Men’s baseball opens season with sweep

St. Thomas baseball coach Chris Olean opened his coaching campaign in style Sunday at the Metrodome with a series sweep of No. 21-ranked St. Scholastica.

In the first game, the Tommies overcame a 3-0 deficit to rally to a 6-5 victory. Sophomore Bryce Gapinski pitched four innings, giving up five runs and six hits, but junior Kris Edwards, who pitched two scoreless innings, got the win. Senior Brandon Stone picked up his first save of the year.

Senior first baseman Tom Wippler knocked home four runs in game one with a bases-loaded double in the fifth inning and a game-tying double in the seventh. Junior Taylor Rahm drove in the game-winning run in both games.

In the second game, senior pitcher Matthew Schuld struck out 10 batters in seven innings, as he picked up his 20th career victory. The Tommies fought to a 3-1 victory, going 2-0 on the day.

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