Roosevelt Lakers
Baseball
Record: 6-8 Home: 0-2 Away: 5-5 Neutral: 1-1 CCAC: 2-0
Tyler Ward had two hits in each of Sunday's games, including a two-run single in the finale.
Tyler Ward had two hits in each of Sunday's games, including a two-run single in the finale.
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University of St. Francis
Roosevelt
Baseball - Sun, Mar. 19, 2017

CRESTWOOD, Ill. – The Roosevelt baseball team celebrated Opening Day at Standard Bank Stadium with a pair of seven-inning non-conference contests against CCAC foe St. Francis (Ill.) on Sunday, but the Lakers couldn't overcome the Fighting Saints to endure a pair of losses.

Roosevelt lost the opener 3-1 before falling in the nightcap by a final of 8-3.

The Lakers are now 4-8 on the year, while St. Francis improved to 15-11.

Tyler Ward had a pair of two-hit games for Roosevelt.

The teams traded first-inning runs in the opener, including a Ward RBI single that knotted the game, but St. Francis broke a late deadlock in the sixth inning on RBI singles hit by Pat Michalak and Dan Darling against Matt Dunne, who was gritty on the mound in six innings of work.

The Lakers had a pair aboard with two out and Logan Fleener at the plate, but Matt Kozlak was caught stealing on a pickoff play to first that ended the game.

The Fighting Saints scored six times in the first two innings against starter Bronson Wittkamp to put the Lakers in an early hole that would prove difficult to dig out of.

Jonah Meidl-Zahorodny drove in a run in the second and Ward plated two more in the fifth with a base hit, but Roosevelt couldn't string together enough offense to overcome the odds on this day.

Matt Garbacz tossed three innings of solid one-run relief, fanning three in the process, while Anthony Nicholas was also strong in two innings of work.

The two teams will meet again in conference action in Joliet on April 4.

Roosevelt is slated to be back in action this Wednesday, March 22 against Lakeland (Wis.) at Standard Bank Stadium. Due to forecasts of possible low temperatures that day, the twinbill may be moved to Friday, March 24. Stay tuned to RooseveltLakers.com and @RooseveltLakers and @RULakersBB on Twitter for updates.