(Williamsburg, Ky.) The Holy Cross Saints baseball program continued their spring break trip in Williamsburg, Kentucky to take on the University of the Cumberlands in double header action on Sunday afternoon. After a tough 9-0 loss in game one of the series, the Saints led for most of game two before falling victim to a walk-off squeeze play that put Cumberlands in the win column with a 4-3 victory and series sweep over the Saints. The loss drops the Saints to 5-5 on the season.
"Game one was difficult for us," said coach Blondell. "We struggled to get hits and had too many errors out there. We knew we had to play better in game two if we wanted a chance to even up the series."
Things got off to a shaky start for the Saints in game one after a four run first inning was followed by a three run second inning to have the Saints in an early 7-0 hole.
Offensively, things didn't get much better for the Saints. Cumberlands added runs in the fourth and sixth to make it a 9-0 game and the Saints just didn't have the answer in this game. As a team they generated only four hits and gave up four errors.
Calib Wininger (Kokomo, Ind.) took the loss in game one after pitching four innings while giving up 4 hits and eight runs (five earned). Jake Wood (South Haven, Mich.) came in for relief and pitched two innings while giving up two hits and one earned run.
"This wasn't our best performance," continued coach Blondell. "Hats off to their pitcher who pitched a heck of a game. We just needed to do a better job at avoiding the little mistakes that can contribute to putting you behind early.
After a tough 9-0 loss in game one, the Saints came out swinging the bat well in game two which led to them taking an early 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning.
Cumberlands would respond with one run in the third and two in the fourth to knot the game up at 3-3 through four innings.
After four innings of work, pitcher Blake Comella (Glendale, AZ) left the game while giving up only three hits and two earned runs.
Austin Kiser-Petrie (Star City, Ind.) came into the game in relief and pitched two solid innings where he didn't give up a run.
Heading into the top of the seventh, the Saints were unable to get the go ahead run around the base path which left the Patriots with an opportunity to win the game in the final half inning.
They did in fact do that. A suicide squeeze in the bottom of the seventh inning plated the winning run for the Patriots which gave them the series sweep over the Saints.
Paul Kappaz and Dan Wawrzusin (Potomac, MD) led the Saints with two hits each. Kappaz also knocked in his team best sixth RBI.
"This was a tough one for us," continued coach Blondell. "I thought we played a very solid game but just unfortunately fell short at the end. Cumberlands is an excellent team and I thought we showed during this second game that we can hang around with the best of them. We will take our off day on Monday to get refocused to play the same team again on Tuesday."
The Saints dropped to 5-5 on the season following the sweep against Cumberlands. They will return to action on Tuesday, March 12th with a nine inning game against the University of the Cumberlands. The first pitch is scheduled to be thrown out at 3:30 p.m. EST. Live stats, audio and video will be available for Tuesday's matchup.