Bourbonnais, Ill. - Holy Cross split their final doubleheader of the regular season with Olivet Nazarene winning game one, 2-0 and losing game two, 8-5. The Saints finish the regular season with the best record in program history going 29-19 overall and 19-11 in CCAC play. The Saints qualify for the CCAC Tournament by finishing 2nd in the CCAC South Division.
Rodney Bettcher started at pitcher for the Saints and gave up zero runs in the first three innings before Darwing Ereu stepped in for the remaining four innings and grabbed his third win of the season giving up zero runs as well. The Saints didn't generate much offense in the game, but made it count when they did. Corleone Desimone and Tommy Goodale each grabbed one hit and one RBI for the game.
It was a pitcher's duel for the first two innings as neither team could score a run, but Holy Cross ended that in the top of the third when Goodale singled past shortstop and scored Stephen Clancy for the first run of the game.
The Saints' defense remained an immovable object for the Tigers as the Saints clung to their one run lead through the next three innings.
In the top of the seventh, Tom McCartney was able to score for the Saints on an error by the Tigers' shortstop doubling up the lead for the Saints, 2-0.
The Saints went three up, three down to end the game and claim their second win over Olivet this season.
Ereu continued his hot pitching by starting in game two and giving up only two earned runs in five innings pitched. C.J. Superczynski was handed his first loss of the season giving up four earned runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Jordan Hinton, Clancy, and Desimone all racked up two hits each in the second game as the Saints outhit Olivet 10-6 for the game.
Both teams started the second game hot from the plate. The Saints racked up three runs on five hits in the top of the first inning, but the Tigers were on their heels scoring two runs on two errors in the bottom of the inning.
The Tigers tied the game in the bottom of the second with an RBI single that put both teams at three runs apiece.
Bryan Reed broke the deadlock for the Saints in the top of the fourth inning with a solo shot homerun. Desimone smacked an RBI single that scored Clancy giving the Saints a 5-3 lead after four innings of play.
The Saints remained on top until the bottom of the eighth when the Tigers rallied and put together a four runs on three hits to take a 8-5 lead going into the ninth. The Saints were unable to generate a ninth inning rally of their own and fell to the Tigers.
Up next, the Saints will travel to Judson for the first round of the CCAC Tournament on Friday, May 1st. The opponent and game time are TBA stay tuned for more info.