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(Bensenville, Ill.) Due to weather related issues, the Holy Cross baseball program was only able to complete one of Monday's two-game doubleheader against the host Robert Morris University Eagles. After trailing 5-0 through five innings, the Saints added three runs in the final two innings but were unable to complete the comeback against the Eagles. The loss for the Saints drops them to 17-24 overall and 9-13 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC).
"Their pitcher did an excellent job keeping our hitters in check," coach Blondell said. "Alex did a great job for us on the mound; we unfortunately were just a little late scoring some runs."
Alex Erwin (Niles, Mich.) pitched his second consecutive impressive outing after going all six innings while giving up eight hits, five runs (one earned) and striking out two.
It was in the second inning where the Eagles capitalized off two Saints errors to bring home the first four runs of the game. Robert Morris added one more run in the bottom of the third to make it a 5-0 lead.
The Saints scored their first run in the top of the sixth inning after Tom McCartney (Saginaw, Mich.) got things started with a one out double. After advancing to third on a wild pitch, a groundout to the shortstop from Giovanni Ayala (Miami, Fla.) brought home the Saints first run of the game. Prior to McCarthy's double, the Saints had only registered two hits.
A Max Linnville (Boone, NC) double in the top of the seventh brought the Saints within three runs of the Eagles making it a 5-2 ball game. Ben Bournay (Dowagiac, Mich.) then laced a single up the middle to score Linnville. Unfortunately, the Saints rally would end there as they fell to the Eagles 5-3.
Alex Erwin (3-4) suffered the loss in the outing, but coach Blondell was pleased with the outing Erwin provided the Saints.
"Alex did a great job holding strong on the mound and throwing strikes," continued Blondell. "We had some mental mistakes in that second inning that resulted in a big inning, but I'm pleased with the effort Alex gave us."
Max Linnville and Ben Bournay each went 1-for-3 with an RBI for the Saints. Trevor Hurley (Sioux Falls, SD), Blake Correll (Oak Creek, Wisc.) and Tom McCartney resulted in the rest of the Saints five hits.
Originally scheduled for a doubleheader, a steady downpour in between games resulted in game two being rained out. It will be resumed when the two face off on Sunday, April 21st in game one of the doubleheader at U.S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind. Game two will be counted as a nonconference game.
The Saints will quickly return to the diamond on Tuesday, April 16 at home with a 2:00 p.m. EST start doubleheader against Cardinal Stritch University at Newton Park.