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Bat Pats enduring streaky season

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By The Staff

SCC Sports Information

The 2010 baseball season has already been a year of streaks for the St. Catharine College Patriots. After starting the season with three losses to Harris-Stowe, Luther Bramblett’s nine reeled off six consecutive victories, all in the friendly confines of Edelen-Haydon Field.

But the streak turned somewhat sour again last week as the Patriots dropped five of their last six decisions in compiling an early season 7-8 record. It is unfamiliar ground for the Bat Pats to be under .500 at this juncture of the season, but Bramblett is taking an optimistic look at his team’s performance.

“We have been playing very good competition, especially last week,” said the St. Catharine skipper. “After the bad weather early, we are now starting to get some at-bats. We hit the ball much better last week, but couldn’t come up the key hit with runners on.”

Last week was definitely not one that will comprise a highlight reel of the season. The action started Tuesday when the Patriots hosted perennial powerhouse Cumberland University (Tennessee) in a single game. A well-played game on both sides went into extra innings, where the visitors scored three runs in the 10th inning to break a 3-3 tie. The Patriots threatened in the bottom of the 10th, but could muster just one run in losing 6-4.

On Wednesday the Patriots traveled to Nashville to take on another NAIA power in Trevecca Nazarene. Control problems by the Patriot hurlers led to 11 walks and resulted in a 14-3 loss.

Then came the weekend series against visiting Taylor University (Indiana), a team like Trevecca that has received votes in the national polls. And the Trojans looked worthy of that recognition by taking three of the four games in the series. After winning Friday’s first game 6-1 behind the strong pitching of Travis Adams, the Patriots fell in the second game 3-1. On Saturday the Trojans won the opener 5-4 and routed the Patriots 18-3 in the series finale.

“Except for that last game we pitched good enough to win,” said Bramblett. “We are competing and playing hard. We just need to get better.”

The Bat Pats will have that chance with a full schedule of games this week. Today they host Union College starting at 1 p.m. The conference schedule opens this weekend with doubleheaders at Pikeville Friday and Saturday. On Tuesday, Shawnee State visits in a 1 p.m. start.