04/18/2011 – The baseball team lost a pair of one run games to league leading Madonna at Kimble Field yesterday. The victories improved the Crusaders record to 26-10 on the year and 14-1 in league play, while the Saints fell to 20-9-1 for the season and 7-2 in the WHAC.
Windy conditions, crazy bounces and competitive play led to two very entertaining games at Kimble on Sunday. The Crusaders survived game one 4-3, thanks in part to the back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning by Steve Pelletier and Matt Kay. Jeremy Gooding was credited with his seventh win of the year as he allowed two earned runs and ten hits in seven innings of work. Aquinas' Vince Misiewicz fell to (3-2) with the loss as he struck out eight Crusaders in six and a third innings of work. Lead-off batter Michael Penny was a perfect 3-3, while Brent Butgereit and Ryan Grigonis both collected two hits apiece.
Madonna completed the sweep as the Crusaders struck for three runs in the bottom of the ninth to win the game 7-6. Cory Garneau played well in a starting role, but was awarded a no decision. Garneau allowed three runs and six hits in six and a third innings of work. Michael Penny continued his hot hitting from game one by picking up three more hits and scoring three runs. Aquinas' Kennen Less went 2-2 with two RBI's and two runs scored. A costly error in the bottom of the ninth allowed the go ahead run to cross the plate.
Aquinas will return to action next weekend with a doubleheader at Northwestern Ohio.