April 17, 2013

BASEBALL SPLITS NON-CONFERENCE DOUBLEHEADER AT EAST STROUDSBURG, 1-6, 10-5

East Stroudsburg, Pa. – Graduate student shortstop Ryan Mahoney (Clay, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) had two hits, two RBI and scored two runs to lead the Le Moyne College baseball team to a 10-5 win over East Stroudsburg University in the second game of a non-conference doubleheader at Mitterling Field. The Warriors won the opening game, 6-1.

In the opener, the Warriors opened the games scoring with two runs on two hits in the second inning. Center fielder Chris Knott led off the frame with a triple and then scored on a single by catcher Eric Forth. After Forth advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches, he scored on a sacrifice fly by third baseman Drew Hercik.

The Dolphins got one of the runs back in the top of the third inning on two hits. Senior catcher Brian Stinson (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Valley) singled with one out and then took second on a wild pitch. After a groundout, Stinson scored on a single by senior third baseman Zack Wiley (Toluca Woods, Calif./Crespi).

East Stroudsburg (22-10) scored three runs on just one hit in the bottom of the third. Left fielder Andy Brandstetter drew a walk to open the frame and moved to second on one-out walk by right fielder Eric Boyer. After designated hitter Mike Tenaglia walked to load the bases, Knott doubled to drive in Brandstetter and Boyer. Forth then lifted a sac fly to center to plate Tenaglia.

The Warriors completed the game's scoring with a run in the bottom of the fourth without getting a hit. As he did the inning before, Brandstetter drew a walk to open the inning. Following a walk by first baseman Brian Ernst and a groundout, Brandstetter scored from third on a sac fly to left by Tenaglia.

Freshman Frank O'Brien (Cream Ridge, N.J./Allentown) suffered his first loss after yielding six runs on four hits over four innings. Brandon Holup earned the victory for the Warriors after allowing one run on four hits over four innings. Wiley had two of Le Moyne's six hits, while Knott had two of East Stroudsburg's four hits.

In the nightcap, the Dolphins plated five runs on five hits and two East Stroudsburg errors in the first inning. Junior center fielder Pat Wiese (Fayetteville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) opened the game by drawing a walk and then advanced to third as graduate student designated hitter Matthew Ciraco (White Plains, N.Y./Perkiomen School) reached on a throwing error by the third baseman. Mahoney then singled to drive in Wiese. After Mahoney advanced to second as Ciraco was caught stealing third, senior right fielder Kody O'Connor (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico) singled to knock in Mahoney. After a double by Wiley, senior first baseman Paul Speicher (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) singled to plate O'Connor. Freshman catcher Trey West (Fairport, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit) then reached on a fielder's choice to drive in Wiley. After West took second on a wild pitch, he scored on a single by junior left fielder Nate Reynolds (Johnson City, N.Y./Maine-Endwell).

East Stroudsburg got four of the runs back in the bottom of the first on three hits. For the third time in eight innings, Brandstetter drew a walk to open the inning. After a single by Ernst, Boyer singled to drive in Brandstetter. Following a strikeout, Knott blasted a three-run home run to left field.

The Warriors evened the score at five apiece in the third inning. Boyer walked with one out, stole second and came around to score on a single by Tenaglia.

Le Moyne regained the lead with four runs on three hits and three East Stroudsburg errors in the sixth inning. Reynolds singled to third base to open the frame and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by graduate student second baseman Vincent Redmond (Ithaca, N.Y./Lansing/Garrett College). Wiese then reached on a fielding error by the second baseman, which allowed Reynolds to race home. After Wiese stole third, he scored on a single to left by Ciraco, who advanced to second on a throwing error by the left fielder. Mahoney then singled to drive in Ciraco with Le Moyne's eighth run. After O'Connor was hit by a pitch following a pitching change, Wiley reached on a fielder's choice, while Mahoney scored as the throw from second to first was wild.

The Dolphins tacked on an insurance run on four hits in the seventh inning. West led off the frame with a single to second base and then moved to second on a one-out single by Redmond. Following a pitching change and a Wiese single to load the bases, Ciraco singled to drive in West.

Sophomore John Mildner (Newton, Mass./Catholic Memorial/UMass) earned the win out of the bullpen by tossing the final two and one-third innings, without allowing a hit. Freshman infielder Dylan Swetman (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) pitched the opening four and two-thirds innings, yielding five runs on four hits, while striking out five batters in his first career start on the mound. Ciraco, Mahoney, O'Connor, Speicher, Reynolds and Redmond each had two of Le Moyne's 15 hits. Jake Ruch suffered the loss for the Warriors after giving up four runs (two earned) over one and one-third innings out of the bullpen.

Le Moyne (13-19) returns to action on Thursday at The College of Saint Rose at 3:30 p.m.