Baseball | Mayo 2-11, Austin 0-1

MAYO 2-11, AUSTIN 0-1

Pitchers shine in sweep

Rochester Mayo got a pair of strong pitching performances and swept a Big Nine Conference doubleheader from Austin on Tuesday night at Hudson Field.

Garrett Benson pitched a complete game in the opening win, with six strikeouts and four walks. The senior right-hander improved to 2-0.

Ben O’Reilly allowed only two hits in the shortened five-inning second game, with six strikeouts and one walk. O’Reilly, a junior right-hander, got his first decision this season.


"Ben looked good on the hill; he was a big, big plus for us," Mayo coach Dan Hoefs said. "Garrett allowed a lot of base runners, with seven hits and four walks, but he got the tough outs when he needed to."

Mayo improved to 6-2 overall and 5-2 in the conference. Austin is 1-6, 0-6 in the Big Nine.

Mayo got all the runs it needed in the first game in the first inning, when Travis Nordhus tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Benson. Kelby Halling added a solo home run in the fourth for the Spartans.

Austin out-hit Mayo 7-5 in the first game. Mark Harber and Joel Swatfager had two hits apiece, and Harber pitched a complete game for the loss.

Nordhus was the hitting star in the second game, going 3-for-4 with a double, triple and three RBIs. Corey Black had a two-run single.

Mayo returns to action Thursday with a single game at Owatonna.


Austin 000 000 0 — 0 7 2


Mayo 100 100 x — 2 5 0

LP: Mark Harber 6 IP, 7 K, 0 BB, 2 ER.

WP: Garrett Benson 7 IP, 6 K, 4 BB.


Austin 100 00 — 1 2 5

Mayo 501 5x — 11 9 1

LP: Adam Hemann 2 2/3 IP.

WP: Ben O’Reilly 5 IP, 6 K, 1 BB.

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