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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Holy Cross Saints baseball team snapped a seven-game losing streak on Saturday afternoon with their final two games of a three-game series with Victory (Tenn.) University. Strong offensive starts in both games helped jump start the Saints off to impressive leads while the pitching would execute down the stretch. Chris Woodruff and Jackson Hallahan each picked up three hits in the 10-6 win in game one while Trey Bickel pitched all seven innings in game two, allowing just one run, as the Saints knocked off the Eagles 8-1.
The Saints offense kicked in to gear quickly in game one as the first six hitters reach based safely. Chris Woodruff and Jackson Hallahan got things going for the Saints with back-to-back singles. With the next three batters drawing walks, Stephen Clancy came up big with a double down the left field line to bring in two runs as all nine batters appeared at the plate in the inning. The Saints would conclude the top of the first with three hits and six runs as they quickly opened up a significant advantage over the Eagles.
Jordan Gard was tested early on in his first inning of work as two runners reached base with one out. Gard would hold strong, though, and get out of the top of the first inning unscathed.
The strong offensive start for the Saints continued in the second inning as three consecutive hits led to their seventh run of the game after a sacrifice fly from Paul Kappaz. Gard continued to pitch well on the mound in the bottom half, shutting down the Eagles in order with a pair of strikeouts.
It was the bottom of the third inning where Victory put together their first productive inning of the afternoon. The Eagles scored three runs in the inning off of three hits and a pair of errors by the Saints to trim their lead to 7-3. Chris Woodruff would make sure to answer for the Saints as he opened up the fourth inning with a leadoff triple; his third hit of the game. Jacob Lanning would knock in Woodruff and Stephen Clancy would add another RBI for the Saints as their lead was extended to 9-3.
Victory would string together another productive inning with three runs off of three hits in the bottom half of the fourth before Austin Kiser-Petrie would slam the door with a strikeout to take the Saints to the fifth inning with a 9-6 lead.
The bullpen would continue to hold strong in the game as Nick Munger would pitch 2.0 innings of shutout ball with a trio of strikeouts before Blake Correll got the final three outs to lift the Saints to a 10-6 win and ending their previous seven-game slide.
Austin Kiser-Petrie (1-0) picked up his first win of the season out of the bullpen.
The start of game two was similar to game one. After gathering just one hit in the top of the first, the Saints strung together a four-run and five-hit effort in the second inning to open up a 4-0 advantage over the Eagles. Ben Bournay would extend the lead to 5-0 in the third inning after driving in Mike Pizzuto from second base. The surge would continue in the fourth inning as they would increase their lead 7-0 after a solid three-hit inning.
Trey Bickel (1-1) would have his best outing of the season in the series finale as he would allow just one unearned run in the bottom of the fourth. Bickel would pitch all seven innings while allowing six hits and striking out three en route to the first win of his career as the Saints knocked off the Eagles by a final score of 8-1.
The win would give the Saints their first consecutive wins of the young 2014 season.
Holy Cross (3-8) will resume their spring break trip in Florida on Monday, March 10 with a game against Spring Arbor (Mich.) University. The first pitch is scheduled for 10:00 am EST.