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College baseball: Saints grind out vital victory

The second game of the doubleheader went 13 innings.

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ST. PETER, Minn. — St. Scholastica split a doubleheader at Gustavus Adolphus on Tuesday, with a 13-inning win in game two providing a key victory that keeps the Saints in the thick of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference baseball playoff race.

CSS claimed a 3-2 victory in the nightcap. Jack Harris' one-out double put a man in scoring position for the Saints, and Zach Harding drove him in with an RBI single. Grant Mergen retired the side in order in the bottom half of the inning to finish the win.

Harris and Miles Liebren had two hits apiece for the Saints.

Dallas Miller allowed two runs on six hits in nine innings for CSS. Mergen pitched perfect innings in the 12th and 13th to earn his third win of the season.

The Gusties took game one 7-1, holding CSS to four singles for the seven innings and pulling away with two runs in the fifth and three in the sixth inning.

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Jack Perala took the loss, allowing three runs on four hits over 4 1/3 innings.

CSS (14-16, 9-9 UMAC) is part of a three-way tie for the fourth and final playoff spot in the MIAC standings. The Saints' final doubleheader of the regular season is on Saturday at last-place Hamline.

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