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Bat Pats sweep weekend series from IUN, play at SEMO today

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By The Staff

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The wind was howling, the mercury remained around freezing and some overnight ice threatened one of the weekend games between St. Catharine College and visiting Indiana University Northwest from Gary, Indiana.

But Luther Bramblett’s Bat Pats made the chilly temperatures a little more bearable at Edelen-Haydon Field by swinging some hot bats in a three-game sweep of the Redhawks who were in action for the first time this season. Saturday saw the Patriots sweep a twin bill by scores of 10-0 and 9-6. Sunday they plucked the Redhawks 22-1.

That three-game sweep, giving the Patriots a 5-2 slate, came on the heels of two losses during the week at Union College and Campbellsville University by scores of 13-1 and 11-4 respectively.

“We had two tough games during the week,” said Bramblett. “First of all they were our first road games and, second, they were against ranked opponents. Union is fifth in the nation and Campbellsville, a game we added just to get to see some good pitching, is 36th.”

Union (10-0) broke open a close 2-1 game with a grand slam in the fourth inning en route to the 13-1 win. Junior Bryan Jones (0-1) took the loss after allowing five runs, all unearned, on four hits. Chris Smith was 3-4 to lead the Patriot offense and Justin Witt doubled.

Wednesday at Campbellsville (6-1), Patriot defense and pitching woes led to the 11-4 defeat as SCC hurlers allowed nine free passes on walks and hit batters and the defense made three errors. Adam Gillcrist (0-1) was the loser as he gave up five runs, three earned, on seven hits. Witt was 2-4. Kaleb Henry had a two-run homer and Josh Landers tripled and scored a run.

Saturday against IUN the Patriots won the opener 10-0 in five innings. Travis Adams (2-0) pitched four innings, allowing one hit while fanning nine. Evan Daub pitched the final frame. Jared Yates was 2-2 with three RBI and scored two runs. T.J. Mangione and Chris Smith each had two-run singles and Patrick Jones scored two runs and had two RBI on a double.

In game two Nick Holmes started and allowed three runs (one earned) in four innings while recording 12 K’s. Andy Dietz (1-0) worked two scoreless innings to get the victory in the 9-6 decision. Daniel Bentley gave the Patriots the lead in the fifth inning with a pinch hit, three-run double. Philip Dean was 2-4 with two runs scored and Patrick Jones added a two RBI single.

In the series finale on Sunday the Patriots exploded for 16 runs on 11 hits in the third inning in the 22-1, seven-inning contest. Brad Krohman (1-0) allowed one run on three hits and struck out seven to get the win.

Jeff Strong, Morgan Jones and Dustin Lewis each pitched one inning of scoreless relief. Landers was 2-2 with two runs scored and two RBI. Patrick Jones had two hits and four RBI. Dean had two hits and freshman transfer Brian Beavin was 3-4 with three RBI and three runs scored.

“I think we had the more talented team and we did what we needed to do in the three games,” Bramblett said. “It was a good opportunity to get some young guys some at-bats and get some work for our pitchers.”

The Patriots will definitely get a lot of work in the next few days. Today they will travel to Cape Girardeau, Missouri to play Southeast Missouri in a single game, marking the first time in SCC history that the Patriots will play a NCAA D-I opponent. Thursday through Tuesday the Bat Pats will play 10 games, all at home. Thursday Oakland City visits, Spalding provides the opposition on Friday and Cincinnati Christian will be in town Saturday. Sunday the Patriots take on Miami-Middletown and Tuesday they play Mid-Continent University.