BSB: EDMONDSON LEADS DOLPHINS TO 6-2 WIN OVER XAVIER
Cincinnati, Ohio – Senior left fielder Chris Edmondson (Johnson City, N.Y./Johnson City) went 4-for-5 with two runs batted in to lead the Le Moyne College baseball team to a 6-2 win over Xavier on Tuesday afternoon at Hayden Field.
The Musketeers opened the game's scoring with one run on two hits in the fourth inning. John McCambridge singled to shortstop with one out and then stole second base. Bobby Freking followed with a single to center field to drive in McCambridge.
Le Moyne answered back in the fifth with one run on three hits. Senior center fielder Sean Paino (Wappinger Falls, N.Y./Roy C. Ketcham) singled and senior first baseman Rich Brown (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) was hit by a pitch to open the frame. Following a sacrifice bunt and a ground out, sophomore right fielder Brett Botsford (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) singled through the left side to plate Brown.
Xavier, which won the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament championship and appeared in the NCAA tournament last season, regained the lead in the sixth inning by scoring one run on three hits. Drew Schmidt and Freking singled around a foul out to start the inning and force a Le Moyne pitching change. Ben Thomas followed with a sacrifice fly to right field to drive in Schmidt.
The Dolphins took the lead in the eighth inning with three runs on two hits and two errors. Botsford singled, freshman Zack Wiley (Toluca Woods, Calif./Crespi) walked and sophomore shortstop Matt Marra (Brewerton, N.Y./Central Square) reached on an error to load the bases. Following a Xavier pitching change, Edmondson singled to right field to drive in Botsford. Two batters later, Paino grounded out to plate Wiley from third base. Freshman pinch-hitter Paul Speicher (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) followed by reaching on an error by the third baseman to allow Marra to score.
Le Moyne added a pair of runs on three hits in the ninth inning. With two outs, Wiley blasted his second home run of the season over the fence in left field. Marra followed with a double to left and came around to score on a double to right field by Edmondson.
Junior lefty Tom McDermott (Amsterdam, N.Y./Amsterdam) earned his first win of the season by tossing two and one-third scoreless innings in relief of sophomore right-hander Erik Lambe (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal). Lambe struck out two batters over the first five and one-third innings in his first career start, while allowing just two run on six hits. Senior southpaw Luke Nellis (Fonda, N.Y./Fonda-Fultonville) picked up his first save of the season and 10th of his career with four strikeouts over one and one-third innings of work. Shane Liska suffered the loss for the Musketeers after all three batters he faced reached base and came around to score.
Le Moyne (5-6), which improves to 3-0 all-time against the Musketeers, returns to action at Cincinnati on Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.
Le Moyne 6, Xavier 2
Le Moyne (5-6) 000 010 032 - 6 11 0
Xavier (1-10) 000 101 000 - 2 8 4
Le Moyne (5-6): Erik Lambe, Tom McDermott (6, W, 1-1), Luke Nellis (8, S, 1) and Kyle Kalaka.
Xavier (1-10): Markus Kuykendoll, Josh Murphy (7), Shane Liska (8, L, 0-1), Josh Deeg (8), Alex Vice (9) and Ryan Bellamy.