The St. Catharine College Baseball Program took a big step in its history, winning their first playoff games in the Mid-South Conference and NAIA post-season. The Patriots swept the visiting University of the Cumberlands, 12-2 and 7-5 Friday, to advance to the MSC Final Four at Campbellsville University next week. The sweep moves SCC's overall record to 36-20 and gives them a 18-11 record against MSC opponents this year.
Last year the Patriots were ineligible for NAIA and MSC post-season play, but won the USCAA National Championship which gave the team some post-season experience. "We really didn't know what to expect entering new territory for our program," noted Patriot Head Coach Luther Bramblett. "We had a nice run last year in the USCAA, but haven't experienced the MSC post-season. It's a different level, because everyone knows so much about each other. Our guys really competed well and were ready to play."
The seniors led the way for the Patriots in game 1. Senior Travis Adams (7-3) tossed a complete game, giving up 2 runs, 1 earned in the 7 inning affair. He scattered 7 hits and had 3 K's. Senior Josh Landers went 3-4 with 2 runs, 4 RBI's and a homerun. Senior Chris Smith had a 3-4 game with a double, run and 2 RBI's. Senior Kaleb Henry went 2-3 with a homer, scored a run and had 3 RBI's. Seniors Philip Dean and Brian Jones each had extra base knocks. Junior Ryan Mangione went 2-3 with a double, 2 runs and 2 RBI's. The Patriots tallied 14 hits in the game.
In game 2, seniors continued to shine for the Bat Pats. Senior Nick Holmes (5-5) picked up the win, going 5.1 innings with five runs on 8 hits. He had 2 K's. Junior Tim Paxton picked up his 2nd save, tossing 3.2 innings, allowing no runs, 2 hits with 2 K's. Senior Philip Dean wnt 2-4 with 3 RBI's, a homerun and scored a run. Senior Brian Jones went 2-5 with a double and 2 RBI's. Senior Josh Landers had a triple and junior Adam Blair doubled. The Patriots had 9 hits, 4 base on balls and wore 4 pitches in the game.
SCC will play Campbellsville University, the number 1 seed Thursday in the MSC Final Four double elimination tournament. The game will be at Campbellsville University and will start at 4:30. The Tigers swept the season series from the Patriots and are 37-18 and ranked 23rd in the nation.