College of St. Joseph's baseball team traveled to Auburn, Maine for a doubleheader against Central Maine Community College (CMCC) and won 11-3 and 12-1. The two victories give CSJ a 4-0 record in the Fall Ball season.
In game one, Justin Holmberg earned the 11-3 win on the mound for CSJ. He threw 12 strikeouts and gave up just two hits and three runs in seven innings of play.
The Fighting Saints went ahead 2-0 after the first two innings. Neither team scored in the third frame. In the fourth, a double by Mathew Santiago drove scored both Benny Pena and Leanard Charles-Titus to put CSJ ahead 4-0. The Mustangs responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning.
The fifth frame saw Teddy Mercado triple to right field, sending Hector Castillo-Nunez across home plate. Kyle Gould recorded an RBI off a sacrifice fly in the next at bat, scoring Mercado and putting the Saints up 6-1.
CMCC scored two in the bottom of the sixth to make it a 6-3 contest. With the threat of a Mustang comeback looming, the Fighting Saints went off for five runs and three hits in the top of the seventh inning to seal the victory for CSJ. Santiago and Tristen Ciarlo each recorded doubles in the final frame.
Santiago finished 3-for-3 at the plate for the Fighting Saints and led with four RBI. Ciarlo notched two hits, two runs and an RBI and Gould also drove in two runs.
CSJ carried their end-of-game momentum into the second contest of the day, scoring six runs in the first inning of game two for an early 6-0 lead.
After the first two batters in the line-up struck out, CSJ received hits from Pena (a double), Gould, Jason Albert and Santiago. Mercado walked to reach base and was hit home by Gould. Albert earned two RBI on his hit as Jeremy Johnson (who was walked) and Pena scored on the play. Gould would end up scoring on a wild pitch and both Albert and William Leino scored on Santiago's single.
The Saints tallied one run in both the second and third innings and two runs in the fourth and fifth frames.
CMCC's lone run came in the bottom of the fourth inning. The game ended after five innings. Leino tossed six strikeouts in the 12-1 victory and allowed three hits in five innings of play.
The Fighting Saints play next on Sunday, Sept. 23 at home against Fisher College at 1pm.