What looked to be the marquee Mid-South Conference match-up this weekend, St. Catharine College in a three-way tie for first with Campbellsville, and Lindsay Wilson, turned out to be a showcase of defense and pitching. The Patriots, who are receiving votes for the NAIA top 25 and #18 ranked Campbellsville, split a DH with the Pats taking the opener 2-0 and the Tigers taking the nightcap 1-0.
SC 2 - CU 0
In the opener, senior hurler John Werner (Anaheim, CA) continued his string of dominant pitching, tossing a complete game shutout for the third straight week. He scattered 7 hits, walked 0 and punched out 8 Tigers. The defense turned 2 double plays, with one coming in the bottom of the 1st, wiping out a Tiger scoring threat.
The Patriots were no hit through the first 4 innings and got to Campbellsville starter Mario Morales in the top of the 5th. Dominique Guevara (Oxnard, CA) singled to start the inning and Santiago Arce (Chula Vista, CA) followed with a single of his own. A sac bunt moved the runners up and Francisco Gonzalez (San Diego, CA) singled what looked to be a RBI knock, but Guevara was thrown out at the plate.
The Pats answered with two 2-out hits by freshman Carlos Cespedes (Santo Domingo, DR) and catcher Drew Kissel (Jeffersonville, IN) to plate Gonzalez and Cody Kollenberg (PeeWee Valley, KY) who entered the game for Arce. That was all Werner needed, as he shut down the Tiger offense, allowing just 2 runners on base in the last 5 frames.
Francisco Gonzalez went 3-4 with a run and Dominique Guevara went 2-4.
CU 1 - SC 0
The duo of Nick Morehead and Logan Truex combined to shutout the Patriot offense, scattering 5 hits. Patriot starter Steven Borkowski (San Diego, CA) tossed a complete game, allowing a run on 5 hits. He walked 1 and tallied 5 K's.
The Patriots had their opportunities, getting 2 runners to second, but a picked runner and quality pitching with runners on base shut the Pats down. Francisco Gonzalez went 2-3, Dominique Guevara had a 1-3 game and Josh Wenning (Palmyra, IN) added a 1-2 night. Harold Diaz (Gurabo, PR) went 1-3 with a double.
The Patriots are back in action this week, hosting Brescia University in a DH on Tuesday.