Pitching dominates against St. Francis

Carnegie Mellon’s Club Baseball team took on St. Francis University in a double-header this weekend, with both games resulting in victories for the Tartans.

The final score of the first game was 6–3 due to strong defense and outstanding pitching. First-year pitcher Darren Kerfoot pitched a gem on the mound with eight strikeouts, contributing to his great first season.

Senior shortstop Wade Brogdon scored twice, while sophomore outfielder Brian Saravia sparked the offense in the fifth inning when he brought in two runs off a double. Junior outfielder Alex Golemb scored his first two hits and made an impressive catch on the run in the right field before leaving the game due to a hamstring injury.

The second game that the Tartans played against St. Francis also ended in a Carnegie Mellon victory, 3–0. Junior pitcher Brendan MacNabb pitched an almost perfect game — he allowed just one hit. MacNabb also helped save a run: A St. Francis batter hit a line drive with a man on third base in the second inning, and MacNabb snagged it out of the air.

Kerfoot also singled and scored the only necessary run for the Tartans in the second inning, while two runs were scored in the bottom of the sixth on hits by sophomore catcher Darryl Tan and senior third baseman Adam Gruber.

“This was the best series of the season. A total team effort against a quality opponent with exceptional pitching from Darren and Brendan,” Brogdon said. “It was a great note to end on and will be an outstanding segue into the spring.”

With this weekend being the conclusion of his Tartan baseball career, Brogdon went out with stellar play. He hit the ball hard all day and completed many athletic putouts at shortstop, including converting three 6–4–3 double plays with senior second baseman Joe Barbish.

“When I was a freshman, Wade always went out of his way to make sure I was doing okay. He is one of the best teammates I’ve ever played with: a great player and an even better person,” MacNabb said.

At the end of the season, Barbish led the team in batting average, and Gruber was the team leader in runs batted in and home runs. Brogdon led the team in runs, and Tan led in steals with seven.

Kerfoot and MacNabb finished the season leading all pitching categories. Kerfoot was best in wins and strikeouts, while MacNabb led the team in earned run average and wins plus hits divided by innings pitched.

Brogdon’s career numbers of .462 BA, .524 on-base percentage, and .687 slugging percentage are among the best at Carnegie Mellon.

“This weekend’s win was bittersweet, a great game and quality win, but it meant my career has ended here at CMU,” Brogdon said. “CMU’s baseball program is a phenomenal organization and I can’t thank coach Claudio [Reilsono] and coach Rege [Kiliany] along with my teammates over the past four years enough for an amazing experience.”

Editors Note: Adam Gruber is Sports Co-editor for The Tartan.