Senior Josh Whitmer hit game winning grand slam in the 7th inning.Senior Josh Whitmer hit game winning grand slam in the 7th inning.

Patriots Slam the Bears to Win MSC Series

The St. Catharine College Patriots (7-9, 2-1) beat the visiting University of Pikeville Bears (10-7, 1-2) 6-5 Saturday to win their first Mid-South Conference series of the year.  The Patriots took the lead for good in the 7th off a grand slam by senior Josh Whitmer (Taylorsville, KY)

Steven Borkowski (San Diego, CA) got the win with his 7 inning start.  He scattered 10 hits and added 5 punchouts.  Trenton Claunch (Burgin, KY) tossed a scoreless 8th and Jake McCoy (Mesa, AZ) picked up his second save on the weekend.

The Patriot bats were silent for most of the game, behind 4-1 in the bottom of the 5th, Francisco Gonzalez (San Diego, CA) doubled and scored on a Adrian Garcia (Anaheim, CA) single.  The big inning came in the bottom of the 7th when Gonzalez and Ty Broady (Greenville, KY) walked, follwed by a Garcia single up the middle to load the bases.  Whitmer greeted Bear reliever Jared Masters with the big shot to deep right field.

Garcia led the Pats with a 3-4 day scoring a run and knocking in 2.  Gonzalez added a 2 hit, 2 double game and scored twice.  Whitmer went 1-2 with a run and 4 RBI's.

The Patriots play again Tuesday when they travel to Asbury University for a DH.

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