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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Holy Cross baseball team extended their winning streak to four games on Monday afternoon after knocking off the Scarlet Hawks of Illinois Tech in non-conference action. Nick Munger (FR/Perrysburg, Ohio) picked up his first career win with a complete shutout in game one as the Saints defeated Illinois Tech 8-0. A collective bullpen effort paired with late production on offense led the Saints to the 5-1 win in game two to complete the series sweep.
"I thought we came out aggressive in game one and really set the tone," Brian Blondell said. "We put the ball in the right spots and played solid defense. These were two solid wins that helps keep our momentum going."
The Saints quickly got on the scoreboard in game one of Monday's non-conference meeting after Chris Woodruff (JR/Mishawaka, Ind.) led the game off with a hit-by-pitch and swiped his team-best 17th stolen base to get in scoring position. Jacob Lanning (JR/Roscoe, Ill.) then laced a singled to left center field to bring home Woodruff for the first run of the game.
With the first two batters reaching base in the bottom of the fourth, Stephen Clancy (JR/Yorkville, Ill.) jumpstarted a three-run inning for the Saints after a single to center field. Jordan Hinton (SO/Granger, Ind.) followed up with a sacrifice fly before Tommy Goodale (FR/Indianola, Iowa) brought home the third run of the inning to extend the lead to 4-0.
The bats continued to produce in the bottom of the fifth inning as the Saints added four more runs to open up an 8-0 lead.
Nick Munger turned in his most impressive outing of the season pitching seven shutout innings for his first career win and the complete game shutout. Munger finished the day allowing just five hits and striking out two to improve to 1-3 on the year.
In his first career start, freshman Tommy Goodale went 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBI's. Jacob Lanning and Mike Pizzuto (JR/Sarasota, Fla.) each added two hits apiece in the 8-0 game one victory.
Despite surrendering the first run of the game in the top of the second inning of game two, the Saints quickly responded with two runs in the bottom of the third to retake the lead. Jackson Hallahan (SR/Lester Prairie, Minn.) singled home the tying run before Paul Kappaz (JR/Grosse Pointe, Mich.) reached on a fielder's choice to put the Saints in front 2-1.
A collective effort from the bullpen helped the Saints shutdown the Scarlet Hawks at the plate. Blake Comella (JR/Glendale, Ariz.), CJ Supercynski (SO/South Bend, Ind.) and Blake Correll (SO/Oak Creek, Wis.) combined to pitch six shutout innings while surrendering just one hit and striking out four.
The Saints would add runs in the in the fourth and sixth innings to extend their lead to 5-1 as they won their third consecutive series and fourth consecutive game.
Blake Comella (1-0) picked up his first win of the season out of the bullpen after tossing two no-hit innings and striking out two. CJ Supercynski struck out a season-high three batters before Blake Correll got out of a jam in the top of the seventh for his second save of the year.
"We got off to a bit of a slow start in the second game but stayed focused and found a way to get the win," continued Blondell. "The guys are picking each other up when someone struggles and continuing to get better each series."
The Saints (12-23, 6-4 CCAC) will resume Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) action on Wednesday, April 9 with a road doubleheader against Trinity International University. The first pitch is scheduled for 2:00 pm EST.