SPRINGFIELD, Ky. – UVa-Wise ended St. Catharine College’s 14 game winning streak with a 5-2 victory in game one of Sunday’s double header before the Patriots claimed a 3-0 victory in the finale. The win by St. Catharine allowed Head Coach Luther Bramlett’s club to win the series two games to one; the Patriots won the series opener 10-9.
The Cavaliers (5-10, 2-4 MSC) scored four runs in the first three innings of Sunday’s first game. Tommy Meier started the scoring for the visitors as he belted a solo homerun over the centerfield wall in the first inning. An inning later, Steven Klaiber lined an RBI single to score Kirk Jennings who reached base via a single. In the third inning, Meier would collect his second RBI of the game with a run-scoring single and Tyler Hutson added a second run in the inning with an RBI sacrifice fly.
St. Catharine (15-7, 2-1) would reach the scoreboard in the fifth inning as Jeremy Turpin led off the frame with a double and later scored on an RBI single by Carlos Hernandez. One frame later, Tyler Mischel would cut the UVa-Wise deficit to two on a solo homerun that cleared the right field wall. Cavalier starter Mat Irish would finish his start by not allowing another run in the frame. The freshman right hander tossed six innings, striking out seven, allowing two runs on five hits.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Cavs would regain its three-run advantage on a solo homerun by Kirk Jennings that was just out of the reach of the centerfielder Hernandez. Travis Weaver would come out of the UVa-Wise bullpen in relief and quickly find himself in a jam. Weaver surrendered a walk before allowing two singles that appeared to score a run. Following the apparent run-scoring single, Jacob Huff came in to replace Weaver. Prior to Huff’s first pitch, UVa-Wise appealed that the St. Catharine base runner did not touch third base en route to home plate. The umpires agreed, and ruled Lamont Calloway out on the play. Huff would then toss 2.1 innings of scoreless baseball, allowing a single hit, while striking out one in collecting his second save of the season. Irish earned the victory improving to 2-1 while the Patriots’ Dylan Shoffner was handed his first loss of the season after allowing five runs in six innings of work. Shoffner is now 3-1.
Game two of the day was the rubber match of the series and St. Catharine starter Bruce Tolliver was up to the task. Tolliver hurled a complete game, five-hit, shutout to improve to 2-2 on the year. Joey Andrada, Joel Cooper, and Hernandez each had RBI hits in the win for the Patriots. The only Cav to have more than one hit was second baseman Chaz Hall who finished the game 2-3. Senior right hander Justin Wilson suffered the loss for UVa-Wise despite throwing a complete game. Wilson allowed three runs on six hits while striking out five as his record dropped to 1-1 on the year.
Head Coach Hank Banner’s Cavs will return to action on Wednesday when the team travels to #1 Tennessee Wesleyan for a single nine inning matchup.