DAYTON, Ohio- The #16 team in the country according to NJCAA Polls, Sinclair Tartans, improved to 15-3 on the season by sweeping Grand Rapids in three games. Pitchers Mitch Asman, Daniel Sexton, and Alex Anders all recorded their third wins for the season on the mound. Sinclair has scored seven or more runs in all but four games so far this season.
GAME 1 (Saturday, March 8th)
After allowing a leadoff triple, a run, and five hits in the first two innings, Sophomore pitcher Mitch Asman shut down the Raider bats. Asman pitched six more scoreless innings only allowing two hits and walking one. Offensively the Pride answered in the first inning with an Tyler Cowles sacrifice fly to center and would score in four more frames. Most of the damage was done in the 5th, when the offense scored four runs on three hits capped off by an Andrew Holderman single that scored two.
Final Score: #16 Sinclair 9 Grand Rapids 1
WP: Mitch Asman (3-1), 8IP 7H ER 2BB's 6K's
GAME 2 (Sunday, March 9th)
The Pride defense struggled early in game two which led to starter Daniel Sexton's higher pitch count than normal. Sexton settled in though after allowing two runs in the first two innings (one earned) with a strong seven inning performance. Eight starters in the Tartan offense collected hits while Alex Young and Alec Turner has multi-hit games.
Final Score: #16 Sinclair 8 Grand Rapids 3
WP: Daniel Sexton (3-0) 7IP 5H ER 2BB's 8K's
Offensive Leaders: Alex Young 2-3 3R 3BB's 5SB's, Alec Turner 2-4 2RS HR (5) 3RBI's BB, Brody Basilone 1-3 RBI 2BB's.
GAME 3 (Sunday, March 9th)
As with every game of the series, Grand Rapids struck first with a run in the second off starter Alex Anders. The Tartan bats responded though in the bottom half with a solo homerun from Brody Basilone and an RBI double from Ty Amann. Jimmy White and Alec Turner also homered in the game and the Sinclair offense finished the day with eleven runs on eleven hits. Anders pitched six strong innings and Johnny Crawford and Mason Aelker pitched the final three.
Final Score: #16 Sinclair 11 Grand Rapids 3
WP: Alex Anders (3-1) 6IP 4H 2ER 3BB's 4K's.
Sinclair is back in action this week as they Mott C.C. on Tuesday, and begin OCCAC play this weekend against Owens starting on Friday.
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Patrick Kaindl Sports Information Director Sinclair Athletics