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Saints Split with Golden Eagles

03/19/2014 – The men's baseball team opened the WHAC portion of their schedule by splitting a pair of games with Cornerstone at DeWitt Field. The doubleheader moved the Saints record to 1-1 in the WHAC and to 8-7 overall, while the Golden Eagles record stands at 11-7 on the season and share the matching 1-1 record in the league.

A pair of unearned runs in the early stages of game one gave the Saints a 2-0 advantage. The lead was short lived as Cornerstone responded with two in the third, two in the fourth and three more in the eighth to secure the 7-2 victory. The Saints received a pair of base hits from Greg Chulski, while Mark Lepri supplied the games only RBI for Aquinas. Kevin Schafer was credited with his first loss of the season as the lefty from Grand Ledge allowed six earned runs in seven plus innings of work.

The back half of the doubleheader saw the temperatures dip, but not the intensity. The Saints drew first blood again as Aquinas tagged Cornerstone starter, Ryan Harris, with three runs in the top half of the third inning. Brad Slis scored on a ground out by Kyle Orlowski, while Brendan Penny drove in two with his one out single. The Golden Eagles trimmed the lead to one in the bottom half of inning number three as Aquinas pitcher, Phillip Holt, allowed two runs on three hits.

The two teams traded runs in the fourth before the Saints secured the win on a throwing error in the sixth. Cody Ritsema moved to 2-0 on the season as he pitched four solid innings to close the door on Cornerstone. Jimmy McDonagh went 2-2 in game two and scored two runs, including the game-winner.

Mother nature will play an active role in deciding when the Saints take to the field again.

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