St. Joseph's (Maine) coach Will Sanborn reaches 600 wins in sweep of Bates
LEWISTON, Maine -- St. Joseph's (Maine) head coach Will Sanborn recorded the 600th victory of his 22-year career Wednesday when the Monks swept a doubleheader from Bates, winning the milestone game in come-from-behind fashion.
After a 5-1 victory against the Bobcats in Game 1, the Monks rallied with three runs in the seventh inning, capped by Nic Lops' two-run singles, to post an 8-7 win in Game 2 and gave Sanborn a career record of 600-322-5.
St. Joseph's is now 27-13, while Bates drops to 19-19.
Senior Joe Gruntkosky improved to 5-0 in the opener, pitching 6.1 innings with eight strikeouts and allowing just one run on two hits. Monk sophomore Riley Cox picked up his second save of the year as he entered the game with one out in the seventh with the bases loaded and the tying run on deck.
St. Joseph's trailed 6-5 heading into the seventh, when senior Louie Vigars tied the game with a sacrifice fly. Lops then put the Monks ahead with a two-run single. On the game's final play, Monk first-year shortstop Max McCoomb dove to stop a ground ball up the middle, tagged second base with his glove for the inning's second out, popped up, and fired to first to complete the double play
Sophomore Corey McNamara earned the win (5-1), pitching three innings in relief with two strikeouts and allowing two runs on five hits.
Lops enjoyed a 3-for-4 day at the plate in the nightcap with three RBIs and a double.