The Davenport University Panthers traveled to Edelen-Haydon Field for their first two games of the season Friday. And after dropping the first game 6-0 to Luther Bramblett’s Bat Pats, salvaged a split with a 4-3 win in game two.
St. Catharine, 5-3, got a strong pitching performance in the first game shutout from Ryan Rizzi (Lansing, Il). The junior transfer from Lansing, Ill allowed three hits, no walks and fanned five in six innings. Trenton Claunch (Burgin, Ky) worked a scoreless seventh inning, allowing one hit with one strikeout.
Jeremy Turpin (Lawrenceburg, Ky) had two of the Bat Pats’ five hits. Luis Zeledon (Los Angeles, Ca) had a two-run double and Matt Foster (Stone Mountain, Ga) had a run scoring double.
The Panther struck early in game two with a run in the first inning off starter Matt Pavelich (Tucson, Az). That was the only run he would allow in his five innings of work but Davenport got to the St. Catharine bullpen for three runs in the sixth inning.
Cory Klinger (Rushsylvania, Oh) allowed two of those runs without retiring a batter and Matt Wagner surrendered the final run.
But the Bat Pats didn’t go down without a fight as they plated three runs in the bottom of the seventh. Walks to Turpin and Tyler Mischel (St. Louis, Mo) were sandwiched around a single by Juan Moriel (San Diego, Ca) to load the bases with no outs. Andrew Garcia (Las Vegas, Nv) then cleared the bases with a double. But Panther’s reliever retired the next three batters to end the game.
Mischel and Garcia had two hits apiece in the Bat Pats’ seven hit attack. Panthers’ pitchers issued six walks but the bat Pats’ couldn’t take advantage of the free passes as they stranded 10 runners.
The two teams will square off again on Saturday for a doubleheader beginning at 1:00.