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(Elgin, Ill.) Limited offensive success, combined with seven errors over two games, led to the Saints dropping back-to-back Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) games against the Judson Eagles on Monday night in forgettable fashion. After dropping game one 21-0, the Saints put together three runs off of six hits. Unfortunately, the Eagles strong production continued en route to a 13-3 win and series sweep over the Saints. The Saints fall to 10-18 overall and 5-8 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Judson jumped out early in game one and never seemed to slow down, scoring at least two runs in each inning.
The Eagles offense recorded a hit in every inning and saw their biggest inning in the bottom of the third where they put together seven runs of six hits and the assist of two Saints errors. After the seven run inning, the Saints trailed 11-0.
Things unfortunately did not get better.
The Saints recorded their first hit in the top of the fourth and their last in the top of the seventh. They finished with just two hits.
The Eagles put together one final big inning in the bottom of the sixth where they scored five runs off of six hits and the help from one Saints error.
For the game, the Saints were out hit 21-2.
Judson starting pitcher T.J. Swank pitched all seven innings for a shutout victory while striking out six.
Brandon Weinkauf (Elkhart, Ind.) (0-1) suffered his first loss of the season.
Game two provided some better offense for the Saints, however, Judson's proved to be too strong.
The Eagles jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead through three innings before the Saints answered with their first run of the evening in the top of the fourth off of a Max Linnville (Boone, NC) double down the right field line.
Once again, however, the Eagles answered back with three runs in the bottom of the fourth to extend their lead to 8-1.
The Saints would add two more runs in the top of the sixth inning after a single from Mike Pizzuto brought home two runs. In the end, the Eagles impressive offensive outburst was too hard to contain. They added five runs in the seventh and eighth inning to put the score at 13-3, the final score.
Mike Pizzuto was one of six players to register a hit in game two and drove in two of the three RBI's.
Zach Mahalko (Belle Vernon, PA) (0-3) suffered his third loss of the season.
"Tough to accept these losses, but we have a quick turnaround tomorrow that we have to prepare for," stated coach Blondell. "We need to do a lot of things better if we want to get back on track."
The Saints resume CCAC action tomorrow in Crestwood, Ill. as they take on the Lakers of Roosevelt University in a doubleheader beginning at 2:00 p.m. EST. Live audio for tomorrow's games can be found here.