April 6, 2013

BASEBALL SPLITS AT STONEHILL, 4-5 (11 INNINGS), 4-2

Easton, Mass. – Sophomore lefty Ryan Davis (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) struck out seven batters and junior left fielder Nate Reynolds (Johnson City, N.Y./Maine-Endwell) had four hits as the Le Moyne College baseball team earned a split at Stonehill College in a Northeast-10 Conference doubleheader at Lou Gorman Field on Saturday afternoon. The Dolphins won the nightcap, 4-2, after Stonehill took the opener, 5-4, in 11 innings.

In the opening game, the Skyhawks took advantage of two Le Moyne errors to get on the scoreboard first with a run in the bottom of the first inning. Center fielder James DeAlto reached on catcher's interference with one out and then moved to second on a walk by right fielder Billy Karalis. After a groundout, DeAlto scored from third as shortstop Michael Zeiner reached on a dropped fly ball.

The Dolphins took the lead with two runs on one hit and one Stonehill error in the third inning. Junior center fielder Pat Wiese (Fayetteville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) drew a walk with one out and then advanced to third on a failed pickoff attempt by the pitcher. Wiese then raced home on a wild pitch. Senior third baseman Zack Wiley (Toluca Woods, Calif./Crespi) then drew a walk and stole second. After a fly out, Reynolds singled to center to drive in Wiley.

Stonehill answered with a run on two hits in the bottom of the third. Karalis singled with one out and moved to second on a walk by third baseman Dan Fratus. Zeiner then singled to right field to knock in Karalis.

Le Moyne regained the lead with two runs on two hits and a Stonehill error in the top of the seventh. Graduate student designated hitter Matthew Ciraco (White Plains, N.Y./Perkiomen School) singled to center field with one out and then stole second base. After Wiese drew a walk, Ciraco and Wiese executed a double steal, with Ciraco racing home on an error by the catcher. After Wiley walked, senior Kody O'Connor (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico) singled to left field to drive in Wiese.

The Skyhawks evened the score at four apiece with two runs on three hits in the bottom of the eighth inning. Fratus led off with an infield single and moved to second on a one-out single to left by designated hitter Brian Campbell. After a Le Moyne pitching change, first baseman Anthony Pagano doubled down the right field line to plate Fratus and Campbell.

After the Dolphins failed to score with the bases loaded and only one out in the top of the 11th inning, the Skyhawks scored the winning run in the bottom of the frame on three hits. Karalis reached on an infield single, Fratus singled through the left side and then Zeiner drew a walk to load the bases. Campbell then singled through the right side to drive in Karalis.

Sophomore righty Zach Place (Towanda, Pa./Towanda/Susquehanna) took the loss after yielding one run on seven hits over three innings out of the bullpen. Senior Kevin Carroll (Jamesville, N.Y./Fabius-Pompey) struck out nine batters over the first seven and one-third innings in taking the no-decision, while allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits. Each Dolphin in the starting line-up had one hit, while Wiese scored two runs.

Armand Rugel earned the win out of the bullpen after tossing three scoreless innings, while striking out four batters and allowing two hits. Fratus had three of Stonehill's 12 hits, while Karalis, Zeiner, Campbell and Pagano each had two hits.

The Dolphins scored first in the nightcap with two runs on two hits in the first inning. Wiese opened the game with a double to right center and came around to score on a single to center by Reynolds. After Reynolds took third on a wild pitch, he scored on a one-out groundout by O'Connor.

Le Moyne doubled its lead with two runs on two hits in the seventh inning. Graduate student second baseman Vincent Redmond (Ithaca, N.Y./Lansing/Garrett College) drew a walk to open the frame and advanced to second on a one-out single through the left side by Wiese. Reynolds then singled to right center to drive in Redmond. Wiley followed with a sacrifice bunt down the first base line to plate Wiese.

Stonehill got on the scoreboard with two runs on two hits in the bottom of the eighth inning. Zeiner led off with a single to left field and raced around to score on a triple to right center by catcher Brian Hocking. After a pop out, Hocking scored on a groundout by designated hitter Chris Hoyt.

Davis earned his third win of the season after striking out seven batters in his fifth complete game of the year, while yielding two runs on five hits. Reynolds had four of Le Moyne's 10 hits and two RBI, while Wiese had two hits and two runs scored.

John Hauck took the loss after giving up three runs on seven hits over six and one-third innings pitched.

Le Moyne (10-15, 4-5 NE-10), which is 7-10 in games decided by one or two runs, returns to action on Sunday with a doubleheader at Bentley University at 12:00 p.m.