Squeezed in between rain showers, some sleet and snow and blustery winds, the St. Catharine College baseball team was able to get in seven games last week. And when the dust had cleared, or thawed, Luther Bramblett’s Bat Pats had won four of the seven contests.
The 4-3 week left the St. Catharine nine with an overall mark of 10-8. And while Bramblett expected better at this juncture, he is optimistic that his team can get rolling over the remaining two months of the regular season.
“We have had a rash of injuries to key players that has forced us to go with some inexperienced guys,” said the Bat Pats’ mentor. But at the end of the day we shouldn’t be making the physical and mental errors that have cost us games. But the real season for us starts this weekend so we will need to raise our level of play to compete. We have underachieved to this point but if we can get everyone healthy we’ll be alright.”
The “real season” is the Mid-South Conference schedule that begins this weekend. Shawnee State comes to Edelen-Haydon field of r as three game series. A single game Friday starts at 1:00 and Saturday’s doubleheader begins at noon.
Last week began with a split of a twin bill at Martin Methodist College in Tennessee. The Bat Pats ripped out 16 hits in winning the opener 17-8. Joey Xavier and Luis Zeledon each had three hits and Jeremy Turpin, CJ Englestad and Matt Foster had two hits apiece. Cory Klinger was the winning pitcher.
Martin Methodist, 7-7, won game two 8-6 as Matt Wagner, 1-2, took the loss. Cody Miller had three of St. Catharine’s seven hits.
The Bat Pats were home for the final five games of the week. In a three game series against Benedictine-Springfield University (Ill) they dropped two of three. St. Catharine won the series opener 4-0 behind the stellar outing of Ryan Rizzi. The junior right hander struck out five, walked one and allowed four hits in going the distance.
In Friday’s second game Benedictine prevailed 9-5 as the Bat Pats mustered just two hits. Matt Pavelich, 0-2, took the loss.
In the rubber game of the series Benedictine (3-1) broke a 3-3 tie with three runs in the seventh en route to the 6-4 win on Saturday. Zeledon had two of the Bat Pats seven hits but St. Catharine stranded 11 runners on base.
The offense woke up on Sunday with wins of 18-10 and 21-2 over OSU-Lima. They had a total of 20 hits in the two games. Xavier led the way with four hits and four RBI’s in the two games. Klinger, 2-1, was the winning pitcher in game one and Jake Waardenburg, 2-0, was the game two winner.
“Our starting pitching has been solid so far,” added Bramblett. “but our bullpen has been hit or miss. We are issuing too many walks and not getting enough shutdown innings.”