St. Catharine College (23-25, 13-12) rode the arm of junior John Werner (Anaheim, CA) in route to a 2-0 series opening win against Shawnee State University (31-22, 14-10). Werner picked up his 5th win with the shutout performance and Jake McCoy (Mesa, AZ) picked up his 8th save with a scoreless 9th.
The Patriots jumped on top in the bottom of the 1st inning When Ty Broady (Greenville, KY) singled home Francisco Gonzalez (San Diego, CA). Broady added to his RBI total in the 3rd with a sac fly, scoring Nick Rosso (Santa Barbara, CA). Those runs were enough for Werner and McCoy.
Rosso led the Patriots with a 4-4 day, a double and run scored. Gonzalez was 3-4 with a run and Broady went 1-2 with 2 RBI's. Harold Diaz (Gurabo, PR) and Alfredo Bohorquez (Maracaibo, Venezuela) each had a base knock in the 10 hot Patriot attack.
Both clubs meet again Saturday at 12:00 for a DH. The Patriots will honor their 10 seniors in between games.