April 17, 2009

BSB: TARDIFF PITCHES DOLPHINS TO 9-4 WIN OVER LONGWOOD



April 17, 2009

BSB: TARDIFF PITCHES DOLPHINS TO 9-4 WIN OVER LONGWOOD


Syracuse, N.Y. - Sophomore pitcher Jeff Tardiff (Framingham, N.Y./Framingham) struck out six batters in registering his third complete game of the season in leading the Le Moyne College baseball team to a 9-4 win over Longwood University on Friday afternoon at Dick Rockwell Field.

Le Moyne opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning on junior left fielder Chris Edmondson's (Johnson City, N.Y./Johnson City) team-best sixth home run of the season.

The Lancers evened the score in the top of the fourth inning with a run on two hits and two errors. Brant Jones opened the inning with a single through the right side and advanced to second on a fielding error. Phil Cerreto then reached on a bunt singled and moved to second on a throwing error, allowing Jones to score from second.

The Dolphins regained the lead with four runs on two hits and two errors in the bottom of the fourth inning. Senior shortstop Matt Nandin (North Syracuse, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) reach on an error, Edmondson singled through the left side and senior catcher Chris Haynes (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) walked to load the bases to start the inning. Sophomore third baseman Matt Marra (Brewerton, N.Y./Central Square) followed with a double down the left field line to drive in Nandin and Edmondson. Junior first baseman Rich Brown (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) then flied out to left field to score Haynes, while junior center fielder Sean Paino (Wappinger Falls, N.Y./Roy C. Ketcham) executed a suicide squeeze to plate Marra with the final run of the inning.

Longwood cut into its deficit with single runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Jones and Cerreto singled to open the sixth. After Casey Havers reached on an error, Jonathan Quigley grounded into a double play to drive in Jones. In the seventh, Robby Newman and Matt Gwaltney opened the frame with singles and moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt. Scott Kimble then grounded out to drive in Newman.

Le Moyne got one run back in the bottom of the seventh and added three runs in the eighth inning. Freshman designated hitter Dan Sisto (Liverpool, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a sac bunt by classmate Matthew Ciraco (White Plains, N.Y/Perkiomen School). Two batters later, Nandin doubled down the left field line to drive in pinch-runner Don Schaaf (Middle Island, N.Y./Longwood HS). Marra led off the eighth with a singled down the left field line and Brown followed with a single to the third baseman. Following a sac bunt by Paino, Schaaf doubled to left field to knock in Marra and Brown. Following a pitching change and a stolen base by Schaaf, Ciraco singled up the middle to plate Schaaf with Le Moyne's final run.

The Lancers capped the game's scoring with a run on a hit and an error in the ninth inning. Newman reached on a throwing error and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Following a pair of outs, Kimble tripled to left field to drive in Newman.

Tardiff, who lowered his earned run average to a team-best 3.43, scattered 10 hits in allowing four runs (one earned) to earn his fourth victory of the season. Edmondson, Marra and Brown each recorded two hits in the contest. Chris Briere suffered the loss, yielding nine runs (seven earned) on eight hits.

Le Moyne (12-17), which has won four of its last five returns, resumes its four-game series with Longwood on Saturday with a doubleheader. First pitch is slated for 1:00 p.m.

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Le Moyne 9, Longwood 4

Longwood (21-13)       000      101      101      -           4          10        3
Le Moyne (12-17)       100      400      13X     -           9          9          4

Longwood (21-13): Chris Briere (L, 2-1), Matt Gwaltney (8) and Jonathan Quigley.

Le Moyne (12-17): Jeff Tardiff (W, 4-2) and Chris Haynes.