Sports Information Director
(Bourbonnais, Ill.) The Holy Cross Saints returned to Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) action on Friday evening with game one of their three game series with the Tigers of Olivet Nazarene University. Two early successful innings for Olivet, where they brought home seven unanswered runs, proved to be too much for the Saints to come back from despite outhitting the host Tigers. The Saints fell 10-2 in game one of the three game series dropping their record to 12-21 overall and 6-10 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC).
After picking up just two hits in their first two innings at the plate, the Saints saw the Tigers jump at their opportunity and put up seven runs off of seven hits to blow the game wide open immediately.
The Saints picked up their first run of the game in the top of the fourth after opening up with back-to-back hits from Paul Kappaz (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) and Mike Pizzuto (Sarasota, Fla.). An error by the third basemen then allowed Kappaz to score from second and make it a 7-1 ballgame.
Olivet once again was able to put a big inning together in the bottom of the seventh after scoring three runs off of two hits and two Saints errors to extend their lead to 10-1. The Saints added one final run in the top of the ninth; however, it wasn't nearly enough to pull-off the comeback against the tigers.
The Saints finished the game with the hit advantage over the Tigers at 12-11. Conversely, the Saints left ten runners on base in the game.
Saints starting pitcher Zach Mahalko (Belle Vernon, PA) lasted just 2/3 of an inning after giving up three hits, three runs (two earned) and two walks in the opening inning. Alex Erwin (Niles, Mich.) pitched 5 2/3 innings out of the bullpen and gave up six hits, five runs, three walks and striking out three. Jake Wood (South Haven, Mich.) pitched the final 1 2/3 for the Saints and allowed two hits, two runs (one earned) and walking one batter.
"Just wasn't our day today," coach Blondell stated. "We didn't do a great job of executing, so we will need to come back stronger tomorrow and try and get back on track."
The Saints resume action with the Tigers tomorrow with a series ending doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m. EST.