(Mishawaka, Ind.) The Saints baseball team traveled across town to take on the Pilots of Bethel College in a Monday afternoon double header.
The Pilots jumped on freshman pitcher Jackson Hallahan in the first two innings with a combined 7 runs. After a scoreless third inning the Pilots pushed across 2 runs in the home half of the fourth inning and finished the game with run in the sixth to take a 10-0 opening game victory.
The Saints finished with no runs on 4 hits and committed 2 errors. The Pilots scored 10 runs on 15 hits and committed 2 errors.
Branden Paulun picked up his second win of the year with a complete game shutout, striking out 3 and walking 3. Hallahan pitched 5.1 innings giving up 10 earned runs, striking out 2 and walking 1 batter.
Game two proved to be much better for the Saints as they took a 2 run lead in the top of the second inning. Leading for the first time on the day pitcher Ben Bourney cruised through the Pilot lineup in the first two innings.
It was in the bottom of the third when Bourney ran into trouble. The Pilots put up a 5 spot to take a 3 run lead. The Saints managed to get a run back in the top of the fifth, but the Pilots answered with another run in the bottom of the sixth.
The Saints were unable to get any closer and Bethel's Shane Fye finished the final two innings and gave the Pilots a two game sweep.
Bourney suffered the loss pitching 6 innings striking out 1 and walking 2 batters while Elliot Rowe earned the win pitching 5 innings. Jackson Hallahan, Ryan Trosko, and Jordan Schock eached picked up two hits on the day.
The Saints (1-5) return to action Wednesday at Goshen College. Holy Cross defeated the Maple Leafs on February 19th, at St. Catharine's College in Kentucky. The Saints will open their home schedule and conference schedule this Friday, March 18th, at 4pm against the University of St. Francis. All home games are played at Thomas Memorial Stadium in Niles, Mich.