(St. Catharine, Kent.) Pat Huyge's (Grand Haven, Mich.) complete game against Goshen College earned the Holy Cross baseball program's first collegiate varsity win. Playing two years as a club team the Saints began 2011 as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
Playing three games at St. Catharine's College, the Saints took to the diamond for the first time against the Patriots of St. Catharine's in a two game series followed by a 7 inning game against the Maple Leafs of Goshen College.
The Saints struggled in their first two games against the Patriots dropping game one 11-1 and game two 11-0. In the two games the Patriots combined for 22 runs on 20 hits while the Saints managed 1 run on 7 hits. Patriot pitcher Adam Gillcrist held the Saints to one hit in the second game which was a double by Jordan Schock (South Bend, Ind.).
However, after the two losses the Saints took on a familiar face in Goshen College. After 2 ½ scoreless innings the Saints finally broke through in the bottom half of the third with 2 runs as 5 straight batters reached based. Huyge carried his momentum into the 4th inning shutting down the Maple Leaf batters.
After a quiet 4th inning, Goshen was able to post 3 runs in the top of the 5th to take a one run lead. The Leafs carried that lead into the bottom of the 7th as the Saints were looking to get a run across home plate to send the game into extra innings.
The Saints were able to load the bases with two outs after a Robert Jankowski (South Bend, Ind.) single an error and a walk to Ryan Trosko (Sandy, Ore.). With two outs right fielder Jordan Schock stepped up to the plate and smashed a game winning two run double to give the Saints their first victory in dramatic fashion.
Pat Huyge threw 7 innings facing 26 batters and gave up 1 earned run on 93 pitches. Both Schock and Trosko finished the day with 2 RBI's.
"The guys never gave up this weekend" said Head Coach Tom Sutula. "I had a sense coming into the bottom half of the 7th that we were going to be able to pull this one out."
The Saints will remain idle until March 14th, when they travel across town to face Bethel College in a double header. First pitch is slated for 1pm.