A spirited comeback propelled Marquette to its first win of the 2018 campaign – an 11-10 thriller over Westville on Wednesday.
Senior Connor Donaldson drove in three runs at the dish in addition to surrendering just three earned runs in 5 2/3 innings of work on the hill. Freshman Jonathan Allen and junior Brandon Spangler both enjoyed multi-RBI afternoons while Tommy Gotsch, Will Cannon, and Karsen Grott joined the aforementioned with multi-hit games.
Marquette was kept off the scoreboard through the first three frames while the Blackhawks amassed a 5-0 lead. Donaldson drove home Cannon and courtesy runner Robert Barron with a single to center in the visitor’s half of the fourth to make it a 5-2 game. Westville, however, got those two runs right back in the bottom half.
The Blazers erupted for three runs in each of the last three innings. Donaldson roped a two-run double in the fifth after Cannon had already plated Gotsch with an RBI single of his own. Marquette posted a momentous shutout bottom of the fifth before returning to tack on three more in the top of the sixth.
Gotsch got things rolling in the sixth with a one-out single. Two batters later, he came around to score on an Allen RBI knock that made it 7-6. Spangler gave Marquette its first lead later in the frame with a two-run double that brought home Allen and Cannon.
Westville wrestled the lead back in the bottom half thanks to three unearned tallies.
Sean Bardol and Zach Donaldson worked walks to set the table for a three-run seventh for the Blazers. Bardol crossed the plate on an infield error. Allen followed with an RBI single to right that tied it at 10-10. An error in right field allowed Gotsch to come around and score to put MQT ahead 11-10.
Sophomore Cormac Markham worked a scoreless bottom half of the seventh to secure the win.
Marquette is scheduled to travel to Delphi this Saturday for a doubleheader.