You win some, you lose some – and some are rained out. For the St. Catharine College baseball team they got some of each last week. After sweeping visiting Oakland City in a doubleheader on Wednesday, the Bat Pats split a twin bill with conference foe Georgetown on Saturday before getting washed out of the series finale on Sunday.
The Georgetown split gave Luther Bramblett’s team a 5-3 Mid-South Conference slate. That puts them in second place, 1 ½ games behind Campbellsville who is 7-2. Overall, St. Catharine is 19-12 on the season.
On Tuesday the Bat Pats travel to Nashville to play Trevecca Nazarene.They are at home today for a 1:00game against University of Cincinnati-Clermont. Then it is back to conference play this weekend at Pikeville with a single game Friday and a doubleheader on Saturday.
The Georgetown Tigers came into the weekend series sporting a 19-3 record and a 3-3 conference mark. That went to 3-4 after the Bat Pats took Saturday’s opener by a 6-5 score. It looked like a St. Catharine sweep as they led 4-3 in game two (a seven inning contest) but the Tigers scored a single run in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth for a 6-4 win.
“I thought we competed well at the plate and on the mound. But we were lucky to get a split because we were bad on defense,” said Bramblett.
Jeremy Turpin (Lawrenceburg, Ky.) had three hits and scored three runs in the first game victory. Juan Moriel (San Diego, Calif.) had two hits including a triple and knocked in two runs.
St. Catharine starter Ryan Rizzi (Lansing, Ill.) pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing five runs (one earned) on five hits with one walk and five strikeouts. Cory Klinger (Rushsylvania, Ohio) pitched scoreless ball for 1 1/3 innings before giving way to Trenton Claunch (Burgin, Ky.) after hitting the first batter of the ninth inning. Claunch, after giving up a single to the first batter, earned the save by retiring the next three hitters.
In game two the Tigers scored three times in the first inning off Javier Perez (Henderson, Nev.) but the southpaw settled down to toss scoreless ball until Georgetown tied the game with an unearned run in the fifth inning. Perez then gave up a two-run homer to Jordan Hinshaw in the sixth for the game winner.
Moriel, CJ Englestad (Rohnert Park, Calif.) and Joey Xavier (Selma, Calif.) each had two hits as the Bat Pats outhit the Tigers 9-6. Xavier and Tyler Mischel (St. Louis, Mo.) had doubles for St. Catharine.