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(Whiting, Ind.) A pair of impressive outings from the Saints pitching staff paired with timely hitting helped propel the Holy Cross Saints to their third consecutive win, and series sweep, against the Crimson Wave of Calumet College of St. Joseph over the weekend. This was the first time in the young history of Holy Cross baseball that the program has swept a conference opponent. The Saints now sit at 10-16 overall and 5-6 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC).
"It was a heck of an effort by our guys," stated coach Blondell regarding the Saints sweep over the Crimson Wave. "Blake and Calib were outstanding on the mound for us, and we were able to get some big hits and key spots on offense to help both guys pick up wins. It was a good weekend for our club."
A big first inning in game one of the doubleheader had the Saints jump out to an early 4-0 lead on the Crimson Wave. From there on out it would be smooth sailing thanks to a stellar pitching performance from Blake Comella (Glendale, AZ). Comella, who picked up his first career win in the procress, pitched all seven innings for the Saints while allowing only six hits, an earned run and striking out two batters.
The Saints added two runs in the second inning to make it a 6-0 lead before the Crimson Wave would add their only run in the bottom of the second.
After taking game one in rather impressive fashion, the Saints looked to close out the series with their first conference sweep since joining the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference in the 2011 season.
This time around it was the Crimson Wave who would strike first with one run in the bottom of the second inning after suffering back-to-back doubles from Griffith and Angeles. They would hold their 1-0 lead until the top of the fifth inning when the Saints tied it up on a sacrifice fly from Giovanni Ayala.
Calumet College added a run of their own in the bottom half of the fifth to extend their lead to 2-1 before a Ben Bournay single would tie the game at 2-2.
Calib Wininger (Kokomo, Ind.) continued to pitch strong for the Saints late in the game and only allowed to base runners in his final two innings of work. Wininger pitched eight strong innings while allowing eight hits, two runs and striking out six.
It was in the top of the seventh inning where the Saints put together a pair of hits, and their signature small ball to style, to bring home Max Linnville (Boone, NC). This gave the Saints their first lead of the game, and had starting pitcher Calib Wininger in line for his first win of the season.
Blake Correll (Oak Creek, Wisc.) pitched a clean ninth inning to wrap up his fifth save of the year, and more importantly, give the Saints their third straight victory and first every conference series sweep.
"Really proud of the team as a whole," continued Blondell. "They gave great effort in both games and found ways to win. Our pitching was spectacular; really impressed with everyone. They seem to be finding their comfort zones on the mound which is helping us tremendously. I can't say enough of how proud I am of the team. We now need to focus on our next series and get ready to face a tough Judson team."
The Saints will travel to Elgin, Ill. on Monday, April 1st for a doubleheader with Judson University. The first pitch is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. EST.