Vic McDowell, The Circuit
It was the same story for Benedictine and head coach Anthony Everman.
Benedictine is coming off a tough stretch, winning three of its last nine games.
“We had nine walks and three errors. It’s kind of a similar story. You’re giving them 12 extra at-bats and more opportunities to cause damage,” said Everman. “You score 13 runs offensively, you feel that should be sufficient, if you handle the ball on the mound and in the field. We put more pressure on our bullpen.”
The Ravens squandered a comfortable seven-run lead Saturday in a non-conference loss to Saint Mary at Laughlin Field.
Freshman Trevor Alpert, making his first career start, made short work of the Spires lineup only allowing one hit through three scoreless innings.
But Saint Mary’s (13-26, KCAC 8-12) offense found its rhythm in the fourth inning.
Four straight singles with two outs led to two runs.
The Ravens (14-22, 6-8 Heart) answered with four runs of their own.
Senior Paul Heit hit a RBI double to deep left-center scoring sophomore Matthew Jarecki from first. Senior CJ Kinney reached on an error, allowing Heit to cross home on the throw. Junior Logan Elliott’s singled to shallow right, scoring senior Chris Johnson.
Sophmore Logan Finley drove in Kinney to give the Ravens a 9-2 lead, heading into the fifth inning.
Saint Mary’s Coach Rob Miller replaced most of the Spires lineup in the fourth, jump-starting the offense. Tony Arrellano III’s RBI double in the fifth cut the Raven lead to 9-3.
After a strong start, Alpert struggled in the sixth.
Alpert walked his third batter to load the bases. A passed ball allowed a runner to score from third. A fielder’s choice ended Alpert’s afternoon with the Ravens leading 9-5 with two outs. Freshman Zach Hammond replaced Alpert. Hammond allowed two more runs to score before escaping the sixth.
Hammond walked the bases loaded to start the seventh and was quickly replaced by junior Casey Splane.
Saint Mary’s tied the game 9-9 thanks to a RBI double from Jeremy Melvin. The Ravens had an opportunity to end the inning, but Elliott misplayed a groundball bringing up Arelanno who tripled to clear the bases.
It was the Spires first lead of the afternoon
Arellano scored as Jarecki gunned out a greedy runner trying to leg a single into a double.
Jarecki came up clutch with a needed RBI double to deep left, scoring junior Austin Windsor.
Kinney followed with an RBI double, bringing Jarecki home. Heit scored after Kinney’s head first dive into second base dislodged the ball from the tagging Arellano’s glove. Elliott followed with a triple to deep center field to tie the game at 13.
Junior Ross Jacobs replaced Splane in the eighth, quickly retiring the side in his first action this season.
Jacobs returned for the ninth, giving up the game winning run on a Burrola single.
The Ravens went down in order in the bottom of the ninth for their 22nd loss of the season.
Raven baseball is back home for a four-game series with Avila starting at 1 p.m. today.