May 10, 2013

BASEBALL UPENDED BY NEW HAVEN, 9-5, IN WINNER’S BRACKET FINAL OF NORTHEAST-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS

West Haven, Conn. – The University of New Haven scored in each of the first five innings en route to a 9-5 victory over the Le Moyne College baseball team in game eight of the Northeast-10 Conference Championships on Friday afternoon at Frank Vieira Field. With the loss, the Dolphins drop down to the loser's bracket final and will take on Merrimack College at 4:30 p.m. The winner will then have to beat New Haven twice on Saturday to claim the championship, while the Chargers will only need one victory.

New Haven got on the scoreboard in the first inning with a pair of unearned runs. Right fielder Stephen Clout led off the frame with a single up the middle, but was retired at second as center fielder Brendan O'Reilly reached on a fielder's choice. Following a fly out, designated hitter Chris DeMorais singled to shortstop and left fielder Kyle Cullen walked to load the bases. Second baseman Andrew Johnson then reached on a fielding error by the second baseman, which allowed O'Reilly and DeMorais to score.

The Chargers added three runs on three hits in the bottom of the second inning. First baseman Zach Collett drew a walk on 10 pitches to open the frame and then moved to second on a bunt single by third baseman Brendon Buckley. After Clout beat the throw to first on a groundball to the shortstop to load the bases, O'Reilly lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to drive in Collett. Catcher Joe Romanelli followed with a double to left center to knock in Buckley and Clout.

Le Moyne got on the scoreboard in the third inning with two runs on one hit. Senior catcher Brian Stinson (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Valley) drew a walk to open the frame and advanced to second on an error by the second baseman as senior first baseman Paul Speicher (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) reached on a fielder's choice. Graduate student second baseman Vincent Redmond (Ithaca, N.Y./Lansing/Garrett College) then singled to right center to drive in Stinson.

New Haven got one of the runs back in the bottom of the third for a 6-2 lead. Shortstop Nick Nunziato singled to left center to start the frame and took second on a sacrifice bunt by Collett. Buckley then tripled to right field to knock in Nunziato.

The Dolphins plated a run in the fourth without getting a hit. Graduate student shortstop Ryan Mahoney (Clay, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) was hit by a pitch with one out, advanced to second on a wild pitch, stole third and then scored on a groundout to the second baseman by junior left fielder Nate Reynolds (Johnson City, N.Y./Maine-Endwell).

The Chargers responded with two runs in the bottom of the fourth to take an 8-3 lead. DeMorais led off with a double to right center and moved to third on a single down the third base line by Cullen. After Cullen stole second and a pair of strikeouts, Collett singled to the shortstop to drive in DeMorais, while Cullen scored on a throwing error by the shortstop.

New Haven scored its ninth run of the day on one hit in the fifth inning. O'Reilly drew a walk with one out and raced around to score on a double down the left field line by Romanelli.

Le Moyne finished off the scoring in the game with two runs on two hits in the top of the ninth inning. After Reynolds singled up the middle to start the frame, Stinson blasted a two-run homer to deliver the final score.

Senior righty Casey Cannon (Manasquan, N.J./Saint Rose/Delaware) suffered the loss after giving up nine runs (six earned) on 12 hits and four walks, while retiring just 15 batters, seven via strikes. Speicher led the Dolphins with two of their seven hits. Joey Royer earned the win out of the bullpen for the Chargers after recording two strikeouts over five innings, while yielding two runs on five hits.