April 4, 2013

BASEBALL EDGED BY SAINT ROSE, 3-2, IN HOME OPENER

Syracuse, N.Y. – First baseman Zac Bellinger went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI to lead The College of Saint Rose to a 3-2 win over the Le Moyne College baseball team on Thursday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference Southwest Division play at Dick Rockwell Field.

The Golden Knights got on the scoreboard first with two runs on two hits in the top of the first inning. Shortstop Joseph Carcone led off the game with a single through the left side and then stole second base with one out. Bellinger then blasted a two-run home run over the fence in right center.

Le Moyne got one of the runs back in the bottom of the first inning. Graduate student designated hitter Matthew Ciraco (White Plains, N.Y./Perkiomen School) drew a walk to open the frame, but was replaced on the basepaths as junior center fielder Pat Wiese (Fayetteville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) reached on a fielder's choice. After a groundout and a walk by senior right fielder Kody O'Connor (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico), junior left fielder Nate Reynolds (Johnson City, N.Y./Maine-Endwell) singled through the right side to drive in Wiese.

Saint Rose (4-23, 1-7 NE-10, 1-3 SW) answered with one run on two hits in the second inning. Right fielder Lukas Nethaway doubled to left field with one out and came around to score on a two-out single to right field by second baseman Erik Martin.

The Dolphins took advantage of a Saint Rose error to cut their deficit in half in the bottom of the fifth inning. Wiese singled up the middle to start the frame and then stole second base. After a fly out and another walk by O'Connor, Reynolds reached on a fielding error by the second baseman, which allowed Wiese to score from third.

Le Moyne loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth inning on singles by Ciraco and Wiese and a walk by senior third baseman Zack Wiley (Toluca Woods, Calif./Crespi), but Saint Rose reliever Josh Johnson was able to induce a lineout to center field to end the game.

Senior righty Casey Cannon (Manasquan, N.J./Saint Rose HS/Delaware) suffered the loss after yielding three runs on nine hits over nine innings on the mound, while striking out 11 batters. Wiese led the Dolphins in the loss with four of the team's seven hits, while scoring both runs.

Kyle Charron earned the win on the mound for the Golden Knights after striking out four batters over five innings, while allowing two runs on four hits. Johnson tossed four scoreless innings and struck out five batters to earn his second save of the season.

Le Moyne (9-14, 3-4 NE-10, 2-3 SW) returns to action on Saturday for an out-of-division doubleheader at Stonehill College at 12:00 p.m.