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Tigers' pitching does in TC

When Jesuit faced archrival Tampa Catholic earlier this month, the Tigers needed eight innings to get the win.

Saturday, the Tigers wrapped it up much sooner.

Jesuit held a 5-0 lead after 2{ innings and was never seriously threatened, finishing off the Crusaders 7-3.

"We wanted to get an early lead and keep on scoring runs," Jesuit coach John Crumbley said. "But their pitcher was able to get out of some situations."

Like in the first inning when TC starter Paul Regan (1-3) escaped with the bases loaded. Unfortunately for Regan, that was after he was tagged for five hits and three runs for an early Jesuit (12-2) advantage.

From there the Tigers' offense was steady, scoring a run in the second, third, fourth and sixth innings.

Tampa Catholic (6-4), meanwhile, spent the day in handcuffs and managed just two hits, both coming in the third off starter Geoff Goetz.

Goetz did not allow a ball out of the infield until Gary Garbelman doubled to center with one out in the third. He scored on an opposite-field single by Kenny Kelly. That, coupled with a run scored earlier in the inning on an RBI groundout, cut the Jesuit lead to 5-2.

With a man on, Goetz left in the fourth with a blister on his drag foot. The injury is not thought to be serious.

His replacement, sophomore Ryan Gloger, allowed that runner to score, but was untouchable after that. Just one Tampa Catholic batter reached base in the last three innings, and that was on an error. Although Goetz (5-2) got the win, it was Gloger (4 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 7 K) who was Jesuit's most effective pitcher.

"I was pretty sure that I'd be the first one out of the bullpen today," said Gloger, who carries a 3-0 record on the season. "I had to come in a bit earlier than I thought I would, but I'm always mentally prepared."