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Baseball - Fri, Jan. 30, 2015

ST. LOUIS – [GAME ONE BOX] [GAME TWO BOX] The No. 9-ranked Missouri Baptist baseball team began 2015 in fine fashion. The team swept the William Carey Crusaders in the doubleheader season opener 3-2 and 9-1 to begin the season on the winning trend.

Missouri Baptist (2-0) has several eyes on it in 2015 after a No. 1 preseason ranking by PerfectGame.org and lived-up to the hype in its first action of the season. Over the course of two games, the Spartans were a perfect 10-10 in stolen bases and recorded 19 hits on the day.

In game one, the Spartans trailed 2-0 after two before tying the game in the third thanks to an RBI single by Eli Roundtree and an sacrifice fly by Aaron Pangilinan.

The game remained tied until the ninth as the Spartans showed their patience at the plate. William Carey's Chris Miller walked in the winning run, represented by Brent Zimmerman, and were able to shut the door in the bottom-half.

Marcus Crescentini had his first action of the season in a critical save situation and struck-out the side with just 14 pitches.

Game two was a bit more lopsided for MBU. The Spartans posted two in the second and exploded for four in the fifth on the way to a big 9-1 win.

Staff ace Brandon Zywicki dominated in the outing and posted six strikeouts and just two walks in five and one-third innings pitched. The NAIA Pre-Season All-American picked-up right where he left off a season ago and notched his first win of the season.

Brent Zimmerman won the honors of the first one to hit a homerun in 2015 with a two-run shot in the fifth. Second baseman Aaron Collazo also had a nice day. The junior went 3-4 on the day while fellow newcomer Brian Poupore went 2-4.

Jeff Smith also had a nice game in his second start at third base. The Ohio native went 2-5 with two RBI as the leadoff hitter.

With the wins, Missouri Baptist will enter Saturday's action undefeated as they will get set for a getaway game with the Crusaders. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. in Hattiesburg, Miss.