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Mary Baldwin baseball uses early charge to avoid sweep against Averett Sunday afternoon

Mary Baldwin University scored a combined seven runs over the opening three innings to avoid a three-game sweep with a win over Averett in USA South Conference action Sunday afternoon at John Moxie Stadium …

STAUNTON, Va. — Mary Baldwin University scored a combined seven runs over the opening three innings to avoid a three-game sweep with an 8–5 win over Averett in USA South Conference action Sunday afternoon at John Moxie Stadium.

A day after being blown out in both games of a doubleheader, Mary Baldwin came out focused on a bit of revenge and started right away on its mission, scoring a pair of runs in its first at-bat to take an early 2–0 lead on Chase Davis’ single.

Averett got it back in the top of the second as sophomore Hudson Rowe slugged a solo home run, his second of the weekend, and sophomore Brandt Brophy knocked an RBI single that knotted the score at 2–2.

Not to be outdone, the Fighting Squirrels bounced back and struck for two runs in its half of the second to take a two-run lead. Michael Barber scored the go-ahead run courtesy of a Cougars’ throwing error and Michael Robertson made it a 4–2 contest with his RBI single.

The third inning proved the difference as Mary Baldwin (4–13, 1–2 USA South) tagged Averett for a trio of runs to take a five-run lead. Tucker Hensley scored the frame’s first run on a Cougars’ error and Barber brought in the second with his RBI sacrifice bunt back to the pitcher. Jacob Cude rounded out the big inning with his run-scoring single that gave the Fighting Squirrels a 7–2 cushion.

Averett (7–12, 2–1) struck back with a run in the fifth on junior Nolan Maccabe’s single that scored Brophy and pulled the Cougars within four. Averett’s offense struck again in the sixth, plating a run on Maccabe’s bases-loaded walk that pulled the Cougars within three at 7–4.

Carrying the momentum into the seventh, Averett pulled within two on freshman Zach Smith’s RBI sacrifice fly to right field that made it a 7–5 game.

Hensley stole the momentum back from the Cougars in the Fighting Squirrels’ half of the seventh with his RBI double that gave Mary Baldwin a three-run cushion heading into the final two innings.

Maccabe led Averett with a pair of RBIs while Rowe, Brophy and Nate Tuck recorded a pair of hits apiece for the Cougars. Brophy, Rowe and Smith drove in the other runs for Averett.

Kyle Measell picked up the win for Mary Baldwin, giving up five runs, four earned, on eight hits and striking out five in 6.1 innings pitched.

Averett returns to action March 22 when it hosts Tuft University in non-conference action at 2 p.m.

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