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Patriot baseball win streak snapped, but start 2-1 in conference

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By SCC Sports Information

The St. Catharine College baseball team had their win streak snapped at 13 last week. But Luther Bramblett’s bunch maintained its momentum in taking the first Mid-South Conference series of the season by taking two of three games from UVA-Wise.

The streak continued Monday when the Bat Pats traveled to Owensboro and beat Brescia University and Dakota State. They made it 12 straight Tuesday with a win at Union College. After winning 10-9 Saturday in the series opener against UVA-Wise, the Cavaliers stopped the streak with a 5-2 win in Sunday’s first game. But St. Catharine bounced back to win Sunday’s nightcap 3-0.
    
Brescia
Eric Standafer was 3-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and a RBI to lead the Pats to a 10-1 win over the Bearcats (3-9). Jeremy Turpin was 2-4 with a run scored and one RBI. Joey Andrada added a two-run double and Tyler Mischel had a solo homer.

Eddie Rivera tossed three shutout innings on one hit while fanning seven. Andrew Nelson also threw three scoreless innings and struck out three while allowing two hits. Cody Alvey allowed one unearned run in his only inning of work.

Dakota State
The Bat Pats decided the outcome of this one early as they plated 10 runs in the first inning en route to a 14-2 win. Josh Whitmer was 3-4 with two doubles and two RBI’s. CJ Englestad and KC Mejia had two hits each in the first inning outburst.

Dylan Shoffner pitched two hitless innings and struck out four. Bruce Tolliver struck out six in two scoreless innings. CJ Gant and Chase Dial each pitched one inning and each allowed one run.

Union
The Bat Pats took advantage of 15 walks from the Bulldog pitching staff in winning 9-6 on the road Tuesday. Four of those free passes came in the seventh inning when St. Catharine turned a 4-2 deficit into a 9-4 lead. The big hit in the inning was a two out, two run single by Englestad.

Carlos Hernandez was 2-3 with one RBI, three runs and three stolen bases. Adrian Garcia had a double, a run scored, drew three walks and a hit by pitch.

Starter Trenton Claunch allowed four runs (three earned) in three innings. Alvey had two strikeouts in two scoreless innings and Cory Klinger got the win with two strikeouts in two innings. Matt Wagner earned the save with two innings of work, fanning the final two batters with runners on the corners.

UVA-Wise
In game one of the series played Saturday, the Pats looked like they had the game in control, holding a 9-2 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh. UVA-Wise plated three runs in the seventh and four runs in the ninth to make it interesting. Eddie Rivera picked up the win, tossing six innings - allowing two runs on five hits. He struck out eight, but issued five free bases. Cory Klinger picked up the save with one strikeout for the final out.

The Patriots were led by Standafer who had two hits including a double and scored twice. Mejia added two hits, a run and two stolen bases. Nine Patriots had base hits in the game.
In the second game, the Cavaliers jumped on  Shoffner early, scoring a run in each the first and the second and two runs in the third inning. The freshman went six innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and tallied eight K’s. Wagner kept the game close, tossing the final two frames and not allowing a run. Hernandez knocked in Turpin who doubled in the fifth and Tyler Mischel homered in the sixth inning for the only two Patriot runs. The Pats left 12 runners on base. Hernandez went 3-4 with a double and RBI and Turpin went 2-4 with a double and a run.

In the series clincher, Bruce Tolliver tossed a complete game gem. He went seven innings of shutout ball, scattering four hits. He punched out eight Cavaliers. Joel Cooper  led the Pats, with a 2-3 game. He doubled and tripled - had a RBI and scored two runs. Hernandez went 2-4 with two stolen bases and a run and Turpin scored a run after reaching on a single.

The Patriots (15-7, 2-1 MSC) traveled to Mid-Continent University on Tuesday and  will host MSC foe Bluefield College this weekend. Friday’s single game starts at 1 p.m. and Saturday’s twin bill begins at noon.