PARKVILLE, Mo. – Cole Doherty drove in three runs and picked up his fourth save of the season in game two, Tuesday afternoon at Comfort Field, helping Park University complete a two-game sweep of the University of Saint Mary, beating the Spires 5-1 before holding off USM in game two, 8-6, in Parkville.
Rafael Torres-Castillo had two hits in game one and two RBIs in game two, while both Shayne Kirkwood and Connor Whitney went 3-for-4 in the second game. Doherty was 1-for-4, scoring a run, doubling in the first inning to bring in two runs and using a ground ball to drive in a third late in the game. In game one, Austin Giannola finished with two hits.
K.J. Courtney went four innings to get the win in game one, saved by game-two winner Tyler Townsend, who pitched two innings to save Courtney's win and another inning to get his own victory, in relief, in game two.
The Pirates had a two-run first on ground balls from Kirkwood and Torres-Castillo, scoring Tim Schaareman and Whitney, and in the second, Schaareman poked home two more, singling to left center to score Whitney and Giannola.
Saint Mary got its only run in the third, a ground ball to third, and Doherty added insurance with a fifth-inning double to bring in Torres-Castillo.
USM took its only lead of the day in the first inning of game two, when Mel Robles tripled in Jordan Wilkerson, but Park answered with three in its half of the first, beginning with Doherty's double, followed by a run-scoring single off the bat of David White.
A bases-loaded walk to Torres-Castillo in the second added another run, and the Pirates added two in the third and another in the fourth, as USM cut the Park lead to one run after both the top of the fourth and top of the sixth innings.
"It was good to get the wins both ways," said Park coach Cary Lundy. "We needed to extend and get away from a team on the scoreboard, and I thought we did that in game one. In game two, we had to execute, something we haven't done very well lately. But today we were able to do it."
The win moved the Pirates' record to 21-19, while USM fell to 9-31. Park is back in action on the road, Friday and Saturday, at Central Baptist College.