Offense Struggles, Baseball Drops Pair At UMass Lowell

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LOWELL, Mass. - The Saint Michael's College baseball team (4-13) continued to struggle at the plate in 6-1 and 10-0 losses at regionally-ranked University of Massachusetts Lowell on Tuesday.  

In the nightcap, sophomore Vinny DiPierro (Tewksbury, Mass.) threw the first no-hitter for UMass Lowell since 1999, as the River Hawks earned the seven-inning shutout. DiPierro allowed just two baserunners - one on a hit by pitch and the other on an error - and struck out eight to improve to 2-0 on the season, and help UMass Lowell (24-6) complete the sweep.

Also for UMass Lowell in game two, senior Sean Burns (Colchester, Vt.) doubled, singled twice, scored two runs and drove in a pair, while junior Mark Sanborn (Hopkinton, Mass.) also had three base hits. Junior Matt Jacobs (Hudson, Mass.) doubled, singled and scored three runs as the hosts scored in each of the last four innings.

Sophomore Andrew Kelley (Lincoln, N.H./Lin-Wood) took the game two loss, allowing seven runs in 4.2 innings pitched with three strikeouts. Junior Tim McDonnell (Durham, N.H./Oyster River) broke up the perfect game, as he reached on an error with one out in the fourth inning, and freshman Tyler Wild (Quaker Hill, Conn./Saint Bernard School) reached on a hit by pitch in the sixth inning.

In the opener, UMass Lowell scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to snap a one-all tie and earn the win. All three runs in the inning scored on a double by freshman Dylan Flynn (Upton, Mass.), while junior Cam Kneeland (Rowley, Mass.) tripled and had an RBI in the opening victory. Freshman Mike Calzetta (Lawrence, Mass.) struck out five and allowed just five hits in seven innings to improve to 4-0 on the season.

Junior Austin Ziskie (Chevy Chase, Md./Bethesda Chevy Chase) threw well in the opener for the Purple Knights, allowing just three earned runs in 6.2 innings. Junior Chad Estey (New Haven, Vt./Mount Abraham Union) doubled for the lone Saint Michael's extra-base hit on the day, while sophomore Collin Fishman (Bethesda, Md./Bethesda Chevy Chase) drove in the lone Purple Knights' run with a fourth-inning sacrifice fly. 

Saint Michael's will look to snap its eight-game losing skid on Thursday, as the Purple Knights host Lyndon State College in a 3 p.m. doubleheader.