Sports Information Director
CHICAGO, Ill. – Holy Cross baseball dropped their eighth consecutive game on Thursday night as they took on the Cougars of Chicago State University. The Saints lost their lead in the bottom of the fourth inning after giving up four runs with three errors as the Cougars took control en route to a 7-5 victory. Holy Cross falls to 3-16 with the defeat.
The Saints were quick to jump on the board in the top of the first inning as Jacob Lanning (JR/Roscoe, Ill.) drove in the first run of the game following Chris Woodruff (JR/Mishawaka, Ind.)'s leadoff single and stolen base. A fielder's choice would score Stephen Clancy (JR/Yorkville, Ill.) in the ensuing at-bat as the Saints quickly opened up a 2-0 advantage through the top of the first inning.
Chicago State would get within 2-1 in the bottom of the third inning following an error by the Saints, however, a sacrifice squeeze but by Blake Correll (SO/Oak Creek, Wis.) would extend their advantage to 3-1 in the top of the fourth.
A difficult bottom of the fourth, where the Saints had three errors, gave the Cougars all the control they would need for the remainder of the game as they took their first and final lead of the night. In the inning, Chicago State would add four runs off of three hits to open up a 5-3 advantage.
Holy Cross would put together one final opportunity on offense in the top of the eighth after stringing together four hits in the frame. Unfortunately, the Saints were only able to plate one run in the inning.
Chicago State would shut the Saints down in order in the ninth inning as they would close out the 7-5 victory.
Jacob Lanning (0-5) suffered the loss in the outing going 4.1 innings on the mound while allowing six hits, four earned runs and striking out two.
The bullpen for the Saints pitched the final 3.2 innings while allowing just two hits over the stretch.
Ben Bournay (SR/Dowagiac, Mich.) led the Saints with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate while Paul Kappaz (JR/Grosse Pointe, Mich.) drove in a pair of RBI's.
The Saints had a season-high five errors in the game.
Holy Cross (3-16) will open up Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) action on Saturday, March 23 with a home opener doubleheader against No. 18 Judson (Ill.) The first pitch is scheduled to be tossed at 3:00 pm EST.