Purple Knights sweep doubleheader at nationally-regarded Adelphi, grab first NE-10 wins

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College baseball team swept a doubleheader at nationally-regarded Adelphi University, winning the first game, 4-3, before grabbing a 3-1 victory in game two during Northeast-10 Conference action on Sunday at Bonomo Memorial Field. The Purple Knights improve to 5-9 overall and 2-2 in the league, while the Panthers, who are receiving a vote in the current Collegiate Baseball Newspaper national poll, drop to 7-9-1 and 0-4.

Senior Jacob Begnoche (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) went 2-for-3 with a walk for Saint Michael's in game one, while sophomore George Buteau (Burlington, Vt./Trinity-Pawling School) was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Junior Alec Tice (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) hit 1-for-3 and scored, classmate Tyler Wild (Quaker Hill, Conn./Saint Bernard School) got a hit and an RBI and junior Corey Livingston (Manchester, Conn./East Catholic) recorded an RBI and drew a walk. First-year Curt Echo (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) tossed six innings and struck out seven before classmate Kevin Guild (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) struck out three batters over three innings to earn his first collegiate win.

Junior Brandon Stahl (East Norwich, N.Y./Saint Dominic/Nassau CC) was 2-for-5 for Adelphi, while sophomore Vincent Sharkey (Lynbrook, N.Y./Lynbrook) hit 1-for-3 and scored. Classmate Nick Zito (Nesconset, N.Y./Smithtown West) and first-year Anthony Vazzana (Freehold, N.J./Freehold) also went 1-for-3, and sophomore John Bivas (White Plains, N.Y./White Plains) took the loss.

The Panthers scored a run in each of the first three innings while holding the Purple Knights to three hits in the first seven frames. Echo surrendered just two hits in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings before Guild threw a perfect seventh. In the visitors' half of the eighth inning, Wild singled to drive in junior Chris Puliafico (Sharon, Mass./Sharon), who knocked a double earlier in the frame, and pull Saint Michael's to a 3-1 deficit. After Tice bunted for a single to load the bases, Livingston drew a base on balls that sent sophomore Don McGuirl (Warwick, R.I./Saint Sebastian's School) around to score.

Tice scored on an error to knot the game at three runs apiece before Buteau's sacrifice fly plated Livingston for the go-ahead run. Guild pitched a perfect eighth and ninth inning while striking out one batter in each frame to secure the win for the visitors.

In game two, Tice was 3-for-5 with two RBIs, while Wild went 2-for-4 and scored. Begnoche hit 3-for-5, McGuirl was 2-for-3 with a run and junior Nick Myers (Canton, Conn./The Master's School) struck out six batters and allowed just one earned run during a complete-game victory.

First-year Ray Triano (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) finished 3-for-4 from the plate for Adelphi, while junior Kevin Hutzel (Massapequa, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) went 2-for-4 and scored a run. Junior Stephen Bove (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Ford) suffered the loss.

Following a leadoff single in the first inning, Wild came around to score on an RBI base hit from Tice to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Myers was perfect through two frames, and Saint Michael's increased its advantage to 3-0 in the third frame after Tice and first-year Matt Feeney (Portsmouth, N.H./Portsmouth) drove in one run each. The hosts scored a run on two hits in the fifth inning before Myers allowed just two hits and no runs over the final four frames.

The Purple Knights are back in action on Thursday when they travel to face regionally-ranked Merrimack College at 4 p.m. before battling the Warriors in a road doubleheader on Friday.