BASEBALL SPLIT SATURDAY DOUBLEHEAD AGAINST SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT STATE
New Haven, Conn. –The Le Moyne College baseball team shared their Saturday afternoon Northeast-10 conference doubleheader on the road against Southern Connecticut State University. The Dolphins won Game 1 12-4 with the help of Ty Sitafirst career two-home run game. Syta hit his third and fourth home runs of the season in the win and finished the contest with a career-high six RBIs, as well as two walks and three runs scored.
SCSU center outfielder Andrew Eng hit two home runs in Game 2, the second of which was a Grand Slam home run in the bottom of 7and inning to lift the Owls to a 7-3 victory over the Dolphins.
second left-hander Max Parker (Manlius, NY/Fayetteville-Manlius) went 7.0 innings on the mound in Game 1 to pick up the win, and Sam DiGeorge (Canastota, NY/Canastota) pitched the final 2.0 innings without allowing a hit to secure the ‘Phins victory.
Junior right-handed Jacob Marshall (Baldwinsville, NY/CW Baker) pitched over 6.0 innings for Le Moyne in the second loss, in which he knocked out 11 Southern Connecticut batters.
Senior second baseman Drew Carroll (Clifton Park, NY/Christian Brothers Academy (Albany)) singled out to the left side of the infield with one out in the top of the first inning of game number one to give Le Moyne his first base runner of the afternoon. With two outs in the inning, Syta hit his first home run of the game over the left field wall to give the Phins a 2-0 lead.
Le Moyne added a point in the lead of the 2n/a. Graduated right fielder Michael Smith (Montebello, NY/Suffern) and certified catcher Drew Fureno (Canajoharie, NY / Fort Plain) started the inning with back-to-back singles, then graduated as third baseman Derrick Miller (Westernville, NY/Rome Free Academy/Hudson Valley CC) hit a fly ball to center field that allowed Smith to score and advance to third base. With two outs and runners at first and third, junior center back Zack brush (New York Mills, NY/Utica Notre Dame) chained a line through the middle of center field to drive Smith and put Le Moyne up 3-0.
A first double down the left field line followed by a hit to center field gave the Owls their first run of the day down the 2n/a to reduce their deficit to 3-1.
In the top 3rd inning, senior shortstop Nick Nevins (Poughkeepsie, NY/Roy C. Ketcham) started the inning with a hit to right field. Syta hit a field error to put runners first and second with zero outs, then sophomore right fielder Jason Ball (Syracuse, NY/Christian Brothers Academy (Syracuse)) dropped a sacrificial bunt to advance the runners to second and third with one out. Smith then did his job by raising a fly ball into left field which allowed Nevins to score and rush home to give the ‘Phins a 4-1 lead.
Southern Connecticut State scored three runs in the bottom of 3rd via four singles and a pitching error to tie the game at 4-4.
Le Moyne regained the lead in the lead of 4and.
Second year Brady Fureno (Canajoharie, NY/Fort Plain) hit a field error and advanced to second base to start the inning, then Miller hit a ground fly to move Fureno to third.
Brush then came to home plate and hit the ball into left field, but the SCSU outfielder couldn’t play, and Fureno came home to score, giving the ‘Phins a 5-4 advantage.
Syta took the lead of the 5and inning with a walk, then Boule hit the ball into the shallow left center field. The Southern Connecticut State center back dived to try to register the takedown, but the ball fell to the grass. Syta advanced to third on the play, and Boule scrambled to second base for a double.
Drew Fureno drew a base on walks to load the bases, then Brady Fureno ripped a ground ball through the left side of the infield to drive Syta and Boule and put the ‘Phins up 7-4.
After a pitching change, Miller fired a double down the left field line that brought Drew Fureno around to score and extended Le Moyne’s lead to 8-4.
Brady Fureno reached on a field error to take the lead of 9and inning. Brush hit a brace down the right field line that advanced Fureno to third base.
Nevins fired a two-out walk to charge the bases, then Syta hit a grand slam home run to the right-field wall to double Le Moyne’s lead.
DiGeorge recorded two strikeouts on a 1-2-3 down the 9and to close the first match of the afternoon.
Both teams put two combined runners on base in the first three innings of Game 2, but the Owls got on the board bottom of 4and when Eng hit a solo home run to the right field wall.
Drew Fureno took the lead in 6and for the ‘Phins with a base hit in the field, then Brady Fureno chose left fielder to place runners first and second with zero outs.
A Drew Carroll walk later in the inning with two outs loaded with bases. Nevins chose the third baseman to drive Brady Fureno and tied at 1-1.
Syta continued their big day with a two RBI line drive in right field that allowed Brush and Carroll to score and gave the ‘Phins a 3-1 lead.
Down to their last three outs and facing a two-run deficit, the Owls tied and then hit back-to-back singles to charge the bases with zero outs in the bottom of the 7.and. Zambito was hit on a pitch that brought a runner to score and cut the Owls’ deficit to 3-2.
First year right hander Steven Freer (Kingston, NY/Kingston) entered the game with the bases loaded and no one out as the Dolphins clung to a one-point lead.
Sullivan picked right field to tie the game at 3-3, then Eng hit his second home run of the day, a grand slam home run over the left field fence to end the game and give the Owls a 7-3 win over the Dolphins. .
The Le Moyne College baseball team is now 10-12 this season and will play another doubleheader against the Owls in New Haven on Sunday. The first pitch of Sunday’s doubleheader game opener is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. EST.