Williamsburg, Ky. -- The St. Catharine baseball team opened their three-game series against Cumberlands (Ky.) with a 5-3 loss on Friday afternoon in Williamsburg, Kentucky.
After St. Catharine (29-16, 8-8 MSC) took a 3-2 lead in the seventh, Cumberlands (27-18, 5-11 MSC) scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to come away with the 5-3 win. The two teams conclude their series with a doubleheader tomorrow at 12 p.m. ET.
Senior right-hander, Daniel Lerma (Oxnard, Calif.) pitched well, but got stuck with the no decision. Lerma tossed 6.1 innings allowing three runs – two earned – on eight hits. Lerma also struck out four batters.
James Davenport (Louisville, Ky.) took the loss for the Patriots. Davenport (0-2) entered the game with one out in the seventh and allowed two runs – one earned – on four hits in 1.2 innings of work on the mound.
Cumberlands struck first with single runs in the first and second inning, but St. Catharine battled back with two in the top of the fourth to tie the game up at 2-2.
Josh Wenning (Palmyra, Ind.) led off the inning with a base hit and Alfredo Bohorquez (Maracaibo, Venezuela) then bunted and reached on a base hit. Two batters later, Nicco Lollio (Brownstown, Mich.) ripped a double that scored Wenning and Bohorquez making it 2-2.
After neither team scored the next two innings, St. Catharine scored a run in the seventh to take a 3-2 lead. Drew Kissel (Jeffersonville, Ind.) led off the inning with a single and Will Broady was called upon to pinch run.
A passed ball allowed Broady to advance to third and then, two batters later, Evan Smith (Jacksonville, Fla.) hit a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Broady from second base. The Patriots took their 3-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh.
Lerma walked a batter to lead off the inning and James Davenport was called from the bullpen. Another ground out advanced the runner to third and later scored on a passed ball to tie the game up at 3-3.
With two outs, Davenport allowed a single and hit a batter and then a ball bounced in the dirt that moved the runners to second and third. A single scored the run from third and the runner from second scored on an error giving Cumberlands the 5-3 lead.St. Catharine had hits in both the eighth and ninth innings, but never could string enough hits together to cause a threat as Cumberland came away with the 5-3 win.