The Crusaders were back in action this weekend, splitting their Saturday double-header against New Rochelle. Sunday did not bring the same fortune, with the Crusaders falling in both games to Ohio State Mansfield despite a strong showing of power from the Crusader offense.

Christendom entered Saturday’s games with a 1-4 record, though each loss was a close one. Defense has been the Crusaders’ downfall so far this season, and the team looked to turn that around on Saturday. Despite four errors in the field, the team played a strong game, particularly on the bases. The Crusaders stole seven bases over the course of the game, with Michael Mersch and Ian Heisler in particular shining. Stephen Buonecore earned his second win of the season, with the Crusaders winning 6-5. The second game was the same score but the opposite result, with poor defense costing the Crusaders and hurting an otherwise strong performance from the offense and from pitcher Ian Heisler.

On Sunday, Christendom faced Ohio State Mansfield for the first time and were promptly handed their first blow-out loss of the season, losing 9-2. Errors hurt the Crusaders again, though the team showed a flash of power with solo homers from Michael Mersch and Anthony Palumbo. The second game was a closer score, but errors again hurt the Crusaders. Mersch showed another offensive display, going 2-3 with a two-run homer, but the Crusaders fell 10-6.

The Crusaders will next play on Thursday against Patrick Henry College, under the lights at Bing Crosby Stadium at 5:00 p.m. For more information, please visit christendomathletics.com.

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