MOUNT VERNON — Joe Sickler drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh inning, but Malone reliever Branden Carey got out of the jam to protect a 4-3 win and complete the Pioneers’ doubleheader sweep of the University of Findlay baseball team on Friday.
Malone also won the opener, 3-1, in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup played at Mount Vernon University’s Cougar Stadium.
UF trimmed a 4-0 deficit in half with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, then rallied in the seventh before Carey retired the Oilers. UF (3-9, 0-2 GLIAC) managed just four hits in the game, two of them singles by Logan Harrah. Hayden Mobley, who had two hits for Malone in the opener, had a two-run single in game two.
Logan Gray doubled in two runs in a three-run fourth inning and Matt Wheeler had a double and two singles to lead Malone (7-11, 2-1 GLIAC) in the first game. Sickler had two of Findlay’s three hits, including a solo home run in the first inning.
Malone 000 300 0 — 3 9 0 Findlay 100 000 0 — 1 3 0
WP — Baker (2-2). LP — Hargrove (1-3). top hitters: (Mal) Wheeler 2-1B, 2B; Gray 2B, 2 RBI; Mobley 2-1B. (UF) Sickler HR, 1B, RBI.
Malone 002 200 0 — 4 4 1 Findlay 000 020 1 — 3 4 2
WP — McDonald (1-1). LP — Mayberry (1-2). top hitters: (Mal) Mobley 1B, 2 RBI. (UF) Harrah 2-1B; Garcia 1B, RBI.
records: Malone 7-11 overall, 2-1 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference; Findlay 3-9, 0-2 GLIAC.