Sports Information Director
WHITING, Ind. – The Holy Cross baseball team wrapped up their three-game series with the Crimson Wave of Calumet St. Joseph on Sunday afternoon at Oil City Stadium. After falling behind 1-0 in the second inning, the Saints rallied with three runs in the bottom of the seventh to take their first lead of the game. They would add one final run in the eighth inning before Blake Correll (SO/Oak Creek, Wis.) would shut down the Crimson Wave in order in the ninth as the Saints went on to sweep the series with a 4-1 decision.
Despite getting in challenging positions during the early stages of Sunday afternoon's series finale, Nick Munger (FR/Perrysburg, Ohio) continued to find ways to keep the Saints in the game. After several quick innings for the Saints hitters, Munger continued to battle on the mound and keep the Crimson Wave lead at just 1-0.
The Saints found their first great threat on the offensive end in the bottom of the third inning after Chris Woodruff (JR/Mishawaka, Ind.) led off with a triple. After three failed opportunities to drive the run in, the Saints still trailed 1-0.
It wasn't until the bottom of the seventh inning where the Saints final got on the scoreboard. Stephen Clancy (JR/Yorkville, Ill.) led off the inning reaching first base on a throwing error by the Crimson Wave and was advanced to second base after Mike Pizzuto (JR/Sarasota, Fla.) snuck a single through the left side. A successful sacrifice bunt from Blake Correll put the runners in scoring position before Darwing Ereu (JR/Mishawaka, Ind.) laced a double to right center field to bring home two runs and give the Saints a 2-1 lead. Chris Woodruff would bring home the third run of the inning following a single to left center and put the Saints in great position with a 3-1 lead through seven innings.
Munger's day on the mound would end after the three-run seventh inning by the Saints offense. For the day, Munger complete seven innings while allowing just two hits, one run and striking out a season-high six batters. Adam Janowiak (FR/Granger, Ind.) replaced Munger in the eighth inning and got out of the inning unscathed despite allowing a pair of hits.
Stephen Clancy once again led off the eighth inning with a single off the pitcher, eventually scoring on a sacrifice fly from Bryan Reed (FR/Charlotte, Mich.) that put the Saints in front 4-1.
With just three outs sitting between the Saints and a CCAC sweep, they turned to reliable closing pitcher Blake Correll to get the job done. Correll shut down the Crimson Wave in order on his way to his fourth save of the year and giving the Saints the 4-1 victory and season sweep over the Crimson Wave.
Nick Munger (2-3) picked up his second consecutive victory for the Saints in the decision.
Three Saints finished the game with multiple hits, led by Chris Woodruff who finished 3-for-4 on the day with a triple and an RBI. Stephen Clancy and Mike Pizzuto each picked up two hits in the effort.
With the win, the Saints improved to 16-24 overall and 10-5 in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) action. The 10 conference wins are the most in the history of the Holy Cross baseball program.
The Saints will resume action on Tuesday, April 15 with a doubleheader in Chicago, Illinois against Saint Xavier University. The twinbill is scheduled to begin at 2:30 pm EST.