03/26/2012 – The baseball team dropped three of four to the Racers of Northwestern Ohio at Kimble Field over the weekend. The Racers improved to 17-7 on the season and to 3-1 in the WHAC, while the Saints fell to 10-14 overall and to 3-5 in the league.
On Saturday, the Saints fell victim to strong pitching performances from the Racers aces (Petrick and Ashman). Aquinas was limited to one run and eight hits over the two games. Northwestern Ohio won game one 2-1 in ten innings and then proceeded to shut out the Saints in game two, 2-0. On the day, Michael Penny, Austin King, and Brent Butgereit collected two hits a piece. Vince Misiewicz was credited with a no decision as he pitched seven strong innings. Misiewicz limited the Racers to one run on nine hits. Brendan Penny suffered the loss for the Saints in game one as he allowed one run on three hits during his three innings of work. Kevin Schafer had a solid pitching performance in the second game, but with the limited support was credited with the loss. Schafer struck out four and allowed two runs on five hits during his six innings pitched.
The offenses woke up on day two of the four game set as thirty runs were scored by the two teams. The Racers were victories in the first game by the count of 11-8, while the Saints salvaged a win in the series finale by the score of 6-5. After spotting the Saints five runs by the third inning, the Racers proceeded to score eight times over the next three innings. Northwestern delivered the knockout punch in the eight as they struck for three runs to break the 8-8 tie. Austin Park was credited with the win, while Aquinas' Matt Krzykwa (0-2) suffered the defeat as allowed three runs on three hits in an inning and a third of work. Michael Wood and Ryan Grigonis led the Saints offense with three hits a piece, while Nick Kissane went 2-5 with three RBI's and his third home run of the season. Allen Manyen also notched a pair of hits in the loss. The Saints secured the much needed victory late in the day on Sunday. A single down the left field line by Nick Kissane in the bottom of the eighth secured the win for Aquinas. Brendan Penny (2-2) was awarded the win as he pitched two innings in relief of Jake Ritsema, while Preston Thompson let the Saints off the hook and was credited with the loss. Kissane's bat proved to be the difference maker as he went 3-5 with three RBI's and two runs scored. Both Brent Steele and Michael Wood collected a pair of hits in the Saints victory.
The Saints will return to action on Wednesday as they travel to Alma (4-7) to battle the Scots.