May 26, 2007

LE MOYNE EARNS PROGRAMS FOURTH MAAC CHAMPIONSHIP BY DEFEATING MANHATTAN 9-7 & EARNS NCAA BERTH.

May 26, 2007

LE MOYNE EARNS PROGRAMS FOURTH MAAC CHAMPIONSHIP BY DEFEATING MANHATTAN 9-7 & EARNS NCAA BERTH.

"Le Moyne back in NCAA's," Post Standard - Kim Corriher 

Fishkill, NY - Le Moyne College earned the program's fourth MAAC Tournament title on Saturday with a 9-7 defeat of Manhattan at Dutchess Stadium. The Dolphins earn an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament with the victory.  Ryan Woods was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. For the week, Woods pitched six innings in relief and secured two victories out of the bullpen.  Andy Parrino led the tournament in hitting at .667 and keyed the Dolphin offense by scoring seven runs.

Le Moyne sent freshman Daniel Tunison (Bath, NY / Bath/Haverling) to the mound for the start. The right-hander entered the game with a 4-1 record through four starts. Tunison pitched five-plus strong innings, allowing three Jasper hits and no earned runs. Manhattan countered with right-hander Brian Pendergast. Entering Saturday, he registered an 8-0 record out of the Jasper bullpen.

Le Moyne jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the second inning. Freshman Chris Edmondson (Johnson City, NY / Johnson City) singled to left centerfield to score Corey O'Neill (Pittsford, NY / McQuaid Jesuit), who reached base via being hit by a Pendergast pitch.   Centerfielder Robbie Perez (Miami, FL / Belen Jesuit Prep) followed with a blast to right field that cleared the wall and gave the Dolphins an early 3-0 advantage.

The Dolphins would strike again in the bottom of the third as Mike Brown (Vestal, NY / Vestal) would reach base after lacing a fast ball to left field. Andy Parrino (Brockport, NY / Brockport) would next reach on a hit by pitch and O'Neill would move both runners over after flying out to deep left center field. After Phil St. Amant (Brockport, NY / Brockport) was intentionally walked to load the bases, Edmondson would drive in his second run of the afternoon after taking a Pendergast fastball to the ribs to give Le Moyne a 4-0 lead. Ben Gaal (Manlius, NY / CBA) would tack on another run as he delivered a sacrifice fly to the warning track in left field to score Parrino from third. 

Manhattan would get on the board in the top of the fifth inning when third baseman Dom Lombardi drove a double to centerfield. He would move over to third on a passed ball and scored when Ryan Masters grounded out to Le Moyne's Matt Nandin (North Syracuse, NY / CNS).

Le Moyne would counter in the bottom of the inning when Parrino led off the inning by driving a 1-0 pitch to right field for a single. St. Amant would follow with a single to left field. Gaal would continue his timely play by driving in Parrino and pushing the Dolphin lead back to five at 6-1.

In the bottom of the sixth, Manhattan would load the bases to begin the inning via a walk and two Le Moyne errors. The Jaspers' Mike Garcia would push across the 3rd Manhattan run on a hit by pitch. Adam Leduc (Beaconfield, Quebec / Loyola) would relieve Tunison after 5.1 innings. Lombardi would beat out a chopper off home plate to pull the Jaspers within two at 6-4. Manhattan would tie the game at 6-6 when Ryan Masters drove a Leduc pitch to right, plating two runs. Woods (Jacksonville, FL / Englewood) would enter the game with two outs and two runners on base and retired the side when he induced Kevin Nieto to ground out to Nandin for the final out. Manhattan would score five in the inning, striking the ball out of the infield once.

The Dolphins would respond in their half of the seventh as Parrino would reach base once again after being hit by a pitch. O'Neill would follow with a sacrifice bunt and after the Jaspers called on reliever Tom Moran, St. Amant would greet the right-hander by pounding a fastball up the middle to plate Parrino.

In the bottom half of the eighth, Steve Crawford (Webster, NY / Eastridge) and Brown connected for back-to-back home runs to put the Dolphins up 9-6.  Woods would retire the side in the ninth to secure the program's fourth MAAC Tournament Championship. 

The Dolphins earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament via the tournament championship and will hear word on their placement on Monday, when the NCAA announces the field of 64.

BOX SCORE

2007 Anaconda Sports MAAC Baseball Championship All-Tournament Team

INF - Ryan Masters, Manhattan
INF - Matt Rizzotti, Manhattan
INF - Rene Ruiz, Manhattan
INF - Andy Parrino, Le Moyne
INF - Phil St. Amant, Le Moyne
OF - Perry Silverman, Canisius
OF - Brian McDounough, Marist
OF - Mike Brown, Le Moyne
DH / UT - Justin Lepore, Marist
P - Bobby Blevins, Le Moyne
P - Ryan Woods, Le Moyne
MOP - Ryan Woods, Le Moyne