The Purdue North Central baseball team swept Holy Cross Saturday afternoon in Westville to win the three game series. Holy Cross won the first game of the series 8-7 in 10 innings in South Bend on Friday.
In the first game senior Shane Prance shut down the Saints in a complete game 2-1 victory. Prance (2-2), who threw a no-hitter against Holy Cross last year, struck out seven and walked no one while lowering his ERA to 2.84 for the season.
The Panthers were outhit 11-5 but didn't commit an error while Holy Cross had two.
Senior Nate Hall led off the game with a towering homerun to left center to quickly give PNC a 1-0 lead. Freshman Ed Moldenhauer reached on a single and eventually scored on junior Ched Gaskin's sacrifice fly to make it 2-0 after one inning. Holy Cross pushed one across in the fifth inning for the final margin.
In game two freshman Dan Snyder (2-0) earned the victory by giving up four runs (3 in the fifth) on seven hits and a walk while punching out six in 4.2 innings. Junior Mike Bradley came on and gave up three runs on three hits while picking up one strikeout. Freshman Cody Jansen came on for the final five outs and allowed one run in 1.2 innings on three hits while recording four strikeouts.
The Panther bats were mighty throughout as they jumped out to a 6-1 lead through four innings after scoring three runs apiece each in the third and fourth innings. PNC responded with seven more runs in the bottom half to make it 13-4. Both teams added four runs apiece in the sixth for the difference.
PNC outhit Holy Cross 19-13 and both teams committed just one error.
Hall (3B, 4 runs, 2 RBI, SB, BB), Moldenhauer (2B, 3 runs, 2 RBI) and Gaskin (2 RBI) all had three hits for the Panthers. Senior Jeff Strbjak (2B, RBI, BB) and juniors Brad Dubouis (run, HBP) and Brian Maurek (3 runs, RBI) added two hits apiece.
Freshman Cody Jansen sparked the Panthers with his first career homerun and added two runs and a walk. Wes Rettinger had a key pinch-hit three-run single to break open the game in the fifth. Sophomores Colin Willis (2 RBI, run, HBP) and Kevin Gates (RBI) also contributed for the Panthers.
PNC (8-11 overall and 2-1 in the CCAC) host Goshen College tomorrow at noon in a non-conference doubleheader.