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Nick Wilson had the game-winning RBI in the 9th in game one
Nick Wilson had the game-winning RBI in the 9th in game one

Wilson Leads CMS Baseball to Big Road Sweep of Redlands

REDLANDS, Calif. – Nick Wilson had the tiebreaking RBI single in the ninth inning in the opener, then had five RBI in the nightcap, as the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps baseball team swept a road doubleheader from Redlands on Saturday afternoon, 4-3 and 10-3.

With the sweep, CMS improves to 20-7 and 10-4 in the SCIAC, reaching the 20-win plateau for the second straight season, while Redlands falls to 12-18 overall and 4-12 in conference play.

In the opening game, CMS led 3-0 as Jarrett Korson took a no-hitter into the eighth, but Redlands was able to string together five hits to tie the game 3-3. Bryce Didrickson came up with a big defensive play in left field, throwing out the potential go-ahead runner at the plate on an attempted sacrifice fly to end the inning.

In the ninth, Julian Sanders led off with a double and went to third on a passed ball. One out later, Wilson found the hole in the right side to plate Sanders with the winning run. Hamilton Finefrock pitched the bottom of the ninth, earning the save, with only one runner reaching via an error. Mitchell Mashiko was 2-for-4 in the opener, while Wilson, Sanders, and Paul Roche were each 2-for-5. Korson ended up striking out nine batters to get the win.

In the nightcap, CMS trailed 2-0 through five, then scored a run in the sixth, four in the seventh, and five in the eighth to break it open.

Roche had an RBI single in the sixth to cut the deficit in half, and Jack Potter gave the Stags the lead for good in the seventh with a two-run double to right center. Wilson then followed with a two-run single to give CMS a 5-2 lead.

After Cade Kritsch had an RBI groundout in the eighth, Roche had his second RBI single in as many innings with the bases loaded, and Wilson followed with a three-run triple to clear the bases and make the score 10-2.

Roche finished the nightcap 4-for-5, while Tyler Shaw and Wilson were each 2-for-4. Dominic Rolla went six innings to get the win for the Stags, striking out seven, while Andrew Blackett threw two shutout innings of relief, striking out three, while Bryant Smaaladen closed it out in the ninth allowing just an unearned run.

CMS and Redlands will complete the three-game series tomorrow with a single game at Azusa Pacific, which will begin at 12 noon.