“You gotta hit the ball to win,” Mulholland said, a point that was made by both offenses on the night.
Game 2 started out in much more decisive fashion as Lisbon got out to a quick 4-0 lead, batting around in the inning. The big blow came on a two-run single from Ryan Kortemeyer, who himself later scored on a wild pitch. The Lions had as many walks as hits in the four-run inning.
Prince of Peace threatened in the top of the second when Nic Roth hit a towering one-out double to the left-field corner and was moved up 90 feet on a single to left from Andre Drury. That was where the threat ended. Colton Krob got both Moeller and Michael Peters swinging to end the threat. That was the last of the offense for the Irish as they were set down 1-2-3 the rest of the game.
“We just didn’t hit the ball. Anytime you don’t hit the ball you’re not going to win the game. They had good pitchers and that hurt us at the plate,” Mulholland said.
Lisbon (13-2, 4-0 Big East) tacked on a lone run in the second inning and five more in the fourth for the 10-0 lead. The fourth inning was especially painful for the Irish because they issued seven walks while not allowing a hit. The seven walks put the Game 2 total at 11 and the day’s total at 24.
“Sometimes, we just don’t hit the strike zone; if it’s not over the plate they’re not gonna get the call,” Mulholland said. “We have to work on that. We just have to get better at making them swing the bat.”
They will have a few days to work on hitting the strike zone and hitting the ball as their next scheduled contest is Thursday at Midland.