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In a busy week of college baseball, it was very easy to pick out the highlight for the St. Catharine College Patriots. That came Wednesday when Luther Bramblett’s team traveled to Southeast Missouri State and left with an 11-9 victory. It was the first time the Bat Pats had ever faced a NCAA Division I opponent and, as sweet as the win was, Bramblett says it comes with possible repercussions.
“It was a big win for us,” said Bramblett, whose team now stands at 12-3. “But we may have a hard time scheduling another D-I team because of it. With this being our first year as a four-year program it quickly establishes us a quality baseball program at that level.”
The win over SEMO was one victory in a week that saw the Patriots go 7-1. Following their trip to Cape Girardeau they came home to split a doubleheader against Oakland City University (Indiana) on Thursday and beat Spalding University in a single game Friday. Saturday they beat Cincinnati Christian twice and Sunday they took a twin bill from visiting Miami-Middletown.
“With eight games in five days we did a pretty good job of staying focused,” added Bramblett. “We are a little banged up right now, but we have another big stretch ahead of us to get ready for.”
Thursday at SEMO, who was 5-3 with two wins over Alabama and one over Purdue, the Patriots got excellent relief pitching from Travis Adams and offensive production from Philip Dean in the 11-9 win. Adams pitched the final 5 2/3 innings in relief of starter Nick Holmes. Andy Dietz went 1 1/3 innings after Holmes pitched into the third frame. Adams allowed no runs and struck out six to pick up the win.
Dean went 3-4 including a three-run homer. Shane Young was 2-4 with a home run and four RBI’s. Brian Jones and Patrick Jones each had two hits.
Thursday, Oakland City (3-2) worked a split from the Patriots. St. Catharine won game one 8-2, but dropped the nightcap 8-7, ending their five-game winning streak. Evan Daub tossed a complete game in the opener with two strikeouts and no walks as he allowed six hits. The Patriots had 11 hits as Brian Jones had three. Patrick Jones, Justin Witt and Ryan Mangione had two hits each.
In game two, Travis Evans allowed six runs through five innings, but left with the lead. But the Oaks got to Tim Paxton (0-1) for single runs in the sixth and seventh innings, the last one unearned, to win 8-7. The Patriots had 13 hits but left 11 runners on base. Witt had three hits to lead the Patriots.
Friday against Spalding the Patriots used a six-run rally in the seventh inning to beat Spalding University (1-12) 12-9. Brian Jones (1-1) went seven innings to get the victory. Dustin Lewis allowed two runs on three hits in two innings of relief. Patrick Jones homered, doubled and had four RBI’s. Shane Young added two hits and Mangione and Adam Blair had run scoring doubles.
On Saturday the Patriots swept Cincinnati Christian 10-0 and 13-3. Morgan Jones (1-0) got the win in game one with four innings of scoreless pitching. Dietz struck out two in his one inning of relief. Patrick Jones homered, doubled and had four RBI’s.
St. Catharine scored 10 runs in the sixth inning in game two for a come- from-behind win, 13-3. Adam Gillcrist pitched the first four innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with four strikeouts. Patrick McDonald (1-0) struck out two in the final two innings to get the win. Young had a grand slam in the sixth inning. Daniel Bentley tripled and scored twice and Josh Landers tripled and scored three runs.
The Patriots finished the week by pummeling Miami-Middletown 11-1 and 25-2. Travis Adams (4-0) won game one with three innings of work. Nick Holmes struck out four in two scoreless innings of relief. Kaleb Henry homered, Dean had two hits and Blair and Daniel Bentley each tripled.
In the second game, Witt had two of the Patriots’ 13 hits including a triple and three RBI’s. Brian Beavin, Philip Dean, TJ Mangione and Nick McBride all doubled for the Bat Pats and Adam Blair tripled. Brad Krohman (2-0) picked up the win, tossing the first two frames. He had four strikeouts. Paxton pitched two innings and allowed one run and Jeff Strong tossed the final frame allowing an unearned run.
The Patriots are at home today at 1 p.m. where they will host Trevecca University, who was 20th in the pre-season poll. Friday and Saturday they will entertain visiting Pikeville College in the first Mid-South Conference games ever played at St. Catharine, starting at 1 p.m. Friday and noon on Saturday. Tuesday they end the homestand against Indiana University Southeast with a 2 p.m. matchup.
For a complete schedule, visit www.sccky.edu and click on athletics.