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Seventh inning sends St. Catharine past Bears

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – An eight-run top of the seventh inning was too much for the University of Pikeville baseball team to overcome in a 12-6 loss to St. Catharine College on Friday.

The game, which allowed the Patriots to complete the series sweep of the Bears, was played early with a 10:30 a.m. start to elude the pending rain.

St. Catharine posted a pair of runs in the third and one in the fourth to build a 3-0 lead, but the Bears rallied to take the lead in the bottom of the fifth.

The Bears loaded the bases with one out and got two in with a single to left by Brad Andrews to plate Joe Morris, who had singled, and Jason Rosen who was hit by a pitch. Pat O’Brien singled to right to deliver Adam Overbay with the tying run.

One out later, Luke Wright singled in Andrews to give the Bears the 4-3 lead.

But in the top of the sixth, the Patriots used six hits and three walks to send eight across the plate to lead 11-4. The Bears scored once in the bottom of the frame and each team posted one in the ninth.

Right fielder Nate Goodwin had three of UPIKE’s 13 hits in the loss. O’Brien doubled and singled and drove in two, while Overbay and Wright had a pair of singles. Andrews singled, scored twice and drove in a pair, while Morris, Chris Morford and Andrew Hitchcock all singled.

The Bears are scheduled to return to action on Sunday at 2 p.m. when they host Berea College at Johnnie LeMaster Field.

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