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Patriot baseball climbs over .500 with three wins

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By The Staff

SCC Sports Information

The St. Catharine College Patriots won three of four games last week to improve their season record to 10-9. On Tuesday they bettered visiting Missouri Baptist 8-5, but fell to Union College 5-4 at home Wednesday. On Sunday, in the first Mid-South Conference action of the season, they swept a doubleheader at Pikeville College.

In boosting their early season conference mark to 2-0, the Patriots pummeled Pikeville 21-2 and 9-2 in Sunday’s doubleheader. Travis Adams (3-1) earned the first-game victory. He tossed four scoreless innings and allowed three hits while fanning four. Matt Wagner pitched the fifth and final inning and allowed two runs, both unearned, on two hits with three strikeouts.

Nick Holmes (1-2) was the second game winner with five innings of two-hit ball. He allowed one run, unearned, while striking out six and lowering his team-leading ERA to 1.54. Timmy Paxton worked the final two innings, giving up one run on three hits with three strikeouts.

Philip Dean and Kaleb Henry contributed much of the offense for the Patriots in the two wins. Dean was 2-6 with eight RBIs and two doubles. Henry was 5-6 with four runs scored.

Pikeville fell to 2-10 overall and 0-2 in the conference.

In Tuesday’s win over Missouri Baptist (7-7) the Patriots overcame three first-inning runs by the visitors to claim the 8-5 win. Kyle Leja (2-0) gave up a three-run homer in the first, but settled down to allow no more runs in his 5.1 innings. Paxton and Brad Krohman each allowed one run in relief.

Chris Smith and Dean each had three hits as the Patriots pounded out 12 safeties. Brian Jones had two hits and Ryan Mangione had two hits and knocked in three runs.

Wednesday against Union College, ranked 16th in NAIA D-II, the Patriots outhit the Bulldogs 10-8 but fell in the 5-4 decision. The Patriots threatened in the ninth inning when Chris Smith walked and Brian Jones singled. But Henry struck out and Adam Blair grounded out to the pitcher to end the game. Jones and Blair each had two hits for St. Catharine.

Scott Clemmons (0-1) took the loss. He pitched 2.1 innings and gave up two runs on three hits. He was one of seven Patriot pitchers who took the mound in the game. Koby Hearn was the winning pitcher for the Bulldogs, who improved to 9-6.

The Patriots are home today at 1 p.m. against Cincinnati Christian University. That doubleheader will be the first two games of a 14-game homestand. Friday and Saturday the University of the Cumberlands will come to Edelen-Haydon Field for two conference doubleheaders. University of Cincinnati-Clermont will visit for a doubleheader Sunday and Asbury College will provide the opposition Tuesday.