Sports Information Director
WESTVILLE, Ind. – The Holy Cross baseball team responded from a 7-0 deficit on Sunday afternoon to come back in the top of the ninth inning in the rubber match against the PNC Panthers. A bases clearing double in the 10th inning from Chris Woodruff (JR/Mishawaka, Ind.) would be enough to complete the comeback as the Saints would finish off the Panthers by a score of 10-7 and take the season series at 2-1.
"The guys faced plenty of adversity in this game but never felt they were out of it," head coach Brian Blondell stated. "They continued to fight all the way until the end and came out with a big series win."
A scoreless game through the first five innings was quickly changed in the bottom of the sixth inning where the Panthers added seven runs to open up a significant advantage in the later stages of the rubber match.
Still trailing 7-0 through seven innings, the Saints finally got on the scoreboard in the eighth inning after adding five runs off of three hits and the help of a PNC error to bring them within 7-5.
With pressure mounting in the top of the ninth inning, the Saints continued to stay patient at the plate and added two more runs in the final frame. Jackson Hallahan (SR/Lester Prairie, Minn.) drew a key walk to bring the Saints within 7-6 before Darwing Ereu (JR/Mishawaka, Ind.) scored on a passed ball to tie the game at 7-7.
Jacob Lanning (JR/Roscoe, Ill.) would shut the Panthers down in order in the bottom of the ninth as the game would then head to extra innings.
Mike Pizzuto (JR/Sarasota, Fla.) led off the top of the 10th inning with a single and then advanced to second base as Stephen Clancy (JR/Yorkville, Ill.) reached base on an infield error. After a fielder's choice would get Pizzuto out at third, Mike Rostine would get a big hit to load up the bases. With two outs and the game on the line, Chris Woodruff would rip a bases-clearing double to put the Saints on top for the first time on the afternoon at 10-7.
Lanning would continue to pitch strong in the bottom half of the 10th and got a big 6-4-3 double play to end the game with a 10-7 win in the series finale.
Chris Woodruff went 2-for-5 at the plate with a run scored and four RBI's to lead the Saints.
The Saints scored the final 10 runs of the game after falling behind 7-0.
Holy Cross (10-23, 6-4 CCAC) will return home on Monday, April 7 with a non-conference doubleheader against Illinois Tech.