Sports Information Director
CHICAGO, Ill. – The Holy Cross Saints baseball team hit the road on Wednesday for a twinbill against Roosevelt University in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) action. After opening leads in both games, Roosevelt would respond in the late stages of each game to come away with a pair of 4-3 victories over the Saints. With the series loss at Roosevelt, the Saints have now lost three consecutive games.
The Saints jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in game one of Wednesday's doubleheader after a big two-out rally. Jacob Lanning (JR/Roscoe, Ill.) drove in the first run of the game before the Saints added two more with the help of an error by the shortstop for Roosevelt.
Following the early success on offense, Saints starting pitcher Matt Schwitz (JR/Granger, Ind.) got a double play ground ball to eliminate the threat posed by the Lakers.
Roosevelt would add their first run of the afternoon in the bottom of the third one hit and a pair of walks led to a run scoring on a fielder's choice. The Lakers had now cut the Saints lead to 3-1.
The Saints would struggle to execute over the course of the game despite the three-run first inning. After having the bases loaded with no outs in the second, they struggled to bring in any runs. They would again have runners in scoring position at second and third in the fourth but struggled to bring in a run.
The Lakers put together a lengthy inning during the bottom of the fifth where they would add two runs to tie the score at 3-3. After hitting back-to-back batters, Schwitz's day would end tossing 4.1 innings, allowing three hits, three runs and three walks.
Roosevelt's starting pitcher Miramontes pitched his strongest in the late stages of game one, shutting down the Saints in order in the sixth and seventh.
Saints reliver Trey Bickel (FR/Mishawaka, Ind.) would strike out the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the seventh before the Lakers started putting together a rally. Grzywa would single to center field and then steal second to put the winning run in scoring position. A walk and a failed pickoff attempt would then move the winning run to third base. After intentionally walking the next batter to load the bases with one out, the Lakers would score the game-winning run on a wild pitch to complete the comeback with a 4-3 win over the Saints.
Bickel (1-6) suffered the decision in the game after tossing 2.0 innings while allowing three hits, one run, two walks and two strikeouts.
The Saints left eight runners on base for the game, and didn't score a run besides the three-run first inning.
Similar to game one, the Saints were first to get on the board in the series rubber match. A three-hit third inning helped the Saints plate two runs to open a 2-0 advantage.
The Lakers would draw within 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth after a double to right field brought home their first run of the game. They would then tie up the score at 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth after an RBI single with two outs brought in the tying run.
Following the tying run in the fifth by Roosevelt, the Saints then reclaimed the lead in the top of the sixth after Mike Pizzuto (JR/Sarasota, Fla.) reached on the fielding error by the second basemen.
The lead would hold strong for the Saints until the bottom of the seventh where the Lakers laced an RBI single to right field with two outs to knot the score at 3-3.
The Saints would once again get runners in scoring position at second and third with one out in the top of the eighth, but were unable to bring in the go-ahead run.
With the missed opportunity, the Lakers came up clutch in the late stages again with a two-hit bottom of the eighth that plated the go-ahead run. The Saints would then get the tying run to second base with one out in the ninth, but a fly out to centerfield and ground out to the first basemen would end their threat and give Roosevelt their second consecutive comeback win by a score of 4-3.
Jacob Lanning (4-6) pitched all eight innings for the Saints while allowing 10 hits, four runs and striking out four.
The Saints had just four hits in game two and left eight runners on base.
Holy Cross (19-28, 13-9 CCAC) will resume CCAC action on the road with a three-game series beginning on Saturday, April 26 with a doubleheader at the University of St. Francis (Ill.). The series will wrap up with a single game on Sunday, April 27.