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Saints sweep Geneva, Hetzer surpasses 400 career victories as head baseball coach

Thomas More College head baseball coach Jeff Hetzer picked up his 400th career win Wednesday in the Saints’ Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) doubleheader against Geneva College.

The Saints won game one, 9-7 and game two, 4-3.

With the sweep, the Saints improve to 12-5 overall and 7-1 in the PAC, while the Golden Tornadoes fall to 7-13 overall and 2-8 in the PAC.

Hetzer earned his 400th win in game one and increased his career record to 401-220 in 16 seasons as the Saints’ skipper.

Jeff Hetzer earned his 400th win in game one and increased his career record to 401-220 in 16 seasons as the Saints’ skipper (TMC Athletics Photo)

Jeff Hetzer earned his 400th win in game one and increased his career record to 401-220 in 16 seasons as the Saints’ skipper (TMC Athletics Photo)

In game one, the Saints scored one run in the first, one in the second, two in the third, four in the fourth and one in the sixth, while holding Geneva to two runs in the second and five in the sixth.

Freshman pitcher Sean Lawrence (Independence, Ky./Simon Kenton) earned his first collegiate win on the mound as he pitched five and a third innings and gave up seven runs (all earned) on seven hits and struck out three. Junior pitcher Ken Ruberg (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) earned the save as he pitched one and a third innings and gave up only two hits, while striking out one.

Junior right fielder Ben Kenning (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) led the team at the plate as he was two-for-four with a double, a run scored and a run batted-in. Freshman designated hitter Jacob Whitford (Fort Thomas, Ky./Highlands) was one-for-four with a double and two runs scored.

In the nightcap, the Saints plated two runs in the first, one in the sixth and one in the seven, while holding Geneva to one run in the fifth and two in the seventh for the 4-3 victory.

Freshman catcher Tyler Harley (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) led the Saints’ offense as he was two-for-three with a RBI. Kenning finished the game, one-for-four with a run scored and a RBI.

Sophomore pitcher Austin Koch (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) earned the win as he pitched four and two-third innings and gave up one run (earned) on five hits and struck out two. Ruberg had earned his second save of the game as he pitched one and two-third innings and gave up two runs (earned) on three hits and struck out one.

Thomas More opens a three-game series with Bethany College on Saturday with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. at Bethany Field.

From TMC Athletics

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