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(Adrian, Mich.) Late season struggles continued for the Saints baseball team in their final road series of the year against the Siena Heights University Saints on Thursday afternoon. After failing to gain a lead in game one, the Saints held a 2-0 lead in game two before a five run inning from Siena Heights shook the momentum from Holy Cross and helped the SHU Saints pick up the series sweep over Holy Cross. The Saints dropped game one 6-3 and game two 5-2 resulting in their ninth consecutive loss. The Saints now sit at 17-32 overall.
Siena Heights jumped out quickly on the Saints in game one with a three-run bottom of the first inning.
The Saints responded in the top of the third inning after Giovanni Ayala (Miami, Fla.) hit his first career home run to make it just a 3-1 ball game.
A six hit bottom of the third, however, resulted in three more runs for the SHU Saints to increase their lead to 6-1. Holy Cross would add two more runs in the top of fourth inning to make it a 6-3 ball game after a sacrifice fly from Max Linnville (Boone, NC) and an RBI single from Ben Bournay (Dowagiac, Mich.).
After failing to bring home the runner from third in the fifth inning, the Saints went hitless in the final two frames to drop game one 6-3.
Giovanni Ayala led the Saints at the plate while picking up two hits in four at bats including a solo home run in the third inning.
Jordan Gard (Mishawaka, Ind.) suffered his fifth loss of the season after lasting just 2 1/3 innings and giving up ten hits and six runs (five earned). Calib Wininger (Kokomo, Ind.) pitched the final 3 2/3 innings while giving up just four hits and allowing zero runs.
The Saints were first to strike in game two after a double from freshman Blake Correll (Oak Creek, Wisc.) brought home Paul Kappaz (Grosse Pointe, Mich.). Trevor Hurley (Sioux Falls, SD) scored the Saints second run in the top of the third inning after a Dan Wawrzusin (Potomac, MD) single.
It was the big innings that hurt the Saints all day long, and continued to in game two after a five-run bottom of the third from Siena Heights.
The five-run inning from the SHU Saints was all that was needed to hold on to defeat Holy Cross and hand the Saints their ninth consecutive loss.
Senior Dan Wawrzusin led the Saints in game two after going 2-for-3 at the plate.
Freshman starting pitcher Alex Erwin (Niles, Mich.) suffered his sixth loss of the season after lasting 2 2/3 innings and giving up six hits and five runs.
"The big innings are what really hurt us today," said coach Blondell. "We had just three rough innings out of the fourteen we played, but sometimes that's all it takes. Hopefully we can play much better next week and end the season on a positive note."
The Saints will return home on Tuesday, March 30th with a 2:00 p.m. EST doubleheader start against Kalamazoo College at Coveleski Stadium. Prior to the start of game one, the lone senior on this years baseball team, Dan Wawrzusin, will be honored for his accomplishments while being a Holy Cross student athlete.