Chris Novachis pitched five innings of two-run ball, and Travis Flint went three-for-four at the plate, as the McMaster Marauders baseball team took the first half of a doubleheader, 5-2, against the visiting Western Mustangs on Sunday (Sept. 22). McMaster was less fortunate in the second half of the Ontario University Athletics doubleheader, dropping a 6-2 decision that saw the Marauders commit three errors.
Travis Flint had a strong showing in the opener of a double header against Western. (Photo: Cameron Dunlop/McMaster Athletics)
McMaster (3-8) hit Western pitcher Christian Davies early and often throughout the Sunday matinee’s opener, and raced to a 2-0 lead when Davies walked three and surrendered two hits in the first inning. That lead swelled to four runs in the second, when Flint singled to drive in Cody Nason, and Eric Telford scored on a fielder’s choice.
The Mustangs got on the board in the third, when Cam Graham’s bases-loaded single to centre field plated two runs and cut the Marauders lead in half. But those were the only runs McMaster’s pitchers allowed in the opening game.
Novachis bounced back in the fourth inning by setting down the Mustangs in order, and his team responded by adding a fifth run in the bottom half. After Flint stole second, Mike Campagnolo singled to left field to drive him in for his second RBI of the game.
Keith Woodcock entered the game to begin the sixth, and pitched two scoreless innings in relief to secure the win for Novachis.
The team continues its OUA campaign on Thursday (Sept. 26), when the Marauders welcome the Laurier Golden Hawks (5-3) to Bernie Arbour Stadium for a doubleheader.