 with a single and he was also hit by two pitches.
The Royals once again jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning in game two, and the only run that SGU would score in the game came in the bottom half of the inning. Marcus Rethwill (JR/Portland, Ore.) drove in the Cavs only run, with a double to deep left-center. Ecclesia then extended their lead to 3-1 in the fifth, before adding one more in the sixth. The Royals put away the Cavaliers in the top of the seventh, when they scored their final two runs, to put St. Gregory's down by 5.
Justin Davis (SO/Oklahoma City, Okla.) went the first five innings for SGU, allowing three runs on six hits, while striking out three batters in the loss. Tyler Hebert (JR/Huffman, Texas) and Kyle Naylor (FR/Sapulpa, Okla.) each pitched one inning for the Cavs in releif.
Brandon Marerro stayed hot at the plate while going 2-3, to lead the Cavs offense. Rethwill finished 1-2 with a RBI double, and he was hit by a pitch. Adrian Soltero (SR/Oklahoma City, Okla.) and Michael Garcia (SO/Houston, Texas) each added one hit a piece as well.
Tomorrow (April 20) the Cavaliers will be back in action to face No. 1 Oklahoma City University. The game is set to begin at OCU at 6 PM. This series could mean a lot for the Cavs, as they are currently sitting in fifth place in the SAC. St. Gregory's is just a half-game back of Southwestern Christian and 2 1/2 games back of USAO for third place