|Final - Game 2||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Calumet St. Joseph (7-43-1)||1||0||1||3||0||2||0||7||7||5|
|IU South Bend (21-24)||3||3||1||9||1||1||X||18||21||2|
|Lakeville, Ind. Newton Park|
|Calumet St. Joseph||Pitching||IU South Bend|
|Calumet St. Joseph||Indv. Stats||IU South Bend|
|2 Players (#27,#9)||Doubles||2 Players (#34,#24)|
|#44 Holbrook, Patrick||Home Runs||#12 Mangus|
|Final - Baseball||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|IU South Bend (22-24)||1||2||0||4||0||4||3||14||16||1|
|Calumet (Ind.) (7-44-1)||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||5||2|
|Whiting, Ind. Oil City Stadium|
|IU South Bend||Pitching||Calumet (Ind.)|
|IU South Bend||Indv. Stats||Calumet (Ind.)|
|4 Players||Home Runs||None|
By Nick Barango, CCSJ Sports Communications Intern
WHITING, Ind. – Bad weather extended the Crimson Wave baseball season by two days, as they played their doubleheader against IU South Bend (Ind.) on Monday before the final game of the season at Oil City Stadium on Tuesday.
South Bend earned the series sweep – winning, 5-1, and 18-7 at home before spoiling Senior Day for CCSJ with a 14-2 road victory.
A low-scoring first game in South Bend saw the Wave take the lead in the second inning when Roberto Carmona's double into right center field scored Bernie Berroa. With just one out, an Antonio Reyes single loaded the bases for the Wave, but clinical pitching caused consecutive strikeouts to end the frame.
After a Titan run leveled the score, Berroa looked to regain CCSJ's advantage when he singled and stole second base in the top of the third. However, Carmona couldn't repeat his feat from the inning before, grounding out to end the inning.
South Bend took the lead on a 2-run homer to silence the visitors, and the momentum shift hit the Wave hard – only recording one hit in the rest of the game.
Sebastian Caballero led the team with five putouts from second base.
The second contest saw a spike in scoring for both sides, and it began in the top of the first when the Wave took a 1-0 lead when Berroa's lead-off single led to a Patrick Holbrook SAC fly.
The Titans, keen to stamp their authority, scored six unanswered runs in their first two frames to take a commanding early advantage.
Berroa responded by breaking down South Bend's defense again, doubling to left field and stealing third before scoring off a Justin Rohrs groundout. Entering the top of the fourth down 7-2, Holbrook lashed a lead-off solo home run to spark a three-run display for CCSJ.
Carmona's 2-RBI single later in the inning scored both Kevin Arviso and Caballero to cut the deficit to 7-5.
All the hard work was undone not long after, as the home side bombarded the Wave with a nine-run, 10-hit inning to effectively confirm the win.
Berroa's strong day continued in the top of the sixth when his single to left center earned the Wave two runs. He finished the day batting 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Holbrook and Carmona also recorded a pair of RBIs in the defeat.
The squads met again at Oil City Stadium in the season finale on Tuesday night. The Wave, honoring nine seniors, didn't start the brightest when they conceded the lead in the top of the first.
It wasn't long before they found themselves in front, however.
With loaded bases, Rohrs' SAC fly scored Berroa, who continued to torment South Bend in the series. Arviso then singled to score Caballero for the lead.
Unfortunately, the fast start faded quickly, as the Titans regained the lead in the top of the second by adding a pair 2-run homers in the fourth and two SAC flies in the sixth.
Trailing 11-2 in the bottom of the sixth, singles from Dominic Hartman and Holbrook were followed by a Rohrs walk to load the bases for CCSJ with no outs.
No runs came across as Arviso hit an infield fly and strikeouts from Carmona and pinch-hitter TJ Thomas followed.
South Bend used the opportunity to extend its lead beyond ten runs in the seventh, ending the game early when the Wave failed to close the gap.
Arviso recorded a team-high five putouts from center field in the loss.
The trio of dropped outings means that CCSJ baseball concludes the 2017 season with a record of 7-44-1 and 2-25 in conference action.
Although it will be a while until the team returns to the field, preparations towards an improved 2018 year have already begun.
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