Sports Information Director
JOLIET, Ill. – Struggles continued for the Holy Cross Saints baseball team on Saturday afternoon as they took on the University of St. Francis (Ill.) in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) action. A slow start in game one had them playing from behind the entire game before ultimately falling by a final of 8-5. The Saints would take an early 1-0 lead in game two, however, St. Francis would add eight unanswered runs before sweeping the day with an 8-4 victory. With the pair of losses, the Saints have now lost five consecutive games.
Playing as the home team in Joliet due to earlier scheduling conflicts earlier in the season, the Saints fell behind early as St. Francis opened up six early runs in the first two innings.
The Saints would get on the board in the bottom of the second inning after an RBI single from Blake Correll (SO/Oak Creek, Wis.) and a sacrifice fly from Paul Kappaz (JR/Grosse Pointe, Mich.) to draw within 6-2. St. Francis, though, would extend their lead to 7-2 in the top of the third after a three-hit inning.
Jordan Gard (SO/Mishawaka, Ind.)'s day would end 2.0 innings and three batters in the top of the third. Gard allowed 10 hits, seven runs (three earned) and struck out one.
St. Francis would extend their lead to as high as 8-2 before the Saints scored the final three runs of the game and ultimately falling by a score of 8-5.
Jordan Gard (4-3) suffered the decision in the outing; his first loss since March 22. Adam Janowiak (FR/Granger, Ind.) pitched a season-high 4.0 innings while allowing two hits, one run and one walk. Blake Comella (JR/Glendale, Ariz.) pitched a scoreless frame in seventh to round out the Saints pitchers.
Blake Correll went 2-for-3 with two RBIs to lead the Saints. Paul Kappaz also drove in a pair of RBIs while Darwing Ereu (JR/Mishawaka, Ind.) brought home the fifth RBI for the Saints.
Struggles were apparent in the field as the Saints had four errors in the game.
With game one in the books, the Saints jumped out to their first lead of the day at the start of game two following the RBI single from Tommy Goodale (FR/Indianola, Iowa) in the bottom of the first. St. Francis would quickly respond, however, in the top of the second inning following a three-run inning off of three hits and the help of a Holy Cross error.
The Saints would lead off the bottom of the second with back-to-back hits but failed to get any production out of it after three consecutive outs by St. Francis.
St. Francis would add one run in the fifth and four in the sixth to extend their lead to as large as 8-1. Holy Cross would add runs in the sixth, seventh and ninth to get within 8-4, however, the comeback would not be enough as St. Francis would hold on to sweep the day with an 8-4 final score in game two.
Nick Munger (FR/Perrysburg, Ohio) (2-5) suffered the decision in game two after pitching 5.1 innings and allowing 11 hits, seven runs (five earned) and three strikeouts. The Saints bullpen would throw 3.2 innings while allowing three hits, one run and two strikeouts.
Darwing Ereu went 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI to lead the Saints. Tom McCartney (JR/Saginaw, Mich.) came in as a late substitution and went 2-for-2 at the plate.
Errors were an issue again for the Saints in game two as they had three in the game and finished with seven on the day.
Holy Cross (19-30, 13-11 CCAC) will wrap up the three-game series on Sunday, April 27 with a 1:00 pm start in Joliet, Ill. Darwing Ereu is scheduled to start for the Saints.