The St. Catharine College Bat Pats played two non-conference games and came away with a split. After dropping a 13-10 decision at Trevecca Nazarene in Nashville on Tuesday, Luther Bramblett’s nine bounced back with an 11-1 win over visiting University of Cincinnati-Clermont on Wednesday.
The split leaves the Patriots with a 20-13 record. They will take a 5-3 conference mark to Pikeville where they will play two games on Thursday and a single game on Friday.
At Trevecca the Bat Pats scored twice in the first inning but the Trojans (10-11-1) tied the game in the third inning. Then, after each team scored once in the fourth, the Trojans took the lead for good with three runs in the fifth frame. They added five more in the sixth and two more in the seventh. The bat Pats scored two in the seventh and five in the ninth.
St. Catharine starter Matt Pavelich (Vail, Ariz.) pitched two scoreless innings before giving way to the bullpen as six relievers tossed one inning each. The loss went to Tony Krohman (Florence, Ky.) who allowed five runs (four earned in 1 1/3 innings.
Andrew Garcia (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Eric Standafer (Shelbyville, Ky.) had two hits each of the nine the Bat Pats collected. Standafer homered and had two RBI’s and Matt Dillman (LaGrange, Ky.) and Juan Moriel (San Diego, Calif.) also knocked in two runs.
In Wednesday’s seven inning victory, St. Catharine scored four runs in the first inning and that was more than enough for starter Jake Waardenburg (Kalmath Falls, Ore.) who allowed one run on five hits in going the distance.
"The difference in the two games is that we threw strikes (against UC-Clermont) and we walked people and kicked it around at Trevecca,” said Bramblett. “Jake worked fast and threw strikes and we made the routine plays.”
CJ Englestad (Rohnert Park, Calif.) had three hits and three runs scored. Standafer had two hits including a homer and knocked in three runs. Cody Miller (Yuba City, Ariz.) had two RBI’s.