College of St. Joseph's baseball team was tasked with National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' #6 team William Carey University on Tuesday, Feb. 20 and fell 13-6.
In the first inning, CSJ's John Loschiavo and Jedion Cras each reached first on a walk. Brian Quezada loaded the bases when he bunted and reached on a base hit. A grounder by Petar Rumora resulted in a double play by the Crusaders, but Loschiavo managed to score on the batted ball. Trailing 1-0, William Carey came out strong on their home field and scored four runs to close the first inning.
The Fighting Saints were unable to tally a hit in the top of the second, but William Carey received hits from Marcus Buckley and Caleb Ledet, who each ended up rounding the bases to score for the Crusaders. In the third inning, a long single by Cras sent Loschiavo (who was walked to reach base) home for a score. Rumora hit a double deep into left-center field, but CSJ's next batter hit a pop fly to send the Saints back to the dugout with Rumora left on-base.
With the game still within reach at 6-2, William Carey recorded three runs in the bottom of the third to push their advantage to 9-2. Pena recorded a single in the top of the fourth, but the inning ended scoreless for the Saints. WCU's Lucas Scott scored a run in the bottom of the fourth after stealing second and reaching home on a Ryan Amerson single.
After both players were walked to get on base, Kyle Gould and Loschiavo scored for the Saints in the top of the fifth inning when Cras grounded out. WCU's David Pimentel's attempt to throw Loschiavo out at third went astray, and Pimentel recorded an error while allowing Loschiavo to score and bring the game within six runs, 10-4.
Neither team recorded a run or a hit in the sixth. WCU scored two in the bottom of the seventh inning to bring the score to 12-4. In the top of the eighth, CSJ's Jeremy Johnson came in as a pinch hitter and reached base on a walk. He advanced to second base when Benny Pena singled to the infield. Both baserunners advanced when Connor Landry stepped up to the plate and was walked. Loschiavo singled to shallow left field, allowing Johnson and Pena to cross home for the final CSJ runs, making the game 12-6. WCU notched one hit and one run in their last turn at-bat.
The Fighting Saints tallied five errors on the game to the WCU's two errors. The Crusaders tallied 13 hits and CSJ recorded eight.