With a doubleheader sweep Thursday of the visiting Kalamazoo College Hornets, the St. Catharine College Patriots made it 21 wins in their last 22 games. After starting the season 1-6, Luther Bramblett’s team has caught fire and now stands at 22-7.
The Bats Pats took Thursday’s opener 9-2 and completed the sweep with an 8-1 win in game two. Kalamazoo, hampered by the cold weather in Michigan, played its first game of the season at Transylvania on Wednesday, a 19-10 loss, before taking on the Bat Pats on Thursday.
The Hornets took a 1-0 lead in game one in the second inning but St. Catharine answered with five runs in the bottom of the second and coasted to the victory from there. The Patriots took advantage of three walks and a Hornets’ error in the five run rally.
St. Catharine had just six hits in the game but Kalamazoo pitching issued 10 walks and six of those batters who walked came around to score. C.J. Englestad had two of the St. Catharine hits. K.C. Mejia and Tyler Mischel each had two RBI’s in the victory.
Ryan Rizzi (2-2) worked the first five innings in picking up the win. He allowed four hits and two runs while walking four and fanning seven. C.J. Gant pitched two scoreless innings in relief with one walk and one strikeout.
In game two the Bat Pats scored all eight runs in the first three innings en route to the 8-1 win. The Hornets helped the SC offense by making five errors in those first three frames.
St. Catharine had nine hits with Carlos Hernandez and Joey Xavier collecting two each. Both Hernandez and Xavier doubled as did Mejia.
Trenton Claunch (1-0) went the distance on the mound, allowing five hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
It is back to Mid-South Conference play for the Patriots this weekend as they travel to Lebanon, Tenn. to take on Cumberland University. St. Catharine is 5-1 in the MSC which puts them in second place, percentage points ahead of Cumberland who is 7-2 in the conference and 19-10 overall.