FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Saint Michael's College baseball team played its first doubleheader of the spring on Wednesday, being swept in a pair of seven-inning contests at the hands of Southern Vermont College, 15-5 and 14-5, during the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic at Terry Park.
- Saint Michael's (2-3), Southern Vermont (3-4-1)
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS
- First-year Harrison Stampler (Miami, Fla./Coral Gables), 3-for-4, R
- Sophomore Iset Maldonado (Brooklyn, N.Y./Saint Francis Prep), 2-for-3, R, RBI
- Junior Lenin Gomez (Edison, N.J./Edison/New Jersey City), 2-for-4, RBI, 2B
- Sophomore Danté Moran (Saint Petersburg, Fla./Dixie Hollins), 2-for-4, RBI
- Sophomore Cameron Kroeger (Clearwater, Fla./Countryside), 1-for-3, 2 R, BB, 2B
- First-year JP LaBarge (Dennis, Mass./Nauset Regional), 3 IP, 8 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 4 BB, 3 K (college debut)
- Senior Dan Mason, 2-for-2, 4 R, 2 RBIs, 3 BB, HR
- Senior Ryan Serrato, 4-for-5, 3 R, 3 RBIs, 2B
- Sophomore Zac Cronk, 3-for-4, 2 R
- Senior Zack Stacey, 3-for-4, 3 R, 2 RBIs, BB, 3B
- Junior southpaw Ryan Richardson, 7 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
- The Purple Knights were only outhit 15-10.
- Two of the three Saint Michael's pitchers made their college pitching debuts.
- Southern Vermont scored in five of the six innings during which it batted.
- Southern Vermont scored three runs on two hits in the bottom of the first inning, with senior Cody Sullivan's two-run single the key hit.
- Maldonado's two-out RBI single made it 3-1 in the second, plating Kroeger.
- Four more Mountaineer runs came home on three hits and two errors in the home half, as Stacey's RBI triple was one of two run-scoring hits in the frame.
- Mason's two-out, two-run homer stretched the lead to 9-1 in the third.
- The Purple Knights struck for three runs on four fourth-inning hits. Kroeger came around on a wild pitch before sophomore Anthony Azpeitia (Tampa, Fla./King) provided a sacrifice fly and Moran ripped an RBI single with two down.
- Southern Vermont tacked on three runs in the fifth - with Serrato knocking a two-run double - and three more in the sixth.
- Gomez's RBI two-bagger scored Stampler in the seventh, but he moved no further as the game's final runner.
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS
- Azpeitia, 4-for-4, R, 2B
- Senior Trevor Allen (Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional), 3-for-3, R, 2 RBIs, BB, 2B
- Gomez, 2-for-3, RBI, 2B, HP
- Stampler, 2-for-5, RBI
- Kroeger, 0-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB
- First-year Sean Birch (Mansfield, Mass./Xaverian Brothers), 2.1 IP, 6 H, 9 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, Loss (college debut)
- Sophomore Dan Favicchio (Massapequa, N.Y./Saint John the Baptist Diocesan), 4.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
- Serrato, 3-for-4, 3 R, 4 RBIs, BB, 2B, HR, SB
- Mason, 2-for-4, 5 R, RBI, BB, 2 SB
- Cronk, 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBIs, 2B
- Junior Nick Gambardella, 3 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, No-decision
- Senior Ryan Richards, 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, Win
- Allen increased his career hits total to 97; only 12 Purple Knights have recorded 100 in more than 100 years of baseball at the College. Allen also broke a tie with Tim Pilczak '10 for second in program history in doubles, as he now has 28, within three of Nicky Elderton's '15 (31) school mark.
- Azpeitia's first career four-hit game.
- The Purple Knights outhit the Mountaineers, 13-10.
- Visiting Southern Vermont scored three runs on two hits in the top of the first inning.
- The Purple Knights countered with three in the home half on four hits, with Allen, Gomez (double) and first-year Sebastian Oetterer (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) hitting consecutive run-scoring knocks.
- The Mountaineers scored seven straight runs over the second and third innings, with Serrato hitting an RBI single during a two-run second and an RBI double in a five-run third.
- Allen picked up his second RBI in as many at bats with a run-scoring double in the third to make it 10-4.
- Southern Vermont scored single runs in the fourth and fifth, while Stampler produced an RBI single in the fourth for Saint Michael's.
- The Mountaineers tacked on insurance runs in the seventh on Serrato's two-run homer.
NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME
- Thursday vs. No. 9 Johns Hopkins (Md.) University, 12 p.m. in Fort Myers, Fla.
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