Finlandia baseball opens Fla. trip with win

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Finlandia baseball team recently returned from a Spring Break trip to Florida, winning its first game but losing the remaining nine.

The win March 7 came against Newbury by a 5-3 score.

Joe Richard’s RBI triple drove in the Lions’ first run of the season and he became the second when C.J. Lepisto grounded out to short.

Newbury tied it in the bottom of the first, but Finlandia went ahead for good in the third with three runs. Gerard Taylor reached on a pitcher’s error which led to Jordan Rasner and Rian Hyland scoring. Richard then drove in Taylor with a sacrifice fly.

Newbury responded with a run in the third, but no more.

Chris Saari went the distance, allowing one earned run on eight hits in seven innings. He walked three, struck out two and hit one.

Newbury won the second game 7-1. Richard had an RBI single in the third inning.

The next day, Bluffton swept Finlandia 12-4 and 14-3. Taylor and Richard had two hits apiece while Clint Zumer drove in two runs in game one. In game two, Taylor had a pair of doubles and Rasner singled in a run.

March 10, Eastern Nazarene swept a doubleheader 12-2 and 10-0. No stats were available.

The following day, Minnesota Morris beat the Lions 4-1 and 13-2. Taylor’s sacrifice fly drove in the only Lion run of the first game, in the top of the first. Finlandia was held to two hits, wasting a solid (two earned runs on four hits) outing from Hyland.

Saari had an RBI single in the second game, which Finlandia was within 4-2 until Morris busted out in the seventh.

Pittsburgh-Bradford won the last doubleheader on the trip 17-2 and 2-0.

A pair of doubleheaders at Cardinal Stritch scheduled for today and Sunday have been cancelled. Finlandia will try again at Dominican (Ill.) March 23.