Baseball Opens Season 1-3

Pitching Shines

The St. Catharine College Baseball team opened the 2013 season last weekend in Thomasville, GA with warm weather, but the bats stayed cold as the KY weather back home.  The Patriots won the opener 1-0 and lost three straight games to the Thomas University Night Hawks 5-4, 2-1 and 1-0 to fall to (1-3) on the season.

"Our pitching was outstanding all weekend," noted Luther Bramblett.  "Especially our starting arms, which allowed just 3 earned runs in 22.1 innings.  Overall, our arms carried us all weekend and gave us a chance to win all four games - our bats just didn't execute enough to win."

The Pats won the season opener behind the arm of stater Eddie Rivera (Anaheim, CA), who went 6 innings, allowing 2 hits and striking out 10.  Cody Alvey (Upton, KY) pitched a scoreless 7th to pick up the save.  Tyler Mischel (St. Louis, MO) scored on a KC Mejia (Vail, AZ) triple in the first inning for the only run of the game.  Mejia went 2-2 and Mischel had a 1-2 game.

In game two of the series, the Bat Pats led the most of the game until the Night Hawks tied the game at 3-3 in the 6th.  The Patriots went ahead in the top of the seventh, but gave it right back in the bottom half on a walk off single to end the game 4-5.  Andrew Nelson (Eureka, CA) started and went 5.2 innings.  He allowed 3 runs - 1 earned on 6 hits. CJ Gant (Louisville, KY) tossed the last inning and picked up the loss, giving up 2 runs, 1 earned on 3 hits, a walk, a HBP and an error. CJ Englestad (Rohnert Park, CA) went 1-1 with a run and 2 RBI's. Evan Smith (Jacksonville, FL) went 1-3 with 2 RBI's.

Ryan Rizzi (Lansing, IL) started game 3 of the series and went 6.1 innings - giving up 2 runs, 1 earned on 2 hits - losing on another walk off single 1-2. Again, the Pats scored in the 1st inning when Mejia singled home Carlos Hernandez (Fresno, CA), which stood to be the only Patriot run. Mejia went 3-3 with the lone RBI.  Joey Xavier (Selma, CA) went 2-2 and Hernandez finished 1-3 with a run.  The Bat Pats out hit the Night Hawks 7 to 3.

In the final game, Bruce Tolliver (Whittier, CA) tossed 5 innings, allowing 1 run on 2 hits.  He tallied 5 punch outs.  Dylan Shoffner (Elizabethtown, KY) pitched a scoreless 6th.  The Patriots out hit their opponent 5-4, with Hernandez leading the way with a 2-4 day at the plate.

"We just couldn't find a way to get runs across," added Bramblett. "We out hit them in 2 games, we were even in another and lose both of the games we out hit them in. We just have to do a better job of executing within our offense - we'll work on it all week and fix it."

The Patriots go the Henderson, TN this weekend to play #22 Freed-Hardeman University and Blue Mountain College.

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