The St. Catharine College baseball team had not lost more than two consecutive games all season in compiling a 30-18 record. But Luther Bramblett’s Bat Pats now find themselves with a five game losing skid after falling at Union College on Wednesday and at home Thursday to UVA-Wise.
The Bat Pats now stand at 30-23 and will complete the regular season Friday at home with two more games against conference rival UVA-Wise. With Thursday’s loss to the Cavaliers, St. Catharine now stands at 9-9 in the Mid-South Conference. But they still are in fifth place as they prepare for the conference tournament that starts next Thursday.
At Union College the Bat Pats could muster only four hits against six Bulldog pitchers in an 8-1 setback. Juan Moriel had the only RBI as he singled in Eric Standafer.
St. Catharine also used six pitchers in the game. Jake Waardenburg, 5-2, started and took the loss as he gave up four runs in three innings. Matt Wagner allowed three runs in 1 1/3 innings and Brad Krohman gave up one run in 2/3 of an inning. CJ Gant, Cory Klinger and Chase Dial each pitched one scoreless inning.
In the Mid-South Conference game Thursday the Bat Pats trailed the entire day before finally tying the game at 7-7 in the eighth inning when CJ Englestad doubled in Moriel. But the Cavaliers (22-22, 8-10) reached Krohman for two runs in the ninth to nail down a 9-7 win.
Moriel had three of St. Catharine’s 12 hits and reached base five times as he was hit by a pitch twice. Standafer and Englestad had two hits each. Luis Zeledon had a double and two RBI’s. Patriot starter Ryan Rizzi surrendered seven runs on 11 hits in seven innings.