#24/18 BASEBALL SWEPT BY #1/4 MOUNT OLIVE, 7-6, 6-0, TO OPEN SEASON
Mount Olive, N.C. – Luke Berry drove in the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth of game one and Alex Regan tossed a shutout in the nightcap to lead #1/4-ranked Mount Olive College to a doubleheader sweep of the #24/18 Le Moyne College baseball team on Saturday at Scarborough Field. The Trojans took the opener, 7-6, while registering a 6-0 win in the seven-inning nightcap.
The Dolphins opened the first game's scoring with a run on two hits in the first inning. Senior designated hitter Matthew Ciraco (White Plains, N.Y./Perkiomen School) singled to right center with one out and then took second on a balk. Senior center fielder Zack Wiley (Toluca Woods, Calif./Crespi) followed with a single to third base, pushing Ciraco to third. After a ground out and a walk by senior catcher Brian Stinson (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Valley) to load the bases, Ciraco raced home on a wild pitch.
Mount Olive (9-0) took the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning with four runs on four hits. Designated hitter Braden Reitano was hit by a pitch with one out, advanced to second on a wild pitch and came around to score the tying run on a single to left field by third baseman Jermaine Berry. First baseman Daniel Oliver then singled to right center to knock in Berry. Following a single to left by right fielder Tyler Farmer, center fielder Will Bynum doubled to left center to drive in Oliver and Farmer.
Le Moyne got one of the runs back on one hit and a Mount Olive error in the fifth inning. Senior shortstop Ryan Mahoney (Clay, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) walked with two outs and then took second on a failed pickoff attempt. After Stinson was hit by a pitch, senior right fielder Kody O'Connor (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico) singled to center to plate Mahoney.
The Dolphins evened the score at four apiece with two runs without getting a hit in the seventh inning. Ciraco was hit by a pitch to open the frame and moved to second as Wiley reached on a fielding error by the shortstop. After Ciraco took third on a wild pitch and Wiley stole second base, Ciraco scored on a ground out by Mahoney. Wiley then raced home on a wild pitch.
Mount Olive, which entered the game averaging 12 runs a contest, regained the lead in the bottom of the seventh with two runs on one hit. After Berry walked with one out, Oliver blasted a home run to left field for a 6-4 lead.
Le Moyne scored two runs on three hits in the top of the eighth inning to tie the score at six. Senior first baseman Paul Speicher (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) led off the frame with a double to right center. After a strike out and a single to center by freshman second baseman Brett Charbonneau (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker), junior left fielder Pat Wiese (Fayetteville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) grounded out to drive in Speicher from third. Ciraco then singled to left center to knock in Charbonneau.
After Wiley was left stranded after reaching third without any outs in the top of the ninth, the Trojans plated the winning run in the bottom of the inning. After the first two batters of the frame were retired, Farmer doubled to left center. Pinch-hitter Luke Berry then singled to left center to drive in Farmer with the winning run.
Sophomore Zach Place (Towanda, Pa./Towanda/Susquehanna) suffered the loss in his Le Moyne debut after yielding one run on three hits over one and two-thirds innings pitched. Chris Orphanos earned the win for the Trojans after pitching the final two innings, while giving up two runs on three hits.
In the nightcap, the Trojans struck for the only run they would need in the bottom of the third inning. Center fielder Bryan Dunlavey led off with a single up the middle, stole second and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Second baseman Zak Orrison then grounded out to short to plate Dunlavey.
Mount Olive added a pair of runs in the fourth inning on two hits. Reitano doubled to right field with one out and came around to score on a double down the left field line by Jermaine Berry. Oliver then lifted a sacrifice fly to center to drive in Berry, who had moved to third on a passed ball.
In the fifth, Dunlavey led off with a single to right, stole second and moved to third on a fly out. He then scored on a sacrifice fly to left by shortstop Mike Mercurio.
Mount Olive completed its scoring with two runs in the sixth inning. Catcher Geno Escalante, a preseason player of the year candidate, led off the frame with a home run to right field. After a pair of outs, Oliver was hit by a pitch, Farmer walked and Dunlavey walked to load the bases and force a Le Moyne pitching change. Orrison then drew a walk to force in Oliver.
Senior righty Casey Cannon (Manasquan, N.J./Saint Rose/Delaware) took the loss after allowing six runs (five earned) on six hits over five and two-thirds innings. Regan struck out six batters, while yielding seven hits, to improve to 3-0 on the year.
Le Moyne (0-2) closes out the three-game series with the Trojans on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.