SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Holy Cross baseball team wrapped up their five-game weekend on Sunday with a doubleheader against the Mastodons from IPFW, an NCAA Division I opponent. Struggles on both sides of the field hampered the Saints as the Mastodons poured on 17 runs in game one and 13 in game two for the series sweep.
The Mastodons worked quickly in game one, producing runs in through the first four innings. Carter DeBoe got things started in the top of the first with a two-run home run to right field to put the Saints behind 2-0. DeBoe would continue his strong play with an RBI triple in the second and a double in the third that drove in three runs as the Mastodons went up 7-0 on the Saints.
Offensively, the Saints were shutdown in order their first time through the batting order before Chris Woodruff (JR/Mishawaka, Ind.) singled to right field in the bottom of the fourth to break up the no-hitter.
Trailing 10-0, the Saints finally found some momentum offensively in the bottom of the fifth inning after Jackson Hallahan (SR/Lester Prairie, Minn.) led things off with a walk. Mike Pizzuto (JR/Sarasota, Fla.) laced a double down the left field line to put runners in scoring position before Darwing Ereu (JR/Mishawaka, Ind.) drove in the first run of night with a single to right field. Chris Woodruff would then clear the bases with a triple to center field that brought the Saints within 10-4.
IPFW, however, responded rather quickly with five runs in the top of the sixth. Darwing Ereu would bring the Saints within 15-5 in the bottom of the sixth after an RBI single down the right field line, but the Mastodons were not quite finished offensively.
Carter DeBoe laced an RBI single through the right side in the top of the seventh to complete the cycle. DeBoe finished the game 4-for-4 with seven RBI's as the Mastodons knocked off the Saints in game one by a final score of 17-5.
Paul Geha (FR/Fort Wayne, Ind.) (1-1) suffered the loss in the decision. Darwing Ereu and Chris Woodruff each picked up a pair of hits for the Saints. Ereu went 2-for-3 with two RBI's while Woodruff went 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBI's.
Game two started out much better defensively for the Saints as they got through the first inning unscathed. However, the Mastodons got things going in the second inning after plating six runs off of four hits and the help of a Saints error.
The Saints struggled hitting the ball the entire game, finishing with just four hits. IPFW would add two runs in the fourth and five in the sixth as they defeated the Saints for the series sweep by a final score of 13-0.
Nick Munger (FR/Perrysburg, Ohio) (0-2) suffered the loss in game two after pitching 4.2 innings while allowing 10 hits, 13 runs (four earned) and striking out three.
Holy Cross (6-22) will resume Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) action on Tuesday, April 1 with a 3:00 pm DH against Cardinal Stritch in Milwaukee, Wis. They will return home to Four Winds Field on Saturday, April 5 with a 2:00 pm DH against Purdue North Central.