Sports Information Director
OWENSBORO, Ky. – The Holy Cross baseball team continued the early stages of their 2014 schedule on the road in Kentucky for a second consecutive weekend as they took on Brescia (Ky.) and Northwestern Ohio. Despite solid starting pitching performances, the Saints dropped both games on Friday afternoon; Northwestern Ohio took game one by a final of 2-0 while Brescia took game two 3-1.
The Saints kicked off game one with Northwestern Ohio with a quality opportunity in the top of the first inning. Jackson Hallahan (SR, Lester Prairie, Minn.) reached on an error by the second basemen and advanced to second base during the next at bat. Jacob Lanning (JR, Roscoe, Ill.) continued the inning with a single of his own to get Hallahan to third base. However, the Racers got out of the inning while stranding the Saints first opportunity on third base. Northwestern Ohio responded in the bottom of the first with the first run of the game following a three-hit inning.
A pitchers dual ensued over the next three innings as both starters did not allow a hit. In the bottom of the fifth, Northwestern Ohio would add their second run of the game following an RBI single to put the Saints behind 2-0.
The Saints would string together just two hits over the final three innings, stranding a potential run on third in the top of the seventh. Pichi Torres struck out the final batter of the game to give the Racers the 2-0 win.
Jackson Hallahan, Jacob Lanning, Paul Kappaz (JR, Grosse Pointe, Mich.) and Max Linnville (SO, Boone, N.C.) each picked up a hit in the game. Jordan Gard (SO, Mishawaka, Ind.) (1-1) pitched a complete game for the Saints allowing six hits and two runs in defeat.
Game two on Friday was another pitchers dual for both teams as both starters went six innings.
With the game scoreless through two, Brescia (Ky.) struck first in the bottom of the third game as they took a 1-0 lead. The Saints, however, were quick to respond as they tied the game in the top of the fourth.
Brescia would add two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 3-1 lead which the Saints were unable to come back from. The Bearcats would hold on to knock of the Saints 3-1 and end their Friday at 0-2.
Stephen Clancy (JR, Yorkville, Ill.) and Mike Pizzuto (JR, Sarasota, Fla.) each picked up a pair of hits to lead the Saints. Pizzuto hit his fourth double of the season and drove in the lone run for the Saints.
Matt Schwitz (JR, Granger, Ind.) (0-2) pitched all six innings for the Saints while allowing five hits, three runs and striking out two.
The Saints (1-5) outhit the Bearcats 8-5 in the game and left six runners on base.
The Saints would wrap up the four-game weekend on Saturday afternoon with two more games against the Racers and Bearcats.