(Barbourville, Ky.) The Holy Cross Saints continued their spring break trip around Kentucky Wednesday afternoon taking on the Bulldogs of Union College in a double header. Offense was a struggle for the Saints during the two games as they managed just one run off of eight hits while giving up twenty four runs off of twenty three hits. The Saints dropped to 5-8 on the season after dropping both matchups to the Bulldogs.
"We struggled in every facet of the game today," said Saints head coach Brian Blondell. "We had a hard time getting hits against their pitching and in turn had a difficult time eliminating the big inning."
The Bulldogs opened up the scoring in in the bottom of the second inning with a two hit and one error inning that brought home two runs.
Holy Cross was able to get one back in the top of third after Giovanni Ayala (Miami, Fla.) led off the inning with a single and stole second base for his seventh stolen base of the season. Trevor Hurley (Sioux Falls, Sd.) followed up with an RBI single which brought home Ayala to make it a 2-1 game.
Union, however, once again brought in two runs in the bottom of third after three hits, including a double, which brought home Tyler Brake. A sacrifice fly by Tyler Young brought home the second run which made it a 4-1 game.
The Bulldogs added one run in the fifth and two in the sixth to make it a 7-1 ballgame. The Saints were unable to produce any runs in the top of the seventh and dropped their fourth consecutive game to the Bulldogs.
Andrew Salazar (Tucson, Az.) got the start for the Saints and pitched five innings while giving up seven hits, five runs (three earned), walking three and striking out one. Calib Wininger (Kokomo, Ind.) pitched the final inning for the Saints giving up three hits, two runs and striking out one.
After a quick top of the first inning where the Saints went down 1-2-3, the Bulldogs opened up the game with a big six run bottom half of the first where they scored six runs on three hits and an error.
Freshman pitcher Alex Erwin (Niles, Mich.) had a tough time getting outs to start the game and lasted 1/3 of an inning. Calib Wininger came out of the bullpen and held the Bulldogs scoreless for the next 2 2/3 innings to keep the score knotted at 6-0 in favor of the Bulldogs.
In their final three innings at the plate, the Bulldogs bats were active as they were able to rally off eleven runs over the next three innings to make it a 17-0 deficit for the Saints.
The bats were unable to produce any momentum or opportunities in gam two as the Saints finished with only three hits compared to the thirteen produced by Union.
Holy Cross went down 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh to end the game with a 17-0 loss for the Saints; their worst loss of the season.
Ben Bournay, Dan Wawrzusin and Blake Comella (Glendale, Az.) recorded the three lone hits for the Saints. The hit for Bournay extends his hitting streak to twelve straight games since going hitless in the season opener on February 24th against Oakland City University.
"Today in general was a struggle for us," continued coach Blondell. "We need to do a lot of things better if we want to get back on track. We have one game left on this trip before we head home so hopefully tomorrow we can end this trip on a positive note."
The Saints will close out their 2013 spring break trip across Kentucky as they take on Berea College in a nine inning game beginning at 1:00 p.m. EST.