MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Mount Mercy opened the 2013 season over the weekend, dropping a pair of doubleheaders against NAIA 19th-ranked St. Francis (Ill.) at the Metrodome.
Senior right-hander Abe Carrasco got the call in Mount Mercy's opener. An NAIA preseason all-American, Carrasco (0-1) went six innings, scattering nine hits and three earned runs while striking out three. Junior left fielder Zak Morgan drove in the lone run for the Mustangs in a 3-1 defeat.
Both offenses came alive in game two, a 10-6 victory by St. Francis. The Saints scored in each of the first four innings and added four more runs in the sixth. Senior center fielder Jeff Dorman, junior first baseman Mark Mills and senior right fielder Joe Arnold had two hits apiece. Mills drove in a pair of runs, including an RBI triple in the fifth. Junior left-hander Jonathan Beltran (0-1) got the loss for the Mustangs.
The offensive explosion by St. Francis carried over to Sunday as the Saints pounded out 16 hits in an 11-0 victory in five innings. Mount Mercy only managed three hits off of St. Francis starter Gill. Those came from sophomore designated hitter Lancy Daugherty, senior left fielder Vincent Pantaleo and senior center fielder Alex Rodriguez.
The Saints (4-0) and Mustangs (0-4) saved the best game for last. The contest went 10 innings before St. Francis scored two unearned runs in the bottom half for a 4-3 victory. Mount Mercy freshman right-hander Bailey Hollingsworth and junior righty Zachary Wenzell didn't allow an earned run over 9 2/3 innings. Hollingsworth surrendered three hits over 4 2/3 innings, while Wenzell (0-1) went five innings, allowing five hits while striking out six.
Junior shortstop Joey Gonzalez went 3-for-5 with a run scored. Junior first baseman Zachary Kalish was 2-for-4 with an RBI while junior third baseman Jeff Ramsey went 2-for-4. Daugherty and freshman catcher Jimmy Lizarraga each drove in a run as well.
Mount Mercy heads north to the Metrodome again this week to take on another ranked opponent, 17th-ranked Bellevue (Neb.). A four-game set with the Bruins begins on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. First pitch on Friday is at 4:30 p.m.