03/28/2013 – The baseball team spoiled the grand opening of Davenport University baseball complex by splitting a pair of games with the Panthers. The Saints improved to 11-5 overall and to 4-1 in the WHAC, while the Panthers record now sits at 12-7 overall and 1-1 in league play.
The duo of Vince Misiewicz and Tyler Cole played a starring role for the Saints in game one. Misiewicz, a senior from Anchor Bay, pitched seven strong innings allowing only one run on six hits. Cole provided the relief keeping Davenport scoreless over the last two innings. Misiewicz improved to 3-1 overall in the 6-1 victory. The Saints offense was keyed primarily by the middle of the order. Josh Drake went 3 for 5 with three RBI's and two doubles, while Kyle Orlowski collected two hits and drove in three. The victory kept the Saints perfect in the league with the back half of the doubleheader yet to be played.
The second game played at the new Farmers Athletic Complex saw the Saints jump out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning on a two run triple by Steve Crawford. The lead was short lived as the Davenport bats came alive in the bottom half of the inning as the Panthers collected six hits and four runs. Davenport increased the lead to 9-2 over the next two innings and sent starter Brendan Penny (2-2) to the dugout. Panthers pitcher, Danny Sullivan, kept the Saints guessing and recorded seven strikeouts in his six innings of work. KJ Hartger added a two-run double in the seventh to bring the Saints within six, but too little too late as the Panthers would even the series at one a pieces with the 10-4 victory. Allen Manyen went 3 for 3 on the day and scored a pair of runs for the Saints.
Aquinas will return to action on Friday when they begin a four game set with the Concordia Cardinals (4-15, 3-5 WHAC) in Ann Arbor.