Sports Information Director
(South Bend, Ind.) The Saints dropped their fourth consecutive game on Saturday afternoon after suffering a sweep to the Panther of Purdue North Central. After being held to just one hit and losing 14-0 in game one, the Saints rallied for three late runs in game two before the Panthers put the game away in the ninth inning with a 10-3 victory and series sweep over the Saints. The Saints fall to 17-27 overall and 9-16 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
"We just didn't seem to have any answer for them on offense of defensively," coach Blondell stated. "I thought we did a good job early in the games, but they were able to put together one or two big innings to put the game out of reach. This was a tough couple of days for our guys."
Both teams were held in check through the games first three innings until the Panthers put together their biggest inning of the day in the top of the fourth inning after scoring nine runs off of seven hits. A five run top of the sixth by PNC gave the Panthers their largest lead of the weekend at 14-0.
The Saints had no answer offensively in game one as they recorded just one hit as a team. Conversely, the Panthers racked up fourteen.
Andrew Salazar (Tucson, AZ) suffered his third loss of the season after pitching four innings while giving up eight hits, nine earned runs and three walks. Austin Kiser-Petrie (Star City, Ind.) pitched the final three innings while giving up seven hits, five runs (four earned) and walking one.
Paul Kappaz (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) picked up the only hit for the Saints in game one and finished the game 1-for-2 at the plate.
PNC starting pitcher Brendan Spongberg pitched six innings giving up only one hit, one walk and striking out five.
The start of the series finale was much like the previous game. Both teams were held in check through the first three innings until the Panthers scored six straight runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
It was in the bottom of the eighth inning where the Saints finally saw some success at the plate after a bases clearing double from Dan Wawrzusin (Potomac, MD) cut the Panthers lead in half, making it just a 6-3 Panthers lead.
The rally from the Saints, however, was quickly countered as the Panthers scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning to extend their lead to 10-3. The Saints went down in order in the bottom of the ninth to end the game and extend their losing streak to four consecutive games.
The Saints picked up three hits in game two, giving them a doubleheader total of just four.
Jordan Gard (Mishawaka, Ind.) pitched 7 1/3 innings for the Saints while giving up seven hits, six runs (two earned) and striking out four. The loss for Gard brings his season record to 4-4.
The Saints return to the diamond on Sunday, April 21st for three games beginning in Gary, Ind. to face Robert Morris University at 12:30 p.m. EST. Following the conclusion of the game at U.S. Steel Yard, the Saints will head back to Coveleski Stadium to conclude their rained out series with Cardinal Stritch. Game one will begin at approximately 4:30 p.m. EST and will pick up in the top of the fourth inning with the Wolves leading 3-2.