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Big Day by Freshman Christian Arnold Lifts the Blue Devils in Season Opener

Big Day by Freshman Christian Arnold Lifts the Blue Devils in Season Opener

Red-shirt freshman, Christian Arnold has been waiting for this day for the past 18 months.  Christian sat all of 2013 as a red-shirt and unleashed all of his pent up baseball in one game.  He would end the day 3 for 4 with 3 RBI's and just a double away from hitting for the cycle.  He led off the second inning with a triple and would come across to score the Blue Devil's first run of the year off the bat of Daniel LaMunyon.  Arnold would single in his next at-bat, driving in Eric Hinostroza, who walked to lead off the third.  Eric stole second to set up Arnold's first career RBI. 

Starter, EJ Merlo was strong in 7 innings of work.  He would only give up 1 earned run while scattering 7 hits and striking out 3.  Merlo would give way to freshman, Preston Bailey, clinging to a 1 run lead in the 8th.  Bailey would pick up the 6 out save after Arnold gave KCK some added cushion.  With 1 out in the 9th Christian blasted a 3 run, homerun to seal the deal.

8 Blue Devils would record hits in the opener as KCK scored 6 runs on 10 hits and swiping 4 bags.