FAIRMONT - Chase Meyer delivered a clutch two-run triple, while starting pitcher Tanner Kluis hurled four shutout innings to engineer the New Ulm Eagles' season-opening 3-1 baseball victory against the Fairmont Cardinals on Thursday at Herb Wolf Field in Fairmont.
Grant Kannegiesser and Kluis drew back-to-back walks from Cardinal reliever Jay Ruen to open the Eagles' fourth at-bat before Meyer snapped the scoreless game by hammering a two-run triple to deep center field.
Leadoff batter Judd Davis, who went 2-for-3, tripled home an insurance run during the top of the fifth for New Ulm. Brach Kraus, who also went 2-for-3, legged out a bunt hit and later scored on Davis' extra-base hit.
Meyer went 2-for-2 with two RBIs before exiting the game after getting injured during his extra-base hit in the fourth.
Kluis allowed four hits in four shutout innings to earn the victory. The New Ulm ace right-hander struck out five and walked one.
New Ulm (1-0) travels to Marshall on Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. nonconference game.
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Tanner Kluis (WP), Tyler Dittrich (5), Wyatt Peterson (7) and Grant Kannegiesser, Luke Irmiter (5). Luke Becker, Jay Ruen (4, LP), Spencer Chirpich (6) and Ben Abel.
LOB-Fairmont 10; New Ulm 5. 2B-Ruen (F). 3B-Chase Meyer (NU), Judd Davis (NU). SAC-Jackson Yackley (NU) 2.