Saints ranked #2 after NHTI sweep

Saints ranked #2 after NHTI sweep

College of St. Joseph's baseball team has moved into second place in the Yankee Small College Conference (YSCC) standings after defeating New Hampshire Technical Institute 6-0 and 7-6 on Sunday, April 28. Official playoffs seeds for this weekend's YSCC Playoff Tournament will be announced later this week.

The Fighting Saints have a 6-2 in-conference record. The only team to post a better record is Southern Maine Community College (SMCC), who is in first place with at 5-1 in YSCC play. CSJ was scheduled to take on the Seawolves on April 15 but the game was postponed due to weather and has yet to be played. The results of that match-up will determine who takes the regular season YSCC championship.

CSJ has performed well against conference teams since the start of the fall season in September. They first took down NHTI 5-0 and 15-4, before defeating Central Maine Community College the following weekend 11-3 and 12-1. After two losses to non-conference powerhouse Fisher College, the Fighting Saints finished their fall ball season with two 4-1 wins over SMCC and a 10-2 win over Great Bay Community College (GBCC).

The first YSCC game of the spring season was on the Saturday, March 30, on a cold afternoon where SMCC redeemed themselves after losing to CSJ in the fall. They took a 6-0 win on their home field in South Portland. The Seawolves amassed 12 team hits and kept CSJ to 4 team hits. Read a full recap of the 9-inning game here.

The Fighting Saints got back on the winning track in their next game on April 6, when they took down Great Bay 3-2 in Portsmouth, N.H. CSJ scored in the first and second innings to take a 2-0 lead, and managed to keep an advantage throughout the 9-inning contest. Justin Holmberg had 11 strikeouts in 7 innings of work on the mound for the win. Lincoln Pritchard threw the last two innings to earn the save. Read a full recap here.

That same week, on April 10, the Saints took an 8-2 loss at NHTI. The Lynx came into the game aggressively, scoring 3 runs in the first inning. CSJ cut their deficit to 3-1 in the third inning, but NHTI answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning. They went on to record two runs in both the fourth and sixth innings to extend their lead. NHTI connected on 7 hits, while CSJ recorded 4 from 4 different players. Tristen Ciarlo, Mathew Santiago, Jeremy Johnson and Lincoln Pritchard connected for the Saints. Read a full recap here.

The April 10 game at NHTI would prove to be the last loss the Saints would give up in conference play. That Friday, CSJ traveled to Maine and defeated Central Maine 6-4. Johnson pitched his first collegiate win. The Saints then hosted the Mustangs on Saturday, April 13 and won 4-1 and 10-3. Read a full recap of the three-win weekend here.

On Sunday, April 28, CSJ earned redemption with two wins over NHTI. The first contest, a 6-0 victory for the Saints, saw big hits by Johnson, Jason Albert, Teddy Mercado and Kyle Gould. The second contest of the day was more of a battle, with CSJ taking an early lead before finding themselves trailing by two runs for several innings. The Fighting Saints stayed in the game, tying the contest in their last chance at the plate. With the bases loaded, NHTI pitcher James Cardello recorded a strikeout with the bases loaded for the second out of the inning. Johnson stepped up to the plate for CSJ and battled to stay alive with a full count before being walked to force the game-winning run. 

View the current YSCC standings here. CSJ plays their last home game of the year this Wednesday, May 1 against Pine Manor College at 3pm. Kyle Gould, Lincoln Pritchard, Teddy Mercado and CSJ softball players Katie Jenkins and Sierra Jaeger will be honored on Senior Day.