April 30, 2013

BASEBALL POUNDS OUT 27 HITS IN 21-8 WIN OVER SAINT ROSE TO CLAIM “UPSTATE CHALLENGE”

Syracuse, N.Y. – The Le Moyne College baseball team recorded 27 hits on its way to a 21-8 win over The College of Saint Rose on Tuesday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference Southwest Division action at Dick Rockwell Field.

With the win, the Dolphins claim the baseball point in the year-long "Upstate Challenge" between the two institutions, which gives Le Moyne an 8-6 victory in the series. Le Moyne won the four spring sports for the second straight year to overcome a 6-4 deficit.Saint Rose won the inaugural edition last year.

After falling behind 1-0 on a solo home run to left field in the top of the second inning by designated hitter Scott Hladik, the Dolphins erupted for 11 runs on 13 hits, including 11 consecutive, in the bottom of the second. Following singles by graduate student shortstop Ryan Mahoney (Clay, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) and freshman first baseman Pat Wright (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool), junior right fielder Nate Reynolds (Johnson City, N.Y./Maine-Endwell) singled to left field to drive in Mahoney. After a single to right field by freshman third baseman/shortstop Dylan Swetman (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) to load the bases, senior catcher Brian Stinson (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Valley) blasted a grand slam to straightaway center field. Following singles by graduate student second baseman Vincent Redmond (Ithaca, N.Y./Lansing/Garrett College) and graduate student designated hitter Matthew Ciraco (White Plains, N.Y./Perkiomen School), senior center fielder Zack Wiley (Toluca Woods, Calif./Crespi) singled down the left field line to plate Redmond. Junior left fielder Pat Wiese (Fayetteville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy of Syracuse) then singled through the right side, while advancing to third on a fielding error by the right fielder, which allowed Ciraco and Wiley to score. Wiese then scored on a balk after a Saint Rose pitching change. After singles by Mahoney and Wright and a strikeout, Swetman singled up the middle to drive in Mahoney. Stinson followed with a single up the middle to knock in Wright with the run of the inning.

Saint Rose got one of the runs back in the top of the third on a two-out home run to right field by left fielder Caleb Gleason. The Golden Knights then scored three times on three hits in the fourth inning to pull within 11-5. Hladik led off with a double down the left field line, took third on a single up the middle by third baseman Chad Adams and raced home on a wild pitch. After a foul out, catcher A.J. Capone launched a home run to left field.

Le Moyne, which recorded its most hits since posting 30 at Saint Peter's on April 12, 2008, added two runs on three hits in the bottom of the fourth. After Reynolds and Swetman opened the frame with singles to right field, Redmond singled to right field with one out to drive in Reynolds. Ciraco then lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Swetman.

After 16 straight outs in the game without a run, the Dolphins scored three times in the bottom of the seventh inning. Following a walk by Ciraco on four pitches to open the frame, Wiley drilled his first home run of the season down the left field line. After a Wiese walk and a Mahoney single around a Saint Rose pitching change, Wright plated Wiese with a sac fly to left.

The Dolphins, who scored their most runs since posting 24 against Glenville State on February 24, 2012 in Williamston, N.C., finished off their scoring with five runs on six hits in the eighth inning. Following a double by Stinson and a single by freshman second baseman Brett Charbonneau (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker), Ciraco singled to center field to drive in Stinson. After Wiley singled to load the bases, Wiese singled up the middle to knock in Charbonneau. Sophomore third baseman Max Nagelsmith (Duanesburg, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy of Albany) then doubled to left center to clear the bases.

Saint Rose completed the game's scoring with three runs on three hits in the top of the ninth inning. After second baseman Kyle Charron doubled with one out, Hladik doubled to center to plate Charron. Two batters later, first baseman Zac Bellinger blasted a home run to right field.

Sophomore southpaw Jon Dunn (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) earned the win after tossing six innings, while yielding five runs on 10 hits. All nine starters had at least two hits in the 27-hit attack, while eight of the nine scored at least two runs. Wiley had four hits, scored three runs and drove in three runs. Wiese (three runs), Mahoney, Reynolds, Swetman and Stinson (five RBI) had three hits each, while Ciraco (three runs) and Redmond posted two hits apiece.

Chris Gould took the loss for the Golden Knights after giving up nine runs on 10 hits over one-plus innings on the mound. Charron and Adams each had four hits, while Hladik and Bellinger had three hits apiece.