Baseball Sweeps Greenville in Impressive Fashion, Sees Records Broken

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Tyler Branneky, ’17, prepares to swing at a pitch during a game against Fontbonne University. PHOTO COURTESY OF WESTMINSTER ATHLETICS.

 

BY BEN CAMPBELL
SPORTS EDITOR

The Westminster baseball team swept Greenville in a two-game series over the weekend. It dominated the first game 21-0 and took the second game of the series 11-6.

Deion Hughes, ‘16, (7-0), was credited with the complete game shutout in Game One, as he struck out eight and  allowed six hits in the seven-inning win. Hughes, Tyler Branneky, ‘16, and Blake Strebler, ‘18, each had three hits. In the second inning, Strebler hit his first collegiate home run, a three-run shot that increased the Blue Jays’ lead to 4-0.

Branneky led the team with six RBI, and Connor Hager, ‘16, hit for the cycle, recording a single, double, triple and home run.

In Game Two, Adam Mundle, ‘18, paced the offense with three hits and five different Blue Jays drove in runs, including Nick Bolhmann, ’17, with three. Collin Brinker, ‘18, got his third win of the season, going seven innings and striking out five. Tanner Branneky, ‘17 pitched the last two innings in relief and picked up his second save of the season.

In a rematch of the Conference Championship from last season, the Jays recognized the need to take care of business.

“We needed a couple of quality wins, so being able to beat a quality conference opponent feels great,” Hager said. “As a team we took care of the little things, kept putting runs up and stayed solid defensively.”

Over the weekend, Branneky broke two career records and tied a third, adding to the two he broke earlier in the season (hits and total bases). He is now also the career leader in runs (126) and RBI (126) and tied for the career lead in home runs (23).

He attributes his success to his work ethic, as well as the team around him.

“It’s rewarding to see hard work pay off,” Branneky said. “I think the lifting and batting practice we do in the offseason helps contributes to the success. Being part of such a talented team is a huge factor too; without them it’d be tough to do well.”

After a 2-2 spring break trip, the Blue Jays are now 13-7 (4-1 in conference). On April 5, they will have a double header against conference opponent Principia beginning at 3 p.m.

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