Sports Information Director
OWENSBORO, Ky. – The Holy Cross baseball team wrapped up their four-game weekend series in Kentucky on Saturday with a pair of games against Northwestern Ohio and Brescia (Ky.). After suffering two losses on Friday, the Saints opened up Saturday against the host Bearcats of Brescia University. After trailing 5-2 early in the game, the Saints would rally back to make it a 5-4 ball games but ultimately coming up just short. They would conclude their four-game trip with their second meeting of the weekend with Northwestern Ohio where the Racers came out on top by a final score of 4-2.
The Saints kicked things off in game one versus the Brescia Bearcats with a run in the top of the first inning, however, the Bearcats quickly responded with three in the bottom half to open up a 3-1 lead. After trimming the lead to 3-2 in the third inning, Brescia once again added a pair of runs to extend their lead to 5-2.
It was in the top of the fifth inning when the Saints would add two more of their own to cut the Bearcat lead to one at 5-4. The bullpen trio of Matt Gunderson, Caleb McIntire and Michael McIntosh did a solid job keeping the Saints off the base paths. The trio combined to throw 2.2 innings, allowing two hits and striking out two as the Saints dropped their first game of the day at 5-4.
Trey Bickel (0-1) suffered his first loss of the season, throwing 2.0 innings and allowing five runs.
Northwestern Ohio opened up the final game of the weekend for the Saints with a big second inning as they scored three runs off of two hits and the help of a Holy Cross error to take the early advantage at 3-0. Michael Rostine got things started for the Saints in the top of the third with a leadoff double. Jackson Hallahan brought Rostine home late in the inning with a one-out single to cut the deficit to 3-1.
The Racers would extend their lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning after Akins scored off the infield error by the Saints. Max Linnville would bring home the Saints second run of the game in the top of the fifth with a sacrifice fly following the early single from Rostine and double from Darwing Ereu. The pitching from the Racers, though, would hold strong over the final two innings as they would knock off the Saints by a final score of 4-2.
Michael Rostine would lead the Saints in the game with a perfect 3-for-3 performance at the plate with two runs scored. Jacob Lanning (0-2) pitched all six innings of work while allowing four hits, four runs (two earned) and striking out three.
The Saints (1-7) have lost their last six games and will return to the diamond on March 7 with game one of a three-game series with Victory (Tenn.) University.