The second day of the Mid-South Conference Baseball Tournament took place today at Bowling Green Ballpark in Bowling Green, Ky.
The Patriots (33-14) began the tournament on Wednesday when they hosted Shawnee State (Ohio). The Patriot offense only generated five hits against the Bears as they dropped a 1-0 decision.
Senior hurler, John Werner (Anaheim, Calif.) turned in a solid effort against the Bears. Werner (9-2) tossed eight innings and scattered five hits allowing one unearned run. He finished with 11 strikeouts.
Werner’s performance was matched by Derek Moore of Shawnee State (18-28). Moore tossed a complete game shutout, allowing just five hits and punching out five.
After dropping the opener to Shawnee State, the Patriots would move to the consolation bracket today where they faced an elimination game against Cumberlands (Ky.).
Senior starter, Steven Borkowski turned in one of the rarest feats in all of baseball, a no-hitter. The San Diego, Calif. native nearly tossed a perfect game, but a third inning walk took it out of the question. He struck out eight in his nine innings of work.
Borkowski got some from his offense in the bottom half of the fifth inning, when St. Catharine scored three runs on three hits and one key Cumberlands’ error.
Francisco Gonzalez (San Diego, Calif.) led the inning off with a single up the middle and then advanced to second after Nick Rosso (Santa Barbara, Calif.) reached on a hit by pitch. Santiago Arce (Chula Vista, Calif.) then loaded the bases when he bunted and reached on a base hit. Tyler Devine (Harrodsburg, Ky.) grounded into a double play that scored Gonzalez from third.
Next up was the speedy Josh Wenning (Palmyra, Ind.), who reached on a slow roller down the third base line that scored Rosso from third. Wenning then stole second and later stole third and scored on a wild throw by the Cumberlands’ catcher.
The Patriot offense would strike again in the sixth inning with a run on three hits. After two quick outs, Dominque Guevara (Oxnard, Calif.) reached on a base knock. Gonzalez and Rosso followed in line with singles as well to load the bases. A wild pitch by Jeff Rivera scored Guevara, but Rivera battled back to get out of the jam.
Cumberlands (26-27) best chance to score came in the top half of the third. Borkowski got a ground out to open the inning, but allowed a one-out walk to Lucas Bagnara. A sac bunt put the runner in scoring position and then a wild pitch by Borkowski put the runner 90 feet away. Borkowski then dug deep and recorded one of his eight strikeouts to end the inning.
After getting shutout in their opening game against Shawnee State, the Patriot offense recorded four runs on nine hits against Cumberlands. Francisco Gonzalez and Santiago Arce each tallied two hits while Josh Wenning recorded the lone RBI for the Patriots.
The Patriots will face another elimination game tomorrow against top-seeded Campbellsville (Ky.) at 10 a.m. ET. The two teams split their two meetings earlier this season.