Strong pitching mixed with timely hitting for the Saints contributed to a weekend sweep over Eastern Gateway Community College. After winning a nail-biter in game one by a score of 6-2, the Saints bats came alive as they took games two, three, and four by scores of 11-1, 10-4, and 12-2, respectively.
In game one, freshman starting pitcher Jack Tumulty shined for the Saints from the start. The right-hander threw a complete game, scattering seven hits, while giving up two runs, both earned, and striking out 13 batters. It was his fourth outing of the year where he struck out 10 or more opposing hitters. With the win, Tumulty moves to 4-1 on the year. At the plate for the Saints, Tyler Cannon, Jason Swope, and JoVan McClatchey each tallied two hits each.
In game two, the Saints used a six-run fourth inning to take control of the game, winning the game by a score of 11-1 in five innings. Freshman Jacob Harsany got the start for the Saints throwing all five innings, giving up one run on three hits, while striking out three opposing batters to move to 4-1 on the year. Tyler Cannon hit his second homerun of the season in the second inning to get the Saints on the board early. Swope, Baranchak, and McClatchey had two hits apiece for the Saints.
In the 10-4 game three victory, the Saints used the long ball effectively to spearhead the offensive attack. Jason Swope went 2-4, with three RBIs and his third homerun of the season. Luke Baranchak provided three RBIs and his fourth homerun of the year, and Eric Fermier went 2-3 with two RBIs, and his second homerun of the year. On the mound, freshman Richard Handel got the start, throwing six innings of six hit ball, while giving up four runs, and fanning four batters. Dan Klase threw a perfect seventh inning, striking out one. With the win, Handel moves to 3-2 on the year.
In the Saturday nightcap, the Saints used a ten-run fifth inning to win 12-2 in five innings. Freshman Casey Radka got the start, throwing four innings, giving up two runs on four hits, and striking out six. Ryan Rapp threw the fifth for the Saints, allowing one hit before sending EGCC down in order. All but one Saints batter registered a hit in the game, while Aaron Pawlak and Brandon Scheidemantle each had two hits. Nicholas Petrolla tallied three RBIs in the game. With the win, Radka moves to 2-1 on the year.
With the weekend sweep, the Saints move to 21-15 (14-3 in OCCAC) on the season. They return to action this weekend as they take on Cuyahoga Community College in a four-game set scheduled for Friday and Saturday.