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(South Bend, Ind.) After already playing one game earlier in the day, the Saints returned to Coveleski Stadium just a few short hours after wrapping up a game with Robert Morris. Picking up game one against Cardinal Stritch from the rain delay last Wednesday, the Saints were unable to score any runs in the final four innings dropping the game to the Wolves 5-2. Despite a late comeback in game two, the Saints came up just short in a 6-5 Stritch victory clinching the series sweep and handing the Saints their seventh consecutive loss. Following the losses to Cardinal Stritch, the Saints record falls to 17-30 overall and 9-19 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC).
"It was definitely a long day for our guys," stated coach Blondell. "I thought we put forth a good effort in game two, but we just couldn't get over the hump."
When game one first began last Wednesday, the Saints jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead against the Wolves in the bottom of the first inning after a single up the middle from Ben Bournay (Dowagiac, Mich.).
Cardinal Stritch, however, rallied for three runs off of three hits in the top of the third inning to take a 3-2 lead; a lead they would never give up.
The Saints would advance a runner to third base in the bottom of the fifth inning, but were unable to bring him home. Stritch then added two more runs in the top of the sixth inning to extend their lead to 5-2; the eventual final score of the game.
The Saints finished the game with six hits, led by Ben Bournay and his 2-for-3 day at the plate with two RBI's.
Blake Correll (Oak Creek, Wisc.) made his first career start while pitching 5 1/3 innings and giving up nine hits, five runs (three earned) and walking five. Correll suffered his fourth loss of the season, bringing his record to 2-4.
Alex Erwin (Niles, Mich.) took the mound for the Saints in game two and did an excellent job of keeping runners off the base path for the first four innings after not allowing a hit during that span.
Stritch, however, was the first team to strike in game two in the top of the fifth inning a double from John Bahm brought home the first run of the game.
With the score tied at one, Cardinal Stritch responded in quick fashion with a five run top of the seventh to open up a 6-1 advantage over the Saints after a bases clearing double from Chris Bass.
Although trailing 6-1, the Saints once again responded with a five hit, four run bottom of the seventh inning to make it a 6-5 game. Unfortunately, this was as close as the Saints would get to completing the comeback as they fell to the Wolves 6-5 while giving up a series sweep and their seventh consecutive loss.
Both teams left five runners on base in the game.
Alex Erwin (3-5) may have suffered the loss in the decision, but pitched a great game during his 6 2/3 innings pitched. Erwin gave up six hits, three runs (one earned) and struck out five.
"We had some mental errors that contributed to that big inning we gave up, which could be due to our guys having played three game today," continued Blondell. "We're struggling to find consistency right now, so hopefully a couple days off from games will get our team reenergized and refreshed to close out the year strong."
The Saints will resume action on Wednesday, April 24th with a doubleheader against Trinity International University. The game is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. EST at Newton Park in Lakeville, Ind.