Sports Information Director
CHICAGO, Ill. – The Holy Cross baseball team continued their strong start to the month of April on Wednesday afternoon with a series split on the road with Saint Xavier University. A late run in game one lifted the Saints to a 1-0 victory before ultimately falling in game two by a score of 7-4. Jacob Lanning (JR/Roscoe, Ill.) was solid on the mound again for the Saints, tossing a complete game shutout and striking out a season-high nine batters in game one. Blake Correll (SO/Oak Creek, Wis.) added two RBI's in game two to lead the Saints at the plate.
After four innings of scoreless baseball during game one, the Saints finally started to find some production at the plate. Jordan Hinton (SO/Granger, Ind.) and Blake Correll recorded back-to-back hits before Darwing Ereu (JR/Mishawaka, Ind.) drove in the first run of the game on a single to right center to put the Saints up 1-0.
As the Saints took control of the lead, Jacob Lanning began to take control on the mound. In the final two innings, the Cougars had runners on third base with less than two outs and Lanning was able to stay composed and get out of danger each time. In the bottom of the seventh with one out, Lanning struck out the final two batters to finish with his second consecutive complete game.
The Saints had six hits in the ballgame from six different hitters. Darwing Ereu finished the game 1-for-1 with the game-winning RBI while also drawing two walks.
Lanning (4-5) picked up his fourth complete game of the season while working seven shutout innings. Over the game, Lanning allowed just five hits, one walk and struck out a season-high nine batters. The win gave the Saints four consecutive; their second longest streak of the season.
The Cougars jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in game two of the doubleheader before Jackson Hallahan (SR/Lester Prairie, Minn.) brought home the tying run on a sacrifice fly in the top of the third inning. Saint Xavier would then retake the lead in the bottom half of the fourth after plating two runs on three hits in the inning to go up 3-1.
Blake Correll laced a single up the middle in the top of the sixth to score two runs and put the Saints up 4-3. The Cougars would tie the game in the bottom half of the sixth, however, and string together a three-run inning in the bottom of the eighth to take a 7-4 lead over the Saints. The Saints were unable to get any production in the ninth, ultimately falling to the Cougars by a final of 7-4 and concluding the series with a 1-1 split.
Trey Bickel (FR/Mishawaka, Ind.) pitched 4.1 innings for the Saints on the start, allowing eight hits, three runs and striking out two. Blake Comella (JR/Glendale, Ariz.) (1-1) suffered the decision after pitching 1.0 inning and allowing three hits and three runs.
The Saints gave up 14 hits in game two while recording just five of their own. Blake Correll went 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI's to lead the way.
"We had our opportunities but unfortunately came up just short in game two," head coach Brian Blondell stated. "It was good to take one in the series, but we will look to come back stronger in our next series as each conference game is becoming more and more important.
The Saints (17-25, 11-6 CCAC) will resume action with their final home series of the year beginning on Friday, April 18 against Olivet Nazarene University. Game one will take place at 6:00 pm EST on Friday and conclude with a noon start doubleheader on Saturday. In between games on Saturday, the Saints will honor their six-member senior class for their contributions to the Holy Cross Saints program.