They hardly looked like their nickname of Mighty Oaks in the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader at St. Catharine. But visiting Oakland City University (Evansville, IN.) came alive in game two to salvage a split at Edelen-Haydon Field.
After taking game one 5-2 the Patriots couldn’t get a key hit in the nightcap and the Mighty Oaks used a four-run fourth inning to win 6-1. The split left the Patriots with a 15-13 record while Oakland City went to 11-2 for the season.
St. Catharine got a strong combined pitching performance in the opener from Matt Wagner and Tony Krohman. Wagner allowed both runs, unearned, on four hits in five innings to get the victory. Krohman allowed just one hit in two innings of relief to record his first collegiate save.
The Patriots overcame a 2-0 deficit in the third inning with three runs. Andrew Garcia had a sacrifice fly in the inning and Luis Zeledon and Adam Blair had RBI singles. They added two runs in the fourth frame when Carlos Hernandez and Juan Moriel had back to back doubles and Patrick Jones had a run scoring single.
Game two opened well for the Bat Pats as Moriel singled and scored on a Tyler Mischel double. But that was the only run they would get as they stranded 11 runners for the game.
The Mighty Oaks reached starting pitcher Timothy Reed for three runs in the fourth inning before he gave way to Anthony Thorn with one out. Thorn allowed one more run in the inning and two more in the seventh inning before Cory Klinger came on to get the final three outs.
The Bat Pats are back in conference action Saturday and Sunday with doubleheaders against the University of Rio Grande.