Lewis goes five to secure Saints' win
St. Thomas' seven-game win streak snapped
DULUTH, Minn. – Matt Lewis came in relief of starter Kyle Jensen in the top of the fifth and allowed just two hits in five innings of work as ninth-ranked St. Scholastica (23-4) extended its win streak to nine games by outlasting St. Thomas, 4-2.
Jensen got two quick outs to begin the game, but back-to-back doubles by JD Dorgan and Drew Cremisino gave St. Thomas (15-14) a 1-0 lead. The Saints responded in the bottom half with Kyle Flagstad's one-out triple. He then scored on a wild pitch. After a Joe Link single and a Kyle Moody hit by a pitch, the Saints executed a double-steal to put runners at second and third--Link's 31st stolen base of the season. Link would come home on a Brandon Peterson sacrifice fly to make it 2-1 after one.
St. Thomas, which saw its seven-game win streak come to an end, quickly tied the game in the top of the second on a Justin Novak groundout. It remained tied until the bottom of the fourth when, with two outs, Brian Marshik and Flagstad each picked up RBI singles to plate two runs and make it 4-2.
The Tommies were able to get runners on third base in the sixth and seventh innings, but Lewis did not allow any damage. He induced a J.B. Korte groundout in the sixth and struck out Tim Kuzniar looking in the seventh. Lewis then sat the Tommies down in order in the eighth and ninth to earn the victory.
Lewis struck out four and walked one to improve to 7-0 on the year. John Licht picked up the loss for the Tommies, allowing all four runs in 6.1 innings.
Link was 3-for-4 to lead the Saints at the plate.
This was the second match-up of the season between the schools. St. Scholastica defeated St. Thomas, 10-6, in the season-opener on March 6.
Cremisino and Tim Kahle each had two of St. Thomas' six hits.