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SPRINGDALE, Ark. – St. Gregory’s picked up its fifth consecutive win Tuesday with a doubleheader sweep of Ecclesia (Ark.) at the Tyson Baseball Complex. The Cavaliers downed the Royals, 6-4 and 9-8, to earn their second straight series sweep.

SGU, now 15-13 overall, goes two games above .500 for the first time since the opening series of 2015.

In the opener, the Cavs’ Justin Davis went the distance in his first collegiate start. Davis gave up four runs on seven hits while striking out two with one walk. He surrendered only three hits over the final four innings.

SGU struck for a pair of unearned runs in the first. That lead was short-lived, however, as the home team added single scores in the first and second innings to knot it at two.  Ecclesia took a 3-2 lead on Cameron Dougherty’s sacrifice fly in the fourth, but the Cavs responded with the equalizer in the fifth – a solo homerun by Easton Bennett. It was Bennett’s second bomb of the season.

That momentum carried into the sixth for the visitors, who scored two in the frame on an error and sac fly. The Royals got the tying run to the plate in the seventh, but Davis forced a groundout to end the threat.

The nightcap featured a trio of three-run jacks by SGU and a high-scoring third inning – a frame that included 10 total runs on nine hits between the teams.

Down 3-0, SGU tied it with a three-run home run by Logan Hart in the third. It was Hart’s first home run of the season. David Martinez followed later in the inning with another three-run bomb to make it 6-3 in favor of the visitors.

Ecclesia responded with four of their own, though, in the bottom half to regain the advantage at 7-6.

SGU reliever Mikey Egger would come in and settle things down. He blanked the Royals over the next 3-1/3 innings, allowing the visitors to get back in the game. With two on in the fifth, Jordan Martin came up with what proved to be the game-winning hit – his first home run of the season to make it 9-7.

The hosts threatened in the seventh, loading the bases on the Cavs’ Tyler Hebert. But with the winning run on second, Hebert got JT Stalnaker to line out to end the game.

St. Gregory’s resumes Sooner Athletic Conference play Thursday at home against Bacone. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Bill Nicklas Field.

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