Sports Information Director
LAKE WALES, Fla. – The Holy Cross Saints baseball team continued their spring break trip on Monday with their first of seven games in the state of Florida against Spring Arbor (Mich.) University in a neutral site game. Despite falling behind early in the game, the Saints would rally to go up 3-2 in the top of the fourth. Spring Arbor, however, would come up strong over their final three innings at the plate with six runs. The Saints would plate one final run in the top of the seventh but ultimately come up short as Spring Arbor would hold on for the 8-5 victory.
It was the Cougars to strike first in Monday's game as they plated two runs in the bottom half of the first inning. The Saints got two quick outs early in the inning before a pair of late hits pushed the Cougars out to the 2-0 lead through one.
The Saints would cut into Spring Arbor's lead in the top of the third as Paul Kappaz (JR, Grosse Pointe, Mich.) would drive in Chris Woodruff (JR, Mishawaka, Ind.) to make it a 2-1 game. The success continued in the fourth as Stephen Clancy (JR, Yorkville, Ill.) opened up the inning with a double down the right field line. After getting advanced to third, Clancy scored on a sacrifice bunt to tie the game at 2-2. The Saints would take their first lead of the day later in the inning after an RBI single from Chris Woodruff made it a 3-2 game.
Spring Arbor responded swiftly in the bottom half of the inning with a two-out single to tie the game at 3-3.
Paul Kappaz opened up the fifth inning with an infield single and advanced all the way to third base following the throwing error by the third basemen. Kappaz would score just a few pitches later on a passed ball as Holy Cross retook the lead at 4-3.
The Cougars strong play came out in the fifth and sixth innings where they combined for five of their eight runs. They added four runs off of three hits and an error in the fifth inning retake the lead on the Saints. They would add one more in the sixth to make it 8-4, giving the Saints three final outs to make up ground.
Jacob Lanning (JR, Roscoe, Ill.) doubled to right center field to get things going in the final inning while Paul Kappaz moved Lanning to third on his third hit of the night. Lanning would score on the next play as the Saints grounded into a double play to bring them within 8-5. That would be as close as they would get, however, as the Cougars would hold on for the 8-5 victory.
Lanning (0-3) pitched 5.0 innings allowing seven hits, five earned runs and striking out three. He also added a 2-for-4 performance at the plate with a run scored.
Ben Bournay (SR, Dowagiac, Mich.) finished the day with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate with a run scored while Paul Kappaz finished 3-for-4 with an RBI.
The Saints (3-9) will resume action on Tuesday night against Webber International (Fla.). The first pitch is scheduled to be thrown at 7:00 pm EST.