Sports Information Director
DEERFIELD, Ill. – The Holy Cross baseball team continued their productive play on Wednesday afternoon in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) action as they took on the Trojans of Trinity International University. After jumping out to an early 2-0 lead in game one, it would take extra innings for the Saints to come out with the 5-2 victory, extending their win streak to five games. However, the Saints mustered up just three hits in the finale and fell to the Trojans by a final of 4-2 to split the series.
A productive start to game one had Chris Woodruff (JR/Mishawaka, Ind.) reach base with a hit-by-pitch, steal second and advance to third on a sacrifice bunt from Jackson Hallahan (SR/Lester Prairie, Minn.). Jacob Lanning (JR/Roscoe, Ill.) then drove in the first run of the day for the Saints after sacrifice fly to center field. The Saints would bring home their second run of the game after Hallahan stole home, just getting past the catcher on a slide to the plate.
After the strong start by the Saints, the Trojans quickly responded with three hits in the bottom half of the inning and drew within 2-1 of the Saints lead.
The game remained scoreless following the productive first inning for both teams until the Trojans added the game-tying run in the bottom of the fifth. With runner's still threatening, Jacob Lanning struck out a batter and generated a fly out to end the threat.
With the game still tied at 2-2 through seven innings, the Saints and Trojans headed to extra innings.
The Saints added three runs off of two this in the inning to retake the lead at 5-2. Jacob Lanning continued to pitch effectively in the late stages of the game and shut down the Trojans with two runners left stranded as the Saints pulled off the game one victory by a final score of 5-2.
Chris Woodruff, Jackson Hallahan and Paul Kappaz (JR/Grosse Pointe, Mich.) each went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead the Saints.
Jacob Lanning (3-5) pitched all eight innings while allowing five hits, two runs (one earned) and striking out five.
It was the Trojans who would strike first in game two after plating a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to open up the 2-0 advantage. The Saints would draw within 2-1 in the top of the fifth after the sacrifice fly from Jacob Lanning, however, TIU would then add two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to extend their lead to 4-1.
Blake Correll (SO/Oak Creek, Wis.) brought the Saints within 4-2 in the sixth inning, however, that was as close as they would get. The Trojans would hold on to knock off the Saints by a final of 4-2 in game two, generating a series split and ending the Saints five-game win streak.
Trey Bickel (FR/Mishawaka, Ind.) (1-5) suffered the decision in the outing after pitching five innings and allowing six hits, four runs (three earned) and striking out four.
Austin Kiser-Petrie (SR/Lucerne, Ind.) pitched a scoreless final frame for the Saints despite allowing three hits.
Hits were difficult to come by in game two as the Saints finished the game with just three.
Holy Cross (13-24, 7-5 CCAC) will resume CCAC action on Saturday, April 12 with a doubleheader on the road against the Crimson Wave of Calumet St. Joseph.