Sports Information Director
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Holy Cross baseball team resumed Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) action on Friday afternoon with game one of their three-game series with the Trolls of Trinity Christian College. The Saints would have their opportunities on the base paths early in the game but were unable to come up with runs. After falling behind 4-0, the Saints would add three runs over the final two innings and fall just short as the Trolls would take game one by a final score of 4-3.
Fresh off being named Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Pitcher of the Week, Jordan Gard (SO/Mishawaka, Ind.) took the mound picking up where he left off. Gard shut the Trolls down for the first four innings before a pair of a two-out hits helped the Trolls open up a 3-0 lead. They would add one more in the seventh inning to extend their lead to 4-0 over the Saints.
The Saints got their first run on the board in the bottom of the eighth inning after Mike Tarala (JR/Schererville, Ind.) was walked with the bases loaded to bring the score within 4-1. Despite finally getting on the board, the Saints still left three runners on base at the end of the inning.
Jordan Gard remained poised into the ninth inning as he completed 8.1 innings while giving up five hits, four runs (three earned) and striking out two. Adam Janowiak (FR/Granger, Ind.) and CJ Supercynski (SO/South Bend, Ind.) combined to shut down the final two hitters to bring us to the bottom of the ninth inning with the Saints down by three.
After two quick outs to open up the inning, the Saints rallied to plate two runs following single from Jordan Hinton (SO/Granger, Ind.) that brought home two runs to cut the deficit to 4-3. The Saints would then get the tying run to second base and the winning run on first, but were unable to extend the game. Trinity Christian would hold on for the 4-3 victory in game one of the three-game series.
Jacob Lanning (JR/Roscoe, Ill.) went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the Saints.
The Saints left a combined 12 runners on base in the game.
Holy Cross (5-19, 1-2 CCAC) will wrap up the three-game series on Saturday, March 29 at Four Winds Field.