Sports Information Director
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Holy Cross baseball team took the field at Four Winds Field on Sunday afternoon with a pair of games as a part of a three-team event with Grace (Ind.) and Goshen (Ind.) from the Crossroads League. Fresh off a series split in their CCAC opener with No. 18 Judson, the Saints looked to continue their success at home. Paul Geha (FR/Fort Wayne, Ind.) pitched 4.1 innings in his first career start in game one against Grace as the Saints went on to knock off the Lancers 5-1 and getting Geha his first career win. Game two against Goshen proved to be a high-scoring affair as both teams brought runs across the plate due to errors of the other. Ultimately, it was the Maple Leafs who came out with the upper hand as they knocked off the Saints by a final of 8-7.
The Saints got to work quickly in game one as Paul Kappaz (JR/Grosse Pointe, Mich.) drove in the first run of the game in the bottom of the first following an infield single. Their success continued in the second inning with three more runs crossing home plate following a three-hit inning as they opened up a 4-0 lead over the Lancers.
Grace would respond in the top of the third inning following a leadoff triple from Joey Hickerson. The run would come along to score in the ensuing at bat following a suicide squeeze from the Lancers to bring them within 4-1.
The Saints would score their final run of the game in the fourth inning after Darwing Ereu (JR/Mishawaka, Ind.) was walked with the bases loaded to put the Saints up 5-1.
Paul Geha would pitch 4.1 innings in his first career start before Blake Correll (SO/Oak Creek, Wis.) would come in to shut down the Lancers over the final 2.2 innings on his way to his first save of the season. Correll allowed just two hits and struck out three in his relief appearance.
Geha (1-0, 5.19 ERA) would enjoy his first career win after pitching 4.1 innings, allowing just one run and striking out a pair of hitters.
Three Saints hitters finished the game with multiple hits.
Much like game one, the Saints got on the board first in the opening inning as Mike Pizzuto (JR/Sarasota, Fla.) brought in Christ Woodruff to open up a 1-0 advantage.
A two-out double down the right field line brought in two runs for Goshen as they overtook the Saints lead. The inning continued for the Maple Leafs after a dropped pop fly by the Saints which allowed the third run of the inning.
The Saints would come across their own similar break in the bottom of the third as they plated three runs with just one hit to retake a 5-3 advantage. Once again, however, an error in the inning allowed Goshen to get back out front as they plated five runs in the inning to open up an 8-5 lead over the Saints. Holy Cross would add runs in the fifth and sixth innings to get within 8-7, however, David Leaman-Miller would close the door for the Maple Leafs with his first save of the season as Goshen would hang on to defeat the Saints by a final of 8-7.
Darwing Ereu (0-2, 5.56 ERA) suffered the decision in the outing in his first career start. Ereu pitched 4.0 innings while allowing four hits and eight runs (three earned). Jacob Lanning (JR/Roscoe, Ill.) pitched 3.0 scoreless innings out of the bullpen without surrendering a hit and striking out three.
The Saints (5-18) will hit the road on Tuesday, March 25 with a doubleheader against Siena Heights (Mich.) University. They're scheduled to return to Four Winds Field on Friday, March 28 with a nine inning game against Trinity Christian College in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) action. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:30 pm EST.