Sports Information Director
WHITING, Ind. – The Holy Cross baseball team got off to a great start in their three-game series with Calumet St. Joseph on Saturday evening taking both games in the doubleheader. Four consecutive runs in game one gave the Saints early momentum on their way to the 4-1 victory. It was a nine-run sixth inning in game two that guided the Saints to a 10-0 victory and series win. Strong pitching combined with six hits from Jacob Lanning (JR/Roscoe, Ill.) in the doubleheader led the Saints to a pair of wins.
After leaving a pair on base in the top of the second, the Saints scored the first run of the game in the top of the third following an RBI single from junior Paul Kappaz (JR/Grosse Pointe, Mich.). Jordan Gard (SO/Mishawaka, Ind.) responded with strong effort in the bottom half of the inning, getting a strikeout looking and stranding three runners on base.
With the momentum coming off the big strikeout from Gard, the Saints proceeded to come up with production at the plate. In the top of the fourth, they added three runs off just one hit to extend their lead to 4-0.
With their lead at 4-0, the Saints continued to keep the Crimson Wave's threats to a minimum, allowing just one unearned run over the final four innings.
Jordan Gard (3-2) finished the game pitching five innings while allowing five hits, an unearned run and striking out three. Blake Correll (SO/Oak Creek, Wis.) came in for the final two innings and held Calumet St. Joseph to just two hits on the way to his third save of the season.
Jacob Lanning led the Saints with two hits in four plate appearances in the game.
Hits were difficult to come by in the beginning of game two as there were just three combined through the first three innings. The Saints broke through in the top of the fourth after Jacob Lanning down the left field line and Max Linnville (SO/Boone, N.C.) singled him home for the first run of the game.
After opening up the 1-0 advantage, both teams put up zero's in the fifth inning. It was in the top of sixth where the Saints finally broke through. After five hits and one error by the Crimson Wave, the Saints put up nine runs in the inning to open up a 10-0 advantage. In the inning, Jacob Lanning picked up two of his four hits for the game.
The Saints would shut down the Crimson Wave in the sixth and seventh, leading to a 10-0 victory due to the 10-run rule.
Junior Matt Schwitz (JR/Granger, Ind.) (4-4) pitched all seven innings for the Saints, allowing just three hits, no runs and striking out three. Schwitz has now recorded four consecutive wins in each of his last four appearances while not allowing a run.
Jacob Lanning continued his strong day with a 4-for-4 performance in game two, including two doubles and two RBI's. Blake Correll added a 2-for-3 day at the plate while Max Linnville drove in a pair of runs.
With the doubleheader sweep, the Saints improve to 15-24 overall and 9-5 in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) action. The nine wins in CCAC play matches a program-best achieved last season.
The Saints will wrap up their three-game series with the Crimson Wave tomorrow afternoon in Whiting, Ind. with a nine inning game scheduled for 2:00 pm EST.