Holy Cross went through the first half of the Catholic League schedule unscathed.
Jesuit pitcher Jack Burk made sure that came to an end Friday night.
The senior right-hander gave up just two hits and struck out five in five innings to help propel Jesuit to a 7-0 victory over Holy Cross at John Ryan Stadium.
“This was a big game for us because we are trying to get back into the district race,” Burk said. “I think this win helps us a lot.”
Burk (5-0) retired eight straight batters during one stretch.
“I was just throwing strikes and letting my defense play behind me,” Burk said.
It was the first game in a week for both teams because of all the rain that hit the area this week.
The Blue Jays (20-7, 5-2) showed no signs of being rusty from the layoff.
Holy Cross (18-10, 5-1) did.
“I’ll start off by saying we’re still in first place,” Holy Cross coach Greg Battistella said. “After playing one game in the last 14 days, we looked like it. We didn’t have a lot of continuity at the plate. But you can’t take anything away from their pitcher.
“That’s not Burk’s first shutout. He’s good.”
Holy Cross starting pitcher Christian Clayton worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the second inning to keep it scoreless.
The third inning wasn’t quite as kind to Clayton.
Brandon Briuglio led off the third with a triple to right and was driven in by a Ben Hess single to give Jesuit a 1-0 lead.
Clayton then walked the next two batters — his fourth and fifth walks of the game — before being replaced by Alfonso Aguilar.
Stephen Sepcich then delivered a bases-loaded RBI single to right and Harrison Daste was hit by a pitch to give the Blue Jays a 3-0 lead.
The damage could have been worse, but Aguilar got out of the inning with a 1-2-3 double play.
But Jesuit piled on four more runs in the fourth, highlighted by a two-run double by Dan Edmund and a two-run single by Sepcich.
Jesuit coach Joey Latino had to leave the third base box and remained in the dugout for the rest of the game after the Edmund double after blacking out.
“He got a little dizzy and blacked out,” Jesuit Athletic Director Dave Moreau said after the game.
Latino wasn’t available for comment after the game, but appeared to be fine when addressing his team. He was going to the hospital after the game to be checked on, Moreau said.
Sepcich, a sophomore, went 2 for 3 with the RBIs.
“We had a tough loss to them last time, but we rallied back and did what we needed to do,” Sepcich said.
Holy Cross beat Jesuit 8-6 in the first meeting between the two schools.
Jesuit made three errors, hit three batters, had a wild pitch, a passed ball and a balk in that one.
But the Blue Jays were nearly flawless this time around, out-hitting the Tigers 11-3.
Grant Schultz had two hits, while Cole Naleznik and Wes Robinson had the other for the Tigers (18-10, 5-1).
Holy Cross walked eight batters.
Logan Horning threw the final two innings for the Blue Jays and had four strikeouts.
Holy Cross will play Shaw at 2 p.m. Saturday at John Ryan Stadium, the second of a three games in three days stretch.
The Tigers play St. Augustine at 4 p.m. Sunday.