After two mid-week games in which they scored 28 runs, the St. Catharine College baseball team’s bats went as cold as the weather at Mid-South Conference rival Lindsey Wilson last weekend. In the four-game series Luther Bramblett’s bunch scored 12 runs on 16 hits which, due to their own strong pitching, was good enough for a series split.
The 4-2 week gave St. Catharine an overall record of 20-18-1 and a conference mark of 6-10. That puts them in fifth place in the West Division, two games behind Lindsey Wilson. Today the Bat Pats are at home to face non-conference foe Union College. This weekend West Virginia Tech visits Edelen-Haydon Field for a four game conference series.
Last Tuesday the Bat Pats pounded out 14 hits in beating Asbury University 11-1. Andrew Garcia (Las Vegas, NV) was 4-4 and Luis Zeledon (Las Angeles, CA), Juan Moriel (San Diego, CA) and Richie Stanley (Owensboro, KY) had two hits apiece. Matt Wagner (Brooks, KY) pitched four innings to pick up the victory, improving his record to 3-0.
On Wednesday the Patriots had 15 knocks in a 17-3 win over the University of Cincinnati-Clermont. Adam Blair (Lebanon, KY) had three hits while Jeremy Turpin (Lawrenceburg, KY), Alan Stoupa (McLean, VA), Ryan Mangione (Lexington, KY) and Garcia had two hits apiece. Anthony Thorn (Elizabethtown, KY) worked five innings, allowing one run, to improve his record to 3-2.
Then runs became scarce as the Bat Pats made the journey to Columbia to take on Lindsey Wilson for doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday. The batting averages plummeted along with the temperatures. St. Catharine averaged three hits and four runs a game while the Blue Raiders averaged 2-5 runs and five hits a contest.
“It really was a combination of the cold weather and good pitching,” said Bramblett. “We keep getting runners on base, moving them over but we can’t get them in consistently.”
In Friday’s opener St. Catharine came up with just three hits, two by Stoupa, in dropping a 4-3 decision. Matt Pavelich (Vail, AZ) (1-4) took the loss as he went the distance and allowed seven hits while striking out three and walking none.
In Friday’s nightcap the Bat Pats scored three runs in the second inning and held on for a 3-1 win behind the strong pitching of Timmy Paxton (Louisville, KY) (3-3). The senior right hander allowed four hits while fanning six and walking none. Juan Moriel had two of St. Catharine’s five hits including a run scoring double.
The Blue Raiders scored the winning run in the sixth inning to notch a 3-2 victory in Saturday’s opener. Adam Gillcrist (Burlington, KY) (4-2) allowed just five hits in taking the loss. The Bat Pats had just four hits, all singles by four different players.
In game two Saturday, St. Catharine beat the Blue Raiders and the approaching rain in a game shortened to six innings due to weather. With the game tied 1-1 Tyler Mischel (St. Louis, MO)unloaded a long home run to lead off the sixth inning. The Bat pats were able to plate two more runs in the inning in the 4-2 win. Mischel had two of St. Catharine’s four hits.
Josh Jillson (Wales, ME) (2-4) got the victory. The junior southpaw allowed two runs on four hits in 5 1/3 innings. Matt Wagner earned his second save of the season.
Bramblett hopes to get his team’s offense untracked this weekend to climb in the conference standings. “Our pitching has kept us in most every game and our defense has been good for the most part. We just need innings where we can string together a few hits.”