(Pippa Passes, Ky.) The Holy Cross Saints continued their spring break trip in Kentucky on Saturday taking on Alice Lloyd College in double header action. A five run third inning in game one and a three run second in game two helped the Saints build a lead that they would never give up. The Saints defeated Alice Lloyd by scores of 6-3 and 5-2 en route to earning their fourth and fifth wins of the season.
"I thought both starting pitchers did a solid job working the count," said coach Blondell. "Our offense came up with timely runs that helped us pull of these two victories.
The Saints were first to jump on the board in the top half of the first inning before Alice Lloyd responded quickly with two runs of their own in the bottom half.
After going scoreless in the second inning, the Saints turned in a five run fifth inning to open up the gates and make it a 6-2 lead. Alice Lloyd would respond in the bottom half of the third with a run of their own, however, that would be all that they would muster up for a comeback as the Saints went on to defeat the Eagles 6-3.
Andrew Salazar (Tucson, Az.) was impressive in the outing after throwing four innings while giving up three runs (one earned) and striking out one.
Freshman Blake Correll (Oak Creek, Wisc.), normally the catcher, came in and closed out the game while picking up his second save of the season.
Paul Kappaz (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) continued his strong start to the season going 1-for-1 with a double and two RBI's. Kappaz also walked twice.
In game two of the double header, the Saints once again struck first after plating three runs in the top of the second inning. After adding their fourth in the top of the third, and leading 4-0, the Eagles responded by cutting the Saints lead in half with two runs of their own.
The Saints added one more run in the top of the fifth and held the Eagles scoreless to close out with a 5-2 win and a series sweep; the first in the history of the program.
Freshman pitcher Alex Erwin (Niles, Mich.) picked up his first career win as a Saint after going four innings while giving up three hits, two runs and striking out five.
Blake Correll picked up his third save of the season, and second on the day. Correll also had an impressive day at the plate going 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI's. Max Linnville (Boone, NC) also went 2-for-3 for the Saints with an RBI and a stolen base.
"This was a good series for us overall," continued coach Blondell. "Our pitching did an excellent job of getting big outs when we needed them."
"It's great to get the first series sweep," Blondell said regarding the first sweep in program history. "We've still got a long way to go, but I feel very confident this group of guys can keep playing good baseball."
The wins for the Saints improve their overall record to 5-3.