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Eagles Baseball Moves Above .500

(Posted March 6, 2006)

PHOENIX, Ariz. ? A seven-run fifth inning proved to be the difference as the Juniata College baseball team earned its biggest win of the young season by knocking off nationally ranked Aurora College 10-6 Monday afternoon in Phoenix, Ariz. The Eagles improved to 4-3 with the victory which was their fourth-straight after opening the season 0-3.

Juniata trailed 5-3 heading into the decisive fifth frame David Saintz (Titusville/Titusville) drilled a three-run homer in the inning to provide the big blow and the Eagles would not trail the rest of the way.

From there, sophomore hurler Andrew Snyder (Punxsutawney/Punxsutawney) took over as he earned the victory out of the bullpen. He went 4 1-3 innings allowing just one unearned run to help Juniata maintain the advantage.

Juniata claimed an early lead as the team pushed across one run in the top of the first. Aurora countered with a run in the bottom of the inning, and then scored three runs in the second off Juniata starter Andrew Michanowicz (Bishop Guilfoyle/Altoona) to take a 4-1 edge. Michanowicz went 4 2-3 allowing five runs, but only one earned run in the game.

The Eagles battled back with a pair of runs in the top of the third to cut the deficit to 4-3, before Aurora made it 5-3 with a run in the fourth.

Dan Kauffman (Penn Manor/Conestoga) was 3-for-4 on the day offensively for the Blue and Gold.

The Eagles have the day off on Tuesday but will return to action on Wednesday.

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