Maus' First Professional Hit Is A Walk-Off Game Winner As Saints Sweep Doubleheader With 5-4 Extra Inning Win In Game 2ST. PAUL, MN June 17, 2014
MAUS’ FIRST PROFESSIONAL HIT IS A WALK-OFF WINNER AS SAINTS SWEEP DOUBLEHEADER WITH 5-4 EXTRA INNING WIN IN GAME 2
ST. PAUL, MN (June 17, 2014) – The MIAC is familiar with Sam Maus. He earned All-Region and All-MIAC with the St. Olaf Oles this season, but on Tuesday evening he collected his first professional hit. It just happened to be a walk-off RBI single that gave the St. Paul Saints a 5-4 win in game two of the doubleheader over the Lincoln Saltdogs at Midway Stadium in front of 4,138. The victory gave the Saints a sweep of the doubleheader.
With the game tied going to the bottom of the eighth, in a game scheduled for seven, Willie Cabrera led off by reaching on a two base throwing error by third baseman Eddie Young. With one out Dwight Childs walked. That brought up Maus who was 0-6 in his professional career with the Saints. He delivered by looping a 1-2 pitch into left field that scored Cabrera for the game winner.
The Saints managed to get to extra innings by coming from behind in the sixth. Trailing 4-2 Angelo Songco led off with a double. With one out Cabrera and Joey Becker drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Saltdogs starter Marquis Fleming left the game for reliever Ian Kadish. Pinch hitter Jake Taylor greeted him with a two-run double down the right field line tying the game. After Maus walked to load the bases, Devin Thaut struck out and Joe Bonfe grounded out to end the inning leaving the bases loaded.
The Saltdogs jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first when Saints starter Robert Coe walked the leadoff hitter Chad Mozingo. Luis Nunez singled him to third. With one out Brian Joynt’s fielder’s choice scored Mozingo to make it 1-0.
The Saints took a 2-1 lead in the third when Maus walked with one out. With two outs Bonfe walked. Evan Bigley and Songco had back-to-back RBI singles to give the Saints the lead.
The Saltdogs regained the lead in the fifth when Mozingo hit a solo homer with one out, his second of the season, tying the game at two. Nunez followed with a single and moved to third on a double by Matt Forgatch. Joynt gave the Saltdogs a 3-2 lead on an RBI single and Mike Gilmartin’s sac fly made it 4-2.
The same two teams meet in game three of a four game series on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. at Midway Stadium. The Saints start RHP Nick Barnese (3-1, 3.48) against Saltdogs RHP Justin Kuks (0-0, 4.08). It is the return of 2008s Purple Game. The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.