The final numbers from the three game weekend series at Shawnee State left St. Catharine College coach Luther Bramblett shaking his head. Especially the stat that showed his Bat Pats leaving 37 runners on base in the series in which they won one of the three contests.
“We get 31 hits in three games and score just eight runs,” bemoaned the St. Catharine skipper. “We had our chance in every game. Even the game that we won we left 14 on base.
The Bat Pats (36-18, 10-11) dropped the opener 10-3 Friday and lost Saturday’s first game 2-1. They salvaged one win in game two Saturday by a 4-2 score.
With the 1-2 weekend the Patriots fell to seventh place in the Mid-South Conference as they prepare for the conference tournament that starts Thursday in Kingsport, Tenn. The tournament opener will have them playing second place Georgetown (33-15, 18-6). The two teams did not meet in the regular season. Cumberland University (Tenn.) is the top seeded team in the tournament.
Bruce Tolliver started game one on the mound but lasted just 3.2 innings as he allowed eight runs (four earned) while giving up seven hits. Trenton Claunch pitched the final 4.1 innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits.
Adrian Garcia had four of the Patriots’ 14 hits. Carlos Hernandez had three hits and knocked in three runs and Tyler Mischel and Joey Andrada had two hits apiece.
In Saturday’s opener the Bears pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the eighth off relievers Cory Klinger in the 2-1 win. Starting pitcher Dylan Shoffner gave up just one run on six hits, with three strikeouts and three walks, in six innings before giving way to Klinger.
Joey Xavier had three of the Bat Pats’ nine hits while Hernandez and CJ Engelstad had two hits each.
In Saturday’s second game the Patriots scored one run in the first inning and never trailed in the 4-2 victory. Southpaw Andrew Nelson went all seven innings and gave up two runs on eight hits. The junior from Eureka, Calif. walked one and fanned four.
Hernandez, Mischel and KC Mejia had two hits apiece as the Bat Pats had eight hits for the game.