Krebs clinches National Tournament win for Fighting Saints

Krebs clinches National Tournament win for Fighting Saints

College of St. Joseph continues to advance through the Small College World Series after defeating the sixth-seeded Penn State DuBois 3-2 on May 16 at East Field in Glens Falls, N.Y. 

Penn State opened the game strong, scoring in the top of the first inning. Lance Pennington walked and advanced to third on a single by Talon Falls. USCAA All-American Brandon Gettig singled to knock in the run. 

The Fighting Saints came out swinging in the bottom of the first with the help of John Loschiavo and Tyler Kunzmann. Loschiavo led off the inning with a single before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt. Kunzmann drove him in with an RBI single. 

Derek Edge led off the bottom of the second inning by reaching first on a rough hopper to the shortstop, which was ruled an error. Nick Rodriguez bunted on the next play, making it to first on an error by the first baseman, landing runners on first and second. Loschiavo came up to bunt again, reaching second on an errant throw by the pitcher, scoring both runs. The Saints would end the game with the three runs. 

Penn State DuBois struggled to come back, pulling in just one run in the top of the fourth inning by Jakob Felix. The Nittany Lions had runners in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, but were unable to produce another run, giving the defending National Champions a trip to the winner's bracket semifinals on Wednesday. 

The Saints were led by the stellar play of senior Russ Krebs, who pitched 6 and 1/3 inning, allowing just one earned run, striking out five, and walking two batters. Ben Brown came in relief. Catcher Mauricio Rondon was perfect in throwing out Lions attempting to steal in the game. 

CSJ will face the 2015 USCAA National Champions Apprentice School Wednesday at 2 p.m. Penn State DuBois moves to the elimination bracket to face Cleary University at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.