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Midway baseball off to 3-0 start in conference play

DANNY MAGUIRE, a senior from Dana Point, Calif., went 5 for 8 with a double, a home run, six RBI’s and six runs scored as Midway swept a three-game series from Asbury University. (Midway Athletics photo)

The Midway University baseball team opened River States Conference play this past weekend when they hosted Asbury University at Chandler Field in Versailles.

The Eagles got off to a perfect 3-0 start in RSC play after they swept the three-game series from Asbury (6-7, 0-3 RSC). Midway scored double digit runs in each game, while outscoring the opposition 36-13 to push their record to 7-10 overall and 3-0 in league play.

Midway opened the series with a 10-0 run-rule victory on Friday, March 2. The home team scored five in the third, four in the fourth and one in the sixth en route to the 10-0 victory.

The Eagles got a combined one-hitter from the duo of Brandon Aoki and Anibal Salado on the bump. Aoki (1-2) got the win after allowing just one hit in five innings of work. He also struck out six. Salado tossed the final two innings and didn’t allow a hit with two strikeouts.

Barrett Croslin and Graeham Luttor led the way at the plate with two hits apiece. Both collected two RBI’s and one run scored. Carlos Cespedes added a base hit and two RBI’s. Kurt Paldino and Matthew Olson tallied one RBI each, while Paldino scored three runs and Olson had one.

The two teams wrapped up their series with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 3. Midway picked up a 12-2 run-rule victory in game one. Then in the second, they trailed 11-5, but plated nine runs in the bottom of the sixth en route to the 14-11 victory.

In game one, Midway got another strong pitching performance from the duo of Chase Heslep and Conner Lindsay. Heslep (1-1) got the win allowing two runs on three hits in five innings of work. Lindsey didn’t allow a hit in the final two innings as he fanned two batters.

Midway hit a pair of two-run home runs in the game thanks to Luttor and Zach Lampreia. Both had two RBI’s, while Luttor scored twice. Cespedes had two RBI’s and a run, while Paldino, Olson, Haden Fox and Koy Lindsey had one RBI apiece. Olson also had three hits and three runs. Layne Peavler and Paldino both added two runs each.

Then in game two after Midway trailed 11-5, they plated nine runs in the bottom of the sixth to walk away with the 14-11 victory. Layne Peavler hit a game-tying double, while Danny Maguire crushed a three-run home run to give Midway the 14-11 lead in the sixth.

Maguire’s big day helped lead Midway to the win. He went a perfect 3 for 3 with six RBI’s and three runs scored. Peavler also had a big day with two RBI’s and three runs scored, while Paldino had two RBI’s and Lindsey had one. Eight Eagles also scored one run each in the win.

Midway used four different pitchers in the win. Cameron McAnally started the game and couldn’t get an out allowing four runs, on five hits. Tyler Jones followed McAnally and tossed four innings allowing four runs – three earned – with five punch outs. Mark Taylor tossed .1 innings allowing two runs – one earned.

The beneficiary of the nine run sixth was reliever, Matthew Olson. The sophomore from Louisville, Ky. pitched the final 2.2 innings allowing just one run to go with three strikeouts.

Midway will return to action this weekend when they host conference foe, Indiana University Kokomo for a three-game set. The two are scheduled to play one game at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 9, while playing a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1 p.m.

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