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 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.
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.