Sports Information Director
(Gary, Ind.) The Saints kicked off a full day of baseball on Sunday afternoon in Gary, Ind. with a nine inning game against the Eagles of Robert Morris University. A pitchers duel from the very start, the Saints saw their 1-0 lead come to an end in the bottom of the sixth inning after an error in the outfield allowed the Eagles to plate two runs and take a 2-1 lead which they held for the remainder of the game. The loss dropped the Saints to 17-28 overall and 9-17 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC).
"Calib did an outstanding job for us on the mound in this game," coach Blondell said. "We unfortunately just couldn't get many hits off of their pitcher."
After four innings of scoreless baseball, the Saints brought home the first run of the game in the top of the fifth inning after an RBI single from Giovanni Ayala (Miami, Fla.).
The Saints held the Eagles in check in the bottom of the fifth inning, but saw their lead slip away in the sixth after an RBI double tied the game at one. Following the game tying double, an error throw by the Saints allowed the go-ahead run to score giving the Eagles a 2-1 lead.
Mike Pizzuto (Sarasota, Fla.) drew a walk in the bottom of the ninth inning, but was unable to get any farther than first base as Eagles starting pitcher Al Galvan closed out the game ensuring a 2-1 Robert Morris victory.
The Saints finished the game with just four hits from four different players. Giovanni Ayala went 1-for-4 with the team's only RBI.
Calib Wininger (Kokomo, Ind.) pitched eight innings while giving up just six hits, two runs (one earned) and striking out two, but suffered the loss in the decision. Wininger now sits at 2-5 on the season.
The Saints then returned back to South Bend for a two game home series with Cardinal Stritch University.