(Schaumburg, Ill.) The Saints baseball team was back in action Wednesday afternoon in a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) double header against Roosevelt University at Alexian Field.
In game one the Saints jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Ben Bourney started the Saints off with a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Pat Huyge roped a single through the left side as Bourney advanced to third. Jackson Hallahan brought home Bourney on a SAC bunt to give the Saints the early lead.
However, in the home half of the 1st, Roosevelt put up 4 runs on 4 hits as the first 4 batters reached base.
The Saints cut the Lakers lead to 1 in the 3rd after Bourney once again started the inning reaching base on an error. Huyge followed up with his second hit on the day driving home Bourney. After a Hallahan single Ryan Trosko brought home Huyge from third on a SAC fly.
Unfortunately for the Saints Roosevelt tacked on 9 runs on 7 hits in the bottom of the 3rd to take a commanding 13-3 lead. Each team added one more run and the Lakers took game 1 14-4 in 5 innings.
Jim Randazzo of Roosevelt recorded the win. Jackson Hallahan suffered the loss giving up 9 hits, 11 runs, striking out 2 and walking 1.
In game two the Saints once again took an early lead scoring 4 runs in the first two innings on 5 hits. Huyge and Hallahan each scored in the first while Sam Rubino and Bourney scored in the second. Trosko and Huyge each picked up RBI's.
Robert Jankowski shut the Lakers down through the first two innings but ran into trouble in the third surrendering 2 runs on 3 hits.
A pitching change in the fourth inning brought in Ben Bourney but Roosevelt took a 5-4 lead scoring 3 runs on 2 hits and took advantage of 3 fielding errors by the Saints.
The Saints fought back in the 5th scoring 5 runs on 5 hits. All 5 hits were singles including a leadoff single for Huyge that started the Saints rally.
The Lakers did not back down in the 5th scoring 3 runs on 4 hits. However, the Saints had an answer every time Roosevelt drew closer. Holy Cross added 2 runs in the 6th and 1 in the 7th as they held on for a 12-9 victory.
Jackson Hallahan recorded the first save of the season and Robert Jankowski earned the victory in three innings of work giving up 7 runs 4 of which were earned.
The Saints ended a 28 game losing streak and earning their first conference victory of the season. Holy Cross will be back in action on Monday, April 25th, at 4pm as they host cross town foe Bethel College at Thomas Memorial Stadium.