“The silver lining is that we are still tied for first place,” said St. Catharine head coach Luther Bramblett after dropping two of three in Williamsburg against the University of the Cumberlands. “But we are just a pitch here, a play there, from being 6-0 right now.”
The Bat Pats stranded 11 runners in Saturday’s opener that they lost 2-1 in 11 innings. Their lone run knotted the score at 1-1 in the sixth inning when CJ Englestad’s (Rohnert Park, Calif.) squeeze bunt scored Andrew Garcia (Las Vegas, Nev.).
Garcia and Jeremy Turpin (Lawrenceburg, Ky.) each had two hits of the seven St. Catharine had for the game.
Ryan Rizzi (Lansing, Ill.) pitched eight strong innings, allowing five hits, walking two and striking out seven. Trenton Claunch (Burgin, Ky.) pitched 2 2/3 and took the loss when Cumberlands scored the winning run in the 11th inning.
Saturday’s second game was a breather as Javier Perez Henderson, Nev.) improved to 2-0 with his second consecutive complete game conference victory. The senior southpaw struck out four, walked one and gave up six hits.
Garcia had three hits and Juan Moriel San Diego, Calif.) had two as St. Catharine pounded out eight hits against Jason Rodriguez, the conference pitcher of the week for two consecutive weeks, who lasted just 4 2/3 innings.
In Sunday’s contest, the Bat Pats scored twice in the eighth inning to take a 5-3 lead but Cumberlands (10-11, 2-1) scored single runs in the eighth, ninth and tenth innings for a 6-5 win.
Marcus Brown (Louisville, Ky.) had two hits and two RBI’s and Moriel also had two hits. Starting pitcher Tim Reed (Tuscon, Ariz.) worked five innings and allowed three runs. After Cory Klinger (Rushsylvania, Ohio) pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless ball, Matt Wagner (Brooks, Ky.) (1-5) was touched with three runs in taking the loss.
The Bat Pats will be back at Edelen-Haydon Field on Wednesday for a doubleheader against Oakland City University starting at 1:00.