Brett Vasquez sets strikeout record as Saints baseball takes series against Louisiana Christian
The baseball team won two of three games against Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) opponent Louisiana Christian University (LCU) this weekend. The Saints are now 9-15 overall and 6-6 in conference. The Wildcats drop to 15-6 overall and 9-3 in the RRAC.
This was the first meeting between both programs.
Game One, 3-8
The Saints used a strong seventh-inning surge to take game one. LCU opened the scoring in the third inning with three runs on four hits. The Saints responded in the following inning when Matthew Klar (JR/San Antonio, Texas) scored because of an error, and Tyler Vivier (SO/San Antonio, Texas) doubled to score two runs. The game remained tied until the bottom of the seventh inning. Brandon Betancourt (FR/San Antonio, Texas) broke the tie with a double to left field that scored Jacob Montejano (JR/San Antonio, Texas). Vivier and Christian Martinez (FR/Corpus Christi, Texas) also picked up RBIs as part of a five-run frame. The Saints held the Wildcats scoreless in the final two innings and won 8-3, backed by nine hits.
Saints starting pitcher Brett Vasquez (JR/Baytown, Texas) struck out 15 batters in eight innings of work – the most of his career in a single game. He threw 109 pitches and allowed only five hits. Layne Klostermann (JR/Raymondville, Texas) closed the game for OLLU. Jacob Mitchell (SR/Harker Heights, Texas) and Vivier batted 2-for-3. Vivier also added five RBIs.
Game Two, 6-2
OLLU totaled eight hits in game two but only plated two runs. The Wildcats scored one run in the first, third and fifth inning to lead 3-0. The Saints cut the lead to one after scoring two in the bottom of the fifth inning. Jonathan LaCourse (SO/San Antonio, Texas) doubled to left field to bring in Vivier, and Noah Rodriguez (JR/Victoria, Texas) singled to score Sebastian Ledezma (FR/Los Fresnos, Texas). The Wildcats grew the advantage to two runs after a passed ball scored Nick Brunet in the sixth inning. LCU added two more runs in the seventh inning to win 6-2.
Trey Ramirez III (SR/Donna, Texas) started on the mound for the Saints and allowed four earned runs in 5.1 innings. Mitchell was the only Saint with a multi-hit game.
Game Three, 9-5
The Saints closed the series strong with nine runs on eight hits. They scored six runs in the second inning to lead 6-1, with four players recording at least one RBI. The Wildcats slowly cut the deficit to 6-4 after plating one run in the fifth inning and two in the sixth inning. The Saints scored one run in the sixth, seventh and eighth inning to eventually win 9-5. The Saints used five pitchers who totaled 14 strikeouts.
Klar and Martinez drove in two runs each. Mitchell finished game three with two doubles.
The Saints welcome Stevens Institute of Technology for a doubleheader on Tuesday starting at 1 p.m.