CSJ falls short in Florida

CSJ falls short in Florida

College of St. Joseph's baseball team fell twice in a doubleheader at Webber International University in Palm Springs, Fla. on Tuesday, February 19. Game one resulted in a 13-4 victory for the Warriors. Webber won the second game 14-0.

The Fighting Saints recorded four hits in game one. After going down two runs in the first inning, Teddy Mercado's first at bat in Florida resulted in a double that down the right field line. Jason Albert drew a walk to reach base, but both Saints were left on base as Warriors pitcher Marcus Pritchard recorded three strikeouts on the inning.

Webber then capitalized on their turn at the plate to go ahead 4-0. Quirino Esquivel scored on a passed ball and Garrett Martin recorded a run off a fielder's choice.

CSJ's Matthew Santiago opened the third frame with a single. The next batter for the Saints fouled out. A ground out by Kyle Gould sent Santiago to second, but Pritchard then notched another strikeout to cap CSJ's turn at the inning.

Webber went on to score two more runs in the bottom of the third, both unearned, to go up 6-0. CSJ went hitless in the fourth inning while Webber had the opposite luck, recording four hits and four runs - including a homer by Willie Carter.

In the fifth frame, the Fighting Saints' offense came alive. William Leino hit singled to right field. With Leino on first base, freshman Tristen Ciarlo walked, as did Kyle Gould. With the bases loaded, Jeremy Johnson was walked, sending Leino home for CSJ's first run of the game. When Mercado was hit by a pitch in the next at bat, Ciarlo advanced to home to bring the game to 10-2. CSJ's Lincoln Pritchard and Albert were hit by a pitch and walked, respectively, to allow Gould and Johnson to record runs.

The Warriors added two more runs to their total in the bottom of the fifth, and one in the sixth to cap the game at 13-4. CSJ's Pritchard had a single in the final inning.

Justin Holmberg started on the mound for the Fighting Saints. He threw four innings and conceded 8 hits, 10 runs. Jason Albert stepped to the mound in the fifth inning. He gave up one hit and two runs. Lincoln Pritchard closed the game and gave up two hits, one run.

The Warriors had 11 hits in game one, led by Esquivel with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate, two runs and an RBI. CSJ's four hits were at the hands of Mercado, Santiago, Leino and Pritchard.

Webber came away with a 14-0 victory in game two. The Warriors notched 13 hits as a team, led by Willie Carter with four.

Lincoln Pritchard and Gould accounted for the Saints' two hits. Pritchard singled up the middle of the field in the fifth frame and Gould followed suit with a similar single in the seventh inning.

Leino started on the mound for CSJ. In four innings he notched six strikeouts and conceded nine hits and nine runs. Pritchard subbed into the game and in one inning he recorded two strikeouts, while giving up just one hit and three runs. Gould closed the game and recorded one strikeout, three hits and two runs.

The Fighting Saints' final game of their trip to Florida resulted in a 12-1 loss at Keiser University on Feb. 20. CSJ had four hits by Pritchard, Ciarlo, Albert, and Joseph Ruby. Santiago recorded an RBI.

Three games at Piedmont International between Feb. 22 and 23 were cancelled due to heavy rains, cutting the Saints' spring break trip short.