Trevecca Nazarene didn’t have many hits for the day. But the visiting Trojans got them when they needed them in a season opening doubleheader sweep of Luther Bramblett’s St. Catharine Bat Pats.
Trevecca had just one hit in the opener but that was a three-run homer in a 3-2 win. In the nightcap the Trojans collected nine hits in a 5-4 victory.
In his first start in a St. Catharine uniform, junior right hander Ryan Rizzi was nearly perfect. Rizzi entered the seventh inning with a no-hitter. Only two players had reached base on him, both of them via errors.
But, with a 2-0 lead, Rizzi walked the first batter of the seventh inning and hit the next. That brought in reliever Matt Wagner who surrendered a three-run homer to Mark Rayburn which was the Trojans’ only hit. The Patriots were retired in order in the bottom of the seventh.
St. Catharine had taken a 2-0 lead on a pair of sacrifice flies. Carlos Hernandez walked to open the first inning. He stole second for one of his three stolen bases for the game and scored on a Matt Foster sac fly. Joey Xavier began the fourth inning with a triple and scored on Andrew Garcia’s sacrifice fly.
The Bat Pats had just three hits for the game and stranded five runners.
In the second game the Bat Pats scored all four of their runs in the first inning but the Trojans took advantage of five St. Catharine errors to post the 5-4 win.
The winning run came in the sixth inning. A single and double put runners on second and third with one out. Then SC shortstop Juan Moriel made a diving catch of Michael Maxwell’s line drive. But his throw in an attempt to double the runner off third base was wide allowing Luke Fennell to score the decisive run.
The Bat Pats took advantage of control trouble from Trojan starter Justin Dailey in the first inning when they loaded the bases on a hit batter and two walks. Xavier then doubled in two runs, another scored on a ground out by Garcia and the fourth run came across on a Luis Zeledon double.
St. Catharine had only two hits after the first inning as Trevecca chipped away at the 4-2 lead they faced after the first inning. Starter Javier Perez allowed two runs, one earned, in four innings. Tim Reed, who took the loss, allowed three unearned runs over the final three frames.
The Bat Pats are back in action this Friday and Saturday at Mid-Continent University where they will play the host school twice and Illinois Tech twice.