Wednesday at Edelen-Haydon Field the St. Catharine College Patriots got timely hitting, good pitching and adequate defense. But in the end it was a pitch just barely out of the strike zone that gave them a 7-6 victory over the visiting 14th ranked Bulldogs from Union College.
With the score knotted at 6-6 and the bases loaded in the ninth inning, shortstop Ryan Mangione (Lexington, KY) took a 3-2 pitch that was just off the plate forcing pinch runner Adam Blair (Lebanon, KY) in with the winning run.
The victory improved the Bat Pats record to 21-18 while Union fell to 26-8. St. Catharine is back in action this weekend with a four game series at home against Mid-South Conference opponent West Virginia Tech. Friday’s doubleheader begins at 1:00 and Saturday’s action starts at noon.
Wednesday’s contest was a see-saw affair from the start. The Bulldogs scored in the top of the first but the Bat Pats took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the inning on a RBI single by Tyler Mischel (St. Louis, MO) and a bases loaded walk to Andrew Garcia (Las Vegas, NV)
Union regained the lead at 3-2 in the third frame but St. Catharine rallied for three runs in the fifth inning for a 5-3 advantage. Alan Stoupa (McLean, VA) doubled in two of those runs and Garcia added a run scoring single.
Both teams scored in the seventh inning, the Bat Pats’ run coming on a squeeze bunt by Jeremy Turpin (Lawrenceburg, KY)
Union tied the game in the eighth inning when they plated two runs on a triple, double and single. But the Patriots’ rally in the ninth gave them the win. Richie Stanley (Owensboro, KY) opened the inning with a single. Luis Zeledon (Los Angeles, CA) laid down a sacrifice bunt but pinch ruuner Blair was safe at second when the Bulldogs’ pitcher threw wildly. Stoupa then sacrificed the runners to second and third and Garcia and Mangione sandwiched walks (Garcia’s intentional) around a pop out by Turpin.
The Bat Pats had 10 hits but stranded nine runners. Stanley had three hits including a triple and Juan Moriel (San Diego, CA) had two hits. Matt Wagner (Brooks, KY), who pitched the final 1 1/3 innings got the win to improve his record to 5-0.