Bowling Green, Ky. -- The St. Catharine baseball continued play in the Mid-South Conference Baseball Tournament today when they took on Campbellsville (Ky.) at Bowling Green Ballpark in Bowling Green, Ky.
The Tigers (34-15) plated two runs in the sixth and added three more runs in the eighth inning to hand the Patriots (34-21) a 5-0 loss. St. Catharine will now face elimination tomorrow against Cumberland (Tenn.) at 4 p.m. ET.
Senior right-hander, Daniel Lerma (Oxnard, Calif.) pitched well, but was dealt with the loss. Lerma (6-5) – who was named MSC Pitcher of the Year – tossed six innings allowing two runs on six hits. He also finished with four strikeouts.
After neither team scored in the first five innings Campbellsville struck first with two runs in the sixth. The Tigers got a one out single followed by back-to-back RBI doubles to plate two runs taking a 2-0 lead after six complete.
Lerma was pulled after six innings and James Davenport (Louisville, Ky.) was brought in from the bullpen. Davenport got a quick 1-2-3 seventh inning to keep the Patriots within striking distance at 2-0.
Campbellsville added three runs in the eighth inning off of Austin Willis-Greene (Manhattan, N.Y.). Willis-Greene got one out in the eighth, but was pulled for Dylan Manley (Frankfort, Ky.). Manley recorded the final two outs, but the Patriots still trailed 5-0.
St. Catharine had their chances throughout the game, but couldn’t come up with the big hit off Nick Przybylek. Mario Morales started the game, but pitched 1.1 innings before leaving to an apparent injury. Przybylek tossed 6.1 innings and scatted five hits with six strikeouts.
One of the chances for the Patriots came in the opening inning when Alfredo Bohorquez (Maracaibo, Venezuela) reached on a one-out walk. Bohorquez stole second and moved to third on a throwing error by the Tigers’ catcher, but Campbellsville got out of the jam with a strikeout.
The Patriots didn’t present a true threat again until the seventh inning when Nicco Lollio (Brownstown, Mich.) doubled off the right-center field wall to open the inning. Two batters later, Evan Smith (Jacksonville, Fla.) singled to left, but Lollio was thrown out trying to score.
St. Catharine made one last attempt in the ninth inning when Hector Quinones (Barceloneta, PR) reached second on a dropped fly by the right fielder, but Campbellsville left the runner stranded at second to seal the 5-0 win.
The Patriots had just five hits off a trio of Campbellsville pitchers. Alfredo Bohorquez, Nicco Lollio and Evan Smith all had one hit, while Josh Wenning (Palmyra, Ind.) and Reid Battles (Denton, Texas) added one hit each.