PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The University of Pikeville Bears dropped both ends of a doubleheader on Thursday when they began a weekend league series early against St. Catharine College.
The Patriots won the games by scores of 7-1 and 5-2 as the teams moved their weekend series up a day due to the threat of rain.
With the sweep, St. Catharine moved to 7-3 in the Mid-South Conference and is a half-game behind 7-2 Campbellsville for the league lead. Pikeville is 7-20 overall and 1-7 against league competition.
The finale of the three-game series has been moved up to a noon start on Friday at Johnnie LeMaster Field.
Patriots 7, Bears 1: St. Catharine broke open a 1-1 tie with one in the third and put the game away with a three-run fifth.
The Bears had eight hits in the game, with senior Jason Rosen lacing two of them and driving in the only run with a single to left to plate pinch-runner Tyler Fendley. Luke Wright, who doubled for the Bears’ only extra-base hit, and Pat O’Brien also had a pair of hits each. Adam Overbay and Brad Andrews added singles.
Senior David Bishop pitched into the fifth, allowing five earned runs while striking out five and walking four. Jimmy Joe Morgan pitched the final 4-2/3, scattering four hits and allowing two runs, one of which was earned.
Patriots 5, Bears 2: Pikeville trailed 4-0 before scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth and had two runners called out at home in very close calls in the sixth.
Rosen again played a key role in the rally. A single to right scored Chris Noble, who led off with a base hit, and when the ball was misplayed in the outfield Fendley scored from first to make it 4-2.
In the sixth, Andrews and O’Brien both reached on errors. With one out, O’Brien stole second. The throw was cut short by the second baseman who fired to the plate where Andrews was called out. Noble followed with a single, but the inning ended when O’Brien was called out at home.
St. Catharine added an insurance run in the top of the seventh.
Pikeville had six singles in the loss, with Noble, Morford and Rosen having two each. Mike Rappazzo went the first six on the mound for the Bears, striking out five and allowing all five runs, three of which were earned.
St. Catharine got a complete-game performance from Timothy Reed, who struck out seven.