(Oakland City, Ind.) After achieving their first victory of the season on Sunday afternoon, the Saints closed out their three-game series with Oakland City University with a double-header on Monday. A tale of two teams had the Saints fall short in both contests; however, the bats were much for effective in game two. After a 7-0 defeat in game one, the Saints rallied in the final game of the series but came up just short as they fell to the Oaks 6-5. The Saints dropped to 1-2 on the young 2013 season.
"Game one today was a tough one for us," said head coach Brian Blondell. "Oakland City got was effective at getting timely hits and we weren't unfortunately."
The Oaks bats came alive early in game one as they jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on the Saints. In fact, Oakland City recorded at least one hit and score at least one run in each of the seven innings in the first game.
Despite outhitting the Saints 12-5, pitching was key for Oakland City as their starter Logan Mohr pitched a complete game shutout while only allowing 5 hits.
Freshman Alex Erwin (Niles, Mich.) suffered the loss in the contest after recording his first career start while going 2 2/3 innings while giving up 4 hits and 3 earned runs.
A three-run second inning by the Oaks once again found the Saints trailing early in game two of the Monday afternoon double-header.
Holy Cross was quick to respond by scoring the game's next two after an RBI single by Daniel Wawrzusin (Potomac, Md.) in the top of the third and a sacrifice bunt by Max Linnville in the fifth to make it a 3-2 ballgame.
Once again, however, the Oaks rallied off a three run fifth inning to extend their lead to 6-2.
The Saints would use one final rally in the top half of the seventh inning where they scored three runs on 3 hits and 2 errors. Unfortunately for Holy Cross, they fell one run short of tying the game.
Oakland City defeated the Saints 6-5 in game number two and took the three-game series at 2-1.
Giovanni Ayala (Miami, Fla.) recorded 2 hits and 2 runs scored in game number two while Max Linnville, Daniel Wawrzusin and Ben Bournay each recorded 1 hit. Wawrzusin recorded 2 RBI's in the game while Bournay and Linnville each knocked in 1.
Andrew Salazar (Tucson, Az.) suffered the loss in game two on the mound after pitching 4 innings while giving up 4 hits and 3 earned runs.
"I was proud of how the guys battled late in game number two," continued coach Blondell. "Unfortunately this time we fell one run short. There are a lot of areas we need to continue to work on after this series as well as a number of positives. We will continue to work on refining out skills as we prepare for our next opponent."
The Saints will return home for their home opener series this coming Saturday, March 2nd (weather permitting) as they are set to take on Oberlin College (Ohio). The first pitch of Saturday's double-header is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. EST at Coveleski Stadium.