Friars headed south to try to regain momentum

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By BRAD SPENCER

After rolling to a 7-0 start to begin the season, the Fenwick baseball team was looking to grab an upset or two against some top-notch Chicago Catholic League teams before heading south to Orlando, Fla., for a tournament over spring break.

But the Friars were forced to leave town on a four-game losing streak as such powerhouses as highly-ranked St. Laurence, Brother Rice and Providence proved to be a handful. Providence handed Fenwick a 10-2 loss on Saturday. The Friars scattered eight hits in the loss, seven off Zak Kutsulis, but weren't able to plate any runs. The Celtics scored four runs in the fourth off Jack Forde, who yielded seven earned runs on seven hits during his time on the mound.

Joe Patzelt, who drove in one of Fenwick's two runs with a triple in the sixth inning, took the loss. He allowed three runs - one earned - in 2 2/3 innings of work.

The Friars (7-4) struggled to score off Brother Rice pitcher Garrett O'Neil, who tossed five innings of shutout ball to help hand Fenwick a 3-2 loss on Thursday. The loss came on the heels of a 14-0 shutout by top-ranked St. Laurence. Vikings pitcher Zach Lewis tossed a no-hitter, while fanning seven and walking six in five innings.

As part of the Disney Wide World of Sports Tournament in Florida this week, the Friars are scheduled to take on teams from Maryland, Louisiana, Wisconsin and New York. Their first game back in their home state will be against Loyola on April 16th before they host St. Rita on the 18th.

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