Sports Information Director
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Holy Cross baseball team wrapped up their three-game series in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) action on Saturday with a doubleheader against Trinity Christian College. Despite two impressive pitching performances, the Saints split the final two games to drop the series to the Trolls. Matt Schwitz (JR/Granger, Ind.) pitched five shutout innings in game one en route to his first career win in game one while Trey Bickel (FR/Mishawaka, Ind.) pitched 8.1 innings in game two but suffered the loss as the Trolls fought back in the bottom of the ninth to win by a final score of 2-1.
Playing in a rare instance as the road team at Four Wind Field due to late scheduling changes, the Holy Cross baseball team got started quickly in game one with a pair of runs in each of the first two innings.
After leading off the game with a hit by pitch, Chris Woodruff (JR/Mishawaka, Ind.) scored the first run of the game following a wild pitch to give the Saints a 1-0 lead. Max Linnville (SO/Boone, N.C.) laced a single to right field to score Stephen Clancy (JR/Yorkville, Ill.) as the Saints quickly opened up a 2-0 lead after the top of the first inning.
The Saints would plate two more runs in the top of the second inning to extend their lead to 4-0.
Making his first start since March 15 after an arm injury, Matt Schwitz worked an impressive game following the early run support. Schwitz would get through five shutout innings while allowing four hits and striking out two. Blake Correll (SO/Oak Creek, Wis.) and Jacob Lanning (JR/Roscoe, Ill.) would take control over the final two innings to shut down the Trolls as Schwitz (1-4) would pick up his first career win with the Saints. Additionally, Lanning would record his first career save with the team after getting out of a jam to give the Saints a 4-0 victory.
Jordan Hinton (SO/Granger, Ind.) picked a pair of hits in the game to lead the Saints.
The Saints took the field in game two looking to take the series from the trolls with freshman Trey Bickel on the mound. In a true pitchers dual, Bickel worked quickly and effective after getting a big double play in the bottom of the first inning.
Both teams struggled to get any major threats throughout the first four innings. It was in the top of the fifth where the Saints first got on the board. Michael Rostine (SO/Hanover Park, Ill.) led inning off with a single while courtesy runner Tom McCartney (JR/Saginaw, Mich.) quickly stole second base. Chris Woodruff later singled in the inning to bring McCartney to third base before Max Linnville advanced both runners on the hit-and-run to give the Saints the 1-0 advantage.
Following the lead Bickel continued to shut down the Trolls, holding them hitless over the next four innings. The same could be said for Vince Van Schouwen, however, as the Saints were unable to bring home any more runs.
Bickel took the mound in the bottom of the ninth inning with a 1-0 lead and quickly got the leadoff man to ground out to shortstop. An error in the field on the next play, followed by a single through the left side gave the Trolls their first significant threat of the game. Jacob Lanning was then brought in to relieve Bickel who finished the game with 8.1 innings pitched and two hits.
Danny Britt broke the tie for the Trolls with one out in the inning with a double to deep center field to tie the game at one and put the winning run on third base. After intentionally walking the next batter, pitcher Jacob Lanning made an incredible catch in foul ground to strand the bases loaded with two outs. The Trolls, though, would score the game-winning run on the next at bat following an error by the Saints to walk-off with a 2-1 victory and a series win.
Trey Bickel (1-3) suffered the decision in the outing after throwing 8.1 innings with two hits, two unearned runs and three strikeouts.
The Saints finished the game with three errors in the field.
Holy Cross (6-20, 2-3 CCAC) will wrap up their five-game weekend on Sunday, March 30 with a doubleheader against NCAA Division I opponent IPFW. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:00 pm at Four Winds Field.