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The St. Catharine College Baseball squad (4-8) split their weekend series with visiting Indiana Tech (2-3-1). The Patriots won both openers, only to see the Warriors answer back both days to win the nightcap.
“Overall, it was a good series between two even teams”, noted Patriot mentor Luther Bramblett. “Our pitching was a lot better this weekend and they gave us a chance to win three of the four games. Defensively, we played great Saturday but gave them all of their runs on Sunday—we have to do a better job of playing catch.”
The Patriots jumped all over the Warrior starter, scoring six runs in the first two innings en route to a series-opening 7-4 win.
John Werner (Anaheim, Calif.) picked up his first win of the year, tossing 4.2 innings.
He scattered 4 hits and punched out nine, allowing two runs (one earned).
Trenton Claunch (Burgin) and Jake McCoy (Mesa, Ariz.) tossed the final frames, each allowing a run.
At the plate, the Pats were led by Alfredo Bohorquez (Maracaibo, Venezuela) and Francisco
Gonzalez (San Diego, Calif.) who both had two-hit games, scored two runs apeice and each had an RBI.
Drew Kissel (Jeffersonville, Ind.) went 2-for-3 with a double, while Ty Broady (Greenville) added a 1-for-3 game with a run scored and an RBI.
In the nightcap, the Warriors exploded for five runs in the top of the sixth inning on their way to a 9-2 victory.
Andrew Nelson (Eureka, Calif.) started and suffered the loss.
He went five innings, allowing three hits and three runs.
Cory Klinger (Rushlyvania, Ohio) and Alex Knowles (Huntington Beach, Calif.) combined to give up six runs on three hits and five walks.
The trio of Adrian Garcia (Anaheim, Calif.), Eric Donnelly (Coral Springs, Fla.) and Tyler Steiner (Coral Glades, Fla.) all had two-hit games and Steiner added an RBI.
The Patriot bats erupted for three runs in the bottom of the first inning in a 3-2 win behind the strong pitching performance of Steven Borkowski (San Diego, Calif.).
Borkowski tossed the first complete game of the year for the Patriots, scattering five hits and punching out seven. He allowed two unearned runs.
The top of the Patriot lineup did all of the damage.
Gonzalez singled to start the inning, and Broady singled him to third.
Danny Jimenez (Fountain Valley, Calif.) singled home Gonzalez. After a sacrifice bunt, Broady scored on a Garcia ground out.
Josh Whitmer (Taylorsville) then singled home Jimenez for the Patriot scoring.
In the nightcap, the Warriors scored single runs in the first three innings off Patriot starter Rich Corrente (Chatham, Ontario).
Corrente went three innings, giving up three unearned runs on five hits.
Claunch tossed the final four frames, allowing only three baserunners to give the Pats a chance to catch up.
The Patriot offense scored a run in the bottom of the third when Bohorquez singled and scored on a Gonzalez base knock.
SC left the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth and had a chance in the 7th to win the contest.
Broady walked to start the seventh and later scored on a Warrior error. With runners on the corners, the Pats rally ended with a 6-3 groundout and a 3-2 loss.