The weather finally cleared to be conducive for baseball and the St. Catharine College Patriots were hoping to warm up as well when they hosted the Campbellsville Tigers in a pair of Mid-South Conference doubleheaders last weekend. But Luther Bramblett’s Bat Pats were able to claim only one victory in the four games at Edelen-Haydon Field.
Campbellsville, ranked 17th nationally with a record of 7-9 overall and 4-2 in the MSC, won Saturday’s opener 13-7 but the Patriots bounced back to win the nightcap 3-2. On Sunday the Tigers claimed a 2-0 victory in game one and earned the sweep with a 10-5 win in the second game.
The Bat Pats now are14-12-1 overall and 3-5 in conference play. Wednesday they host Oakland City University in a twin bill starting at 1:00. This weekend Rio Grande visits for a conference doubleheader. Saturday’s first pitch is at 1:00 and Sunday’s action begins at noon.
In Saturday’s opener the Tigers broke open a close game with an eight-run fifth inning on their way to the 13-7 win. Losing pitcher Matt Pavelich (1-3) allowed eight runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings. Reliever Cory Klinger wasn’t able to get an out as he allowed five of the runs in the fifth inning.
Carlos Hernandez and Alan Stoupa had two hits each among the seven collected by the Patriots.
Saturday’s second game saw a strong pitching performance turned in by Tim Paxton in the St. Catharine 3-2 win. Paxton worked six innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits. The senior right hander fanned four and walked two. Brad Krohman got his first save of the season to go along with a 2-0 record.
Patrick Jones hit a two-run homer in the third inning to give the Bat Pats a 2-1 lead and Ryan Mangione singled in the decisive third run in the fourth inning.
Another strong outing on the mound came from Adam Gillcrist in Sunday’s opener but the Bat Pats could muster no runs in falling 2-0. Gillcrist (3-1) allowed two runs (one earned) on just three hits in his complete game effort. He struck out three and walked four.
But three Tigers’ hurlers combined for the shutout as the Patriots had just three hits, two of them by Hernandez.
Pitching wasn’t the strong suit in game two Sunday as the two teams sent 11 pitchers to the hill who walked a total of 20 batters as Campbellsville prevailed 10-5. Josh Jillson (1-2) took the loss although he just allowed two earned runs (four total) in five innings.
St. Catharine knocked out six hits, all singles, with Stoupa and Hernandez getting two each.
The three losses put the Bat Pats in a tie for fourth place with Georgetown in the West Division with a 3-5 record. Lindsey Wilson is on top at 5-1, with Cumberlands (6-2) and Campbellsville (4-2) in second and third respectively.