The Patriots (25-25, 15-12) swept the double header Saturday with visiting Shawnee State University (31-24, 14-12) by the scores of 5-4 (10) and 6-2. The weekend sweep of the Bears vaulted the Patriots into 3rd place in the MSC standings.
"It was a great weekend and a great way to send off our seniors in their last home and MSC series," stated Luther Bramblett. "Our guys competed all weekend against a very good staff and lineup in Shawnee State. I'm proud of the way we competed all weekend."
Andrew Nelson (Eureka, CA) started the opener Saturday and tossed 7 innings, leaving with a 3-1 lead. The senior lefty scattered 7 hits and tallied 7 K's. Trenton Claunch (Burgin, KY) threw 1/3 of an inning, allowing the Bears to tie the game on 3 hits. Jake McCoy (Mesa, AZ) picked up the win, after allowing the go ahead run the in top of the 9th. He tossed 2.2 innings, allowing a run on 1 hit and 2 walks.
Down a run in the bottom of the 9th, the Patriots rallied to tie it on a Shawnee State error. Josh Whitmer (Taylorsville, KY) singled with one out and Drew Kissel (Jeffersonville, IN) followed with a single. Pinch runner Eric Donnelly (Coral Springs, FL) would score on a 2 out error to tie the game. McCoy hurled a zero in the top half of the 10th, giving the Patriots their chance to win it.
Nick Rosso (Santa Barbara, CA) singled to start the bottom of the 10th and was moved to 2nd on a sac bunt by Adrian Garcia (Anaheim, CA). Harold Diaz (Gurabo, PR) singled through the 4-hole scoring Rosso for the walk off win. Ty Broady (Greenville, KY) led the Pats at the plate, going 2-4 with a RBI triple and a run. Whitmer and Diaz both had 2 base knocks and RBI's and Rosso added a 2 hit day with a run.
In the nightcap, Steven Borkowski (San Diego, CA) pitched a gem, allowing 2 unearned runs on 3 hits in his complete game effort. He punched out 7 Bears. Both Donnelly and Alfredo Bohorquez (Maraciabo, Venezulea) went 1-3 and scored 2 runs each. Broady added a double and 2 RBI's and Francisco Gonzalez (San Diego, CA) went 1-1 with a run and 2 RBI's.
With the weekend sweep, the Patriots win thier most Mid-South Conference games (15) since 2010 (16) and finished their best ever in the standings at 3rd place. Next up for the Patriots is the Mid-South Conference Tournament begining next Sunday, May 4th.