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Saints Doubled Up at Fifth Third Ballpark

04/17/2013 – The baseball team dropped a pair of games to the Flying Dutch of Hope College at the home of the West Michigan Whitecaps. The victories improved Hope's record to 17-10 on the season, while the Saints fell to 19-11 overall.

The Flying Dutch put up single runs in the first, third, fifth and sixth of game number one. Aquinas' starting pitcher, Matt Krzykwa, allowed three runs on five hits
and gave up five free passes. Hope countered with Alex Luke, who was credited with his first win of the season. Luke scattered nine hits and gave up two runs in five innings of work. The Saints scores came way of RBI singles off the bats of Taylor Pawlanta and Austin King during the fourth and fifth innings. The Flying Dutch won the front half of the twinbill 4-2.

Trailing 2-0 in the top of the third of game number two, the Saints bats came alive and scored three runs on four hits. Run producing singles by Colin Brand, Kyle Orlowski and Seth Holton enabled Aquinas to take a 3-2 lead. The Flying Dutch quickly responded by logging three more runs in the bottom of the third. A pair of singles and four walks keyed the comeback by Hope. The Saints starter, Tyler Fuits, was chased off the mound in the third as he surrendered five runs, five hits and five walks in two and two thirds. The combination of Drake and Cole kept Hope's bats at bay the rest of the way, but the damage had already been down. The Saints could only muster one hit in the final four innings and fell in game two 6-3. Brand paced the Saints offense with two hits, one run scored and one RBI.

The Flying Dutch put up single runs in the first, third, fifth and sixth of game number two. Aquinas' starting pitcher, Matt Krzykwa, allowed three runs on five hits and gave up five free passes. Hope countered with Alex Luke, who was credited with his first win of the season. Luke scattered nine hits and gave up two runs in five innings of work. The Saints scores came way of RBI singles off the bats of Taylor Pawlanta and Austin King during the fourth and fifth innings. Allen Manyen collected a pair of hits in game two.

The Saints will return to action today as they travel to Olivet (13-10) to battle the Comets in a single game.


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