Elgin, Ill. - The Holy Cross College baseball 2015 season and program came to end on Monday night as the Saints were defeated by Robert Morris, 7-5. The Saints started the day with a victory over the Trolls of Trinity Christian, 23-4 to advance to the fourth round of play before being eliminated by RMU. The Saints finish the year 31-21 overall ending the program with the winningiest season in history.
Darwing Ereu earned his fourth win of the year pitching five innings and giving up only one earned run. The Saints had a total of 20 hits in the game highlighted by Jacob Lanning going 5-for-5 including three doubles.
The Saints made short work of the Trolls scoring eight runs in the first three innings and giving up only one run to take an 8-1 lead into the fourth inning.
In the top of the fifth, the Saints put the game out of reach after scoring seven runs on seven hits including a Corleone Desimone three-run homer to right centerfield.
The Saints tacked on five more runs before the game ended taking a 23-4 win and moving on to the next round.
Trey Bickel started on the mound for the Saints pitching five innings with six strikeouts and four earned runs. The Saints put together 10 total hits for the game with four different players grabbing two hits each.
The Eagles took an early lead in the bottom of the first inning scoring two runs on three hits.
RMU took back their two run lead in the bottom of the fifth an RBI double and an RBI single.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Saints brought in Rodney Bettcher to relieve Bickel. Bettcher gave up one run on one hit in the sixth giving the Saints a 5-4 disadvantage.
Senior catcher Jordan Hinton didn't waste any time in the top of the seventh smacking a solo shot homerun to left field tying the game, 5-5.
After giving up a single to start the bottom of the seventh inning, Matt Schwitz came in to relieve Bettcher and try to keep the Saints from falling behind. After getting the next batter to pop out, RMU's scored on an error and an RBI single to take a 7-5 lead into the eighth.
In the top of the ninth with two outs, the Saints began a rally as Hinton and Paul Kappaz both singled to put two runners on base. Pizzuto made contact and reached on a fielder's choice, but Kappaz was thrown out at second ending the Saints 2015 season.
"It's been a memorable season, " said Head Coach Brian Blondell. "What these 34 guys accomplished this year with everything that was thrown at them was truly remarkable."
Thank you to our Holy Cross baseball team for a great effort and great season. Go Saints!