By ANDRES MARTINEZ
Herald-Whig Sports Writer
The Quincy University baseball team has spent a lot of time the last few practices on their situational hitting.
In Wednesday night's 10-2 victory over Culver-Stockton College at QU-Stadium, the practice paid off.
"That's what separates winning from losing, being able to pull through in the situations," junior third baseman Peter Cunningham said. "That's how you win ballgames. We've emphasized it in practice, and it's finally paying off."
QU coach Josh Rabe said he's been waiting for the offense to support the pitching staff.
"We've pitched and played defense all year," Rabe said. "We finally situational hit. We've been working on that non-stop."
QU (19-21) got going offensively in the third inning. Kenny May, Kory Wisdom and Mitchell Broughton all reached to load the bases. Zach Knese hit a single to score May and Wisdom for a 2-0 lead. Broughton and Knese advanced into scoring position after a wild pitch, and Cunningham drove in the pair.
"We've been working really hard to just stay up the middle, stay on balls and use the whole field." Cunningham said. "We've been working really hard, because we've been struggling at that."
Sophomore Alexis Pena took advantage of the support. Pena pitched eight innings, allowing six hits and striking out five.
"We've struggled all year long," C-SC coach Kevin Kocks said. "We have a very talented ballclub, but we have a very stubborn ballclub. We've told them all year long, but stubborn ballclubs don't make adjustments. They get a result like this."
QU added to its lead in the fourth inning. Matt Marek led off with a walk, and Larry Sartin hit a double as Marek took third. Marek scored on a sacrifice fly by Nolan Rappe. Wisdom hit a single to drive in Sartin and give the Hawks a 6-0 lead.
A sacrifice fly by Marek and an RBI single by Sartin extended the lead to eight in the fifth inning. In the seventh inning, Cunningham led off with a walk. Matthew Buck followed with a two-run home run to left field to give QU a 10-0 lead.
"The pitcher got down 2-0, and just left one up, and (I) put a good swing on it and it happened to go over," Buck said. "It was kind of nice. I felt like our team did a really nice job early in the game getting some runs, and I think that kind of put the cap on it."
In the eighth inning, the Wildcats (22-23) loaded the bases with no outs. Nate Olin hit a single to drive in a run. Danny Carroll hit a sacrifice fly to right field to add the only two runs for C-SC.