03/26/13 – The cross-town rivals split a pair of games contested on the campus of Cornerstone University. The Saints are now 11-8 in the WHAC and 20-15 overall, while the Golden Eagles record sits at 13-24 on the season and 8-14 in league play.
The two teams, who split an earlier doubleheader at Kimble Field, were both looking to gain the advantage as teams begin to jockey for postseason positioning during the last week of conference play.
The Golden Eagles used two big innings in game one to defeat the Saints 8-1. A five run second opened the flood gates as Cornerstone's opportunistic offense gave the Golden Eagles a 5-1 lead. Starting pitcher, Kevin Schafer, surrendered three more runs in the seventh to run his record to 3-2 on the year. Schafer went six and a third an allowed seven earned runs on six hits. The Saints lone run came on a RBI single in the second by Seth Holton. Holton went 3-4 on the afternoon.
The two teams played Jekyll and Hyde in game two as the Saints returned the favor 13-1. After being shutdown for the first four innings the Aquinas offense erupted for 13 runs during a two inning span. A four-run fifth followed by a nine run explosion in the sixth was more than enough cushion for starting pitcher Matt Krzykwa. The two-sport athlete went six strong; striking out five an allowing one run on one hit. Austin King and Nick Kissane both produced multi-hit games, while King, Josh Drake and Steve Crawford all recorded a pair of RBI's each.
The Saints will now prepare for the final weekend in league play. Aquinas will host Madonna on Friday at Kimble before closing the regular season with a four game set with the Saints of Siena Heights on Saturday and Sunday.