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When the Patriots topped Robert Morris College in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader it marked the program’s 500th win. Then, with the win in Sunday’s first game against Miami-Middletown, head coach Luther Bramblett notched his 300th career win as Bat Pats skipper.
“I really don’t have a lot to do with it,” said Bramblett. “When you have good players, you are going to win a lot of games.”
The Patriots swept three doubleheaders, two from Robert Morris and one against Miami-Middletown this past weekend. That came on the heels of three losses at Freed-Hardeman University in Tennessee, where they dropped three games to Harris-Stowe State from St. Louis.
“I think we had 10 hits in those three games,” added Bramblett. “This weekend, though, we started hitting better and played excellent defense.”
That pitching and defense translated to victories of 2-1 and 5-4 Friday over Robert Morris. Travis Adams tossed a complete game in the opener to even his record at 1-1, and Adam Gillcrist (1-0) won the second game in relief of Nick Holmes.
The Patriots swept Saturday’s twin bill 9-2 and 3-1. Joel Brockman (1-1) won the first game as he allowed two runs on four hits in 5 1/3 innings. Jeff Strong and Lee Thompson pitched in relief. Brian Jones (1-0) pithed five innings in the second game victory.
On Sunday the Bat Pats beat Miami-Middletown 5-2 in the opener and 5-0 in the nightcap. Tim Paxton (1-0) picked up the first game win in relief of Morgan Jones. In the second game freshman Kyle Leja, in his first collegiate start, took a no-hitter into the sixth before allowing an infield single. Jeff Strong and Lee Thompson nailed down the win in relief.
The Patriots are at home again this weekend with doubleheaders Friday and Saturday against Taylor University.