The red-hot Hornets took a doubleheader from Skyline Monday to extend their winning streak to nine.
Saline defeated Skyline 5-0 and 8-5.
The Hornets are off to a 5-0 start in the SEC Red.
“It’s a nice way to start. So now we’ll focus on going over to Skyline and trying to get another one,” Saline head coach Scott Theisen said.
Sophomore Cole Daniels had yet another big day for the Hornets. On the mound, Daniels threw a five-hit shutout. He struck out nine and walked one. At the plate, he launched a homerun onto the hill beyond the fence in center-right field.
“Cole pitched well. He didn’t have his best stuff today but he did a good job finding the strike zone,” Theisen said.
Junior Jake Finkbeiner went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Zach Schwartzenberger, Thomas Miller, Richard Hovde, Cal Livesay. and Sean Millspaugh also had hits.
The Hornets scored one in the second. Finkbeiner led off with a single. He advanced on a single by Hovde and scored when Livesay hit into a fielder’s choice. In the third, Schuby led off by reaching base on an error. He came around and scored on a passed ball.
Daniels followed with his bomb to center-rightfield. In the fifth Miller reached base on a one-out single. He scored on a single by Finkbeiner. Millspaugh singled to lead off the sixth. Pinch runner Ryan Foley stole home for Saline’s final run.
Richard Hovde got the start in the second game. After giving up a run in the first, Saline went to work. Zach Schwartzenberger led off the bottom of the first with double to left-center. He scored on a single by Zach Owings. A sac fly by Daniels made it 2-1. Saline added a third run on a fielder’s choice.
In the top of the inning Skyline loaded the bases but Hovde escaped by catching a hitter looking for the third out. In the bottom of the second, Stevie Kise singled.
Zach Schwartzenberger stepped up and swatted the ball over the fence for a 5-1 lead.
In the fourth, Hovde gave way to reliever Kellan Huang, who left two men on base when he struck out an Eagle for the third out. Saline added two more runs in the bottom of the inning. Kise led off with a single and scored on a sac fly from Miller. Daniels then scored Schwartzenberger with a single to right. Saline led 7-1.
The Eagles made it a game in the fifth, scoring four runs with a couple of seeing-eye hits and a couple of defensive miscues by the Hornets.
In the bottom of the fifth, Kise had a two-out single. He stole second and then scored on a single by Schwartzenberger.
Schwartzenberger pitched the sixth. He allowed one base runner but shut down the Eagles. The game was called due to darkness.
Saline visits Skyline Wednesday to wrap up their season series.