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Loyola Thumps St. Francis Varsity Baseball Twice

May 05, 2005

Last week wasn't a memorable one for the St. Francis varsity baseball team as Los Angeles Loyola won both Mission League games.

The host Cubs mauled the Golden Knights, 8-5, on April 26 and then knocked them around against at home, 11-4, last Thursday.

St. Francis fell to 11-10 overall and to 3-5 in league. The Golden Knights hosted Encino Crespi at home on Tuesday, but results were not available at press time.


St. Francis will face Crespi again tomorrow (Friday) at L.A. Valley College in a league game at 3:45 p.m. The Golden Knights will also host Sherman Oaks Notre Dame next Tuesday and will visit the Knights next Thursday in 3:45 p.m. league contests.

In the Thursday contest, Loyola scored single runs in the first and second innings and three runs in the top of the third before the Golden Knights could respond with a run.

The Cubs scored two runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings while St. Francis could only come up with three more runs in the fourth inning.

Four Golden Knights' pitchers performed in the contest, beginning with Luke Collis who started and went two-and-one third innings before being relieved by Andrew Sember. Collis, who took the loss to fall to 2-3, gave up five runs, seven hits and walked one.

Sember lasted one inning. He allowed two runs, four hits, walked two and struck out before being relieved by Brian Bistagne who pitched the next two-and-two-thirds innings. He gave up four runs (three were earned), six hits and struck out one.

Reed Leonard came in to pitch the final inning for St. Francis. He allowed one hit and struck out two.

The Golden Knights hit up Cubs' starter Kevin Glass for 13 hits, but he still managed to stay in the game and record his ninth victory. Joe DePinto paced St. Francis by going 3-for-four with a run scored. Collecting two hits each were teammates Brian Farris, Taylor Smale and Andy Marquardt who also knocked in two runs.

In the first game, St. Francis scored a run in the top of the second inning, but Loyola came back to tie the contest, 1-1, in the bottom half of the frame.

The Golden Knights went ahead, 2-1, in the third inning, but the Cubs responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning to jump ahead, 4-2, and stay there.

Loyola added two runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings. St. Francis finished out its scoring with three runs in the top of the seventh inning.

Christian Bergman started for the Golden Knights and was relieved by Leonard in the fifth inning. Bergman suffered the loss to drop to 3-3.

Among the 10 hits by St. Francis were doubles by Bergman and Bistagne. Evan Simonitsch led the Golden Knights with three hits. Teammate DePinto contributed two and Smale batted in three runs.

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