March 30, 2013

BASEBALL RALLIES IN SECOND GAME TO EARN SPLIT AT ADELPHI, 1-2, 7-6

Garden City, N.Y. – Freshman first baseman Pat Wright (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Le Moyne College baseball team rallied for a 7-6 win over Adelphi University in the second game of a Northeast-10 Conference Southwest Division doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Bonomo Field. The Panthers won the opening game, 2-1.

Due to the games originally scheduled to be played in Syracuse, but moved to Garden City due to unplayable field conditions at Dick Rockwell Field, the Dolphins served as the home team for both games and batted in the bottom of each inning.

Adelphi opened the scoring in the nightcap with three runs on three hits in the first inning. Designated hitter Brandon Stahl drew a walk to start the frame and then moved to second on a single by center fielder John Campbell. After a fly out, third baseman Richard Mejia singled through the left side to drive in Stahl. Following another fly out and a double-steal, shortstop Donato Signore singled to left center to plate Campbell and Mejia.

The Dolphins got on the scoreboard with one run on two hits in the bottom of the third inning. Junior center fielder Pat Wiese (Fayetteville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) led off with a single through the left side and then stole second with one out. After a groundout, graduate student designated hitter Matthew Ciraco (White Plains, N.Y./Perkiomen School) singled up the middle to drive in Wiese.

The Panthers got the run back in the top of the fifth inning. First baseman Anthony Zarrella opened the frame with a single down the right field line. After moving to third on a pair of groundouts, Zarrella scored on a single through the left side by Signore.

Adelphi extended its lead to 5-2 with a run on two hits and a Le Moyne error in the seventh inning. Stahl led off with a single through the right side, took second on a failed pickoff attempt and then stole third. Campbell then doubled down the left field line to knock in Stahl.

Le Moyne countered with two runs in the bottom of the inning on two hits to get within 5-3. Senior right fielder Kody O'Connor (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico) was hit by a pitch with one out and then raced around to score on a two-out double to left center by senior catcher Brian Stinson (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Valley). After an Adelphi pitching change, Wiese singled to left field to drive in Stinson.

The Panthers pushed their lead to three with a run on two hits in the eighth inning. Signore led off with a single up the middle, moved to second on a balk and then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt. After a Le Moyne pitching change and a groundout, second baseman Vincent Sharkey tripled down the left field line to plate Signore.

Le Moyne scored four runs on four hits in the bottom of the ninth to win the game. O'Connor was hit by another pitch with one out to start the rally. Junior Nate Reynolds (Johnson City, N.Y./Maine-Endwell) followed with his second home run this week to pull the Dolphins within 6-5. Following an Adelphi pitching change, Stinson singled to left field and was replaced at first by freshman pinch-runner Brett Charbonneau (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker). After Charbonneau stole second, Wiese tripled to center field to drive in Charbonneau with the game-tying run. Following another Adelphi pitching change, Wright singled through the right side to plate Wiese with the winning run.

Sophomore righty Zach Place (Towanda, Pa./Towanda/Susquehanna) earned the win out of the bullpen after tossing the final one and two-thirds innings, while striking out one batter and allowing one hit. Wiese finished the game with three of Le Moyne's 10 hits, while Reynolds and Stinson each had two hits.

Vincent Caputo suffered the loss after the only two batters he faced (Stinson and Wiese) had hits and came around to score. Signore and Sharkey each had three of Adelphi's 12 hits, while Stahl and Campbell had two hits apiece.

As they did in the nightcap, the Panthers took advantage of a game-opening walk to score a run in the first inning of the opener. Campbell drew the lead-off walk and then moved to second on a single through the right side by catcher Kevin Hutzel. Zarrella followed with a single down the left field line to drive in Campbell.

Adelphi scored the eventual game-winning run on two hits in the third inning. Campbell led off with a double to left center, took third on a balk and then scored on a single through the right side by Hutzel.

The Dolphins attempted to rally in the bottom of the eighth inning, but could only plate one run. Senior third baseman Zack Wiley (Toluca Woods, Calif./Crespi) doubled to left field with one out and came around to score on a single to right center by O'Connor. Dillon McNamara came out of the bullpen to strike out a batter and induce an inning-ending groundout to strand O'Connor.

After allowing a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth, McNamara got a line out to end the game.

Sophomore lefty Ryan Davis (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury), the reigning Northeast-10 Conference Pitcher of the Week, suffered the loss after yielding two runs on eight hits in going the distance on the mound for the second straight game, while striking out eight batters. Graduate student second baseman Vincent Redmond (Ithaca, N.Y./Lansing/Garrett College) was the only Dolphin to record multiple hits in the game with two.

Stephen Bove picked up the win for the Panthers after striking out three batters over seven and one-third innings pitched, while giving up just one run on seven hits. McNamara earned his second save of the series and sixth of the season by getting the final five outs.

Le Moyne (9-13, 3-3 NE-10, 2-2 SW) is scheduled to play its home opener on Tuesday against The College of Saint Rose at 3:30 p.m.