May 5, 2009


May 5, 2009


Syracuse, N.Y. - Senior shortstop Matt Nandin (North Syracuse, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) went 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs batted in to lead the Le Moyne College baseball team to a 14-6 win over UAlbany in non-conference action at Dick Rockwell Field on Tuesday afternoon.

The Dolphins jumped on the Great Danes with three runs on three hits and an error in the first inning. Junior center fielder Sean Paino (Wappinger Falls, N.Y./Roy C. Ketcham) blasted a two-run homer to left field to drive in freshman right fielder Brett Botsford (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker), who walked to lead off in the inning. Following a pop out, senior catcher Chris Haynes (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) doubled to center field and came around to score on a fielding error by the left fielder as Nandin singled.

Le Moyne increased its lead to 8-0 in the second inning with five runs on two hits and an error. Junior left fielder Chris Edmondson (Johnson City, N.Y./Johnson City) drilled a home run to center field with two outs to drive in Botsford and Paino, who walked and reached on an error, respectively. After Haynes walked, Nandin launched a two-run homer to left center.

UAlbany cut its deficit in half with four runs on just one hit and an error in the fifth inning. Third baseman Pete Eichner and shortstop Sean Donovan drew consecutive one-out walks before left fielder Gary Pitcheralle singled back up the middle to load the bases. Right fielder Brendan Rowland then drew a four-pitch walk from Le Moyne reliever Tom McDermott (Amsterdam, N.Y./Amsterdam) to force in Eichner. Catcher Ryan Gugel plated Donovan with a fielder's choice to first base and Pitcheralle came in to score on a throwing error by the first baseman. Center fielder Dave West capped the scoring in the frame with a groundout to third to knock in Rowland.

The Dolphins plated six runs on three hits and an error in the seventh inning to blow the game open. Edmondson led off the inning by drawing a walk and moved to second on a single up the middle by Haynes. On a sac bunt attempt by Nandin, the third baseman threw the ball away to allow Nandin to reach second and Edmondson to score. Following a walk, junior first baseman Rich Brown (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) singled through the left side to drive in Haynes and load the bases. UAlbany relief pitcher Mike Baltera then threw two wild pitches to allow Nandin and sophomore third baseman Matt Marra (Brewerton, N.Y./Central Square) to score, prior to walking senior second baseman Chris Murphy (Laurel Hollow, N.Y./St. Dominic's). Sophomore designated hitter Don Schaaf (Middle Island, N.Y./Longwood HS) followed by lifting a sac fly to center field to knock in Brown from third. After Botsford drew his third walk of the game and UAlbany changed pitchers for the fourth time, Paino greeted Alexander Beaulieu with a double to left center to score Murphy with the inning's final run.

The Great Danes got one run back in the eighth inning on a solo home run to center by first baseman Mike Tirri. They plated their final run in the ninth inning as Donovan scored on a wild pitch after walking to open the frame.

McDermott improved to 4-3 on the season by striking out three batters over two and two-thirds innings. The southpaw allowed just one unearned run on one hit and a walk. Paino and Edmondson each drove in three runs and scored twice, while Haynes crossed the plate three times.

Le Moyne (21-21) returns to action on Saturday, May 9 for the start of a two-game series at Boston College. First pitch is slated for 4:00 p.m.


Le Moyne 14, UAlbany 6

UAlbany (21-25)          000      040      011      -           6          6          4
Le Moyne (21-21)        350      000      60X      -           14        9          2

UAlbany (21-25): Cory Warrings (L), Chris Hackett (6), Travis Wilson (7), Mike Baltera (7), Alexander Beaulieu (7), Sean Gregory (8) and Ryan Gugel.

Le Moyne (21-21): Mark Kuzma, Tom McDermott (5, W, 4-3), Al Ondrako (8), Erik Lambe (9) and Chris Haynes, Kyle Kalaka (8).