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COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College baseball team (5-19) dropped both games of a doubleheader against Saint Lawrence University, losing game one 10-5 before falling 7-1 in the nightcap on Doc Jacobs Field on Friday. The Purple Knights have now lost five in a row since splitting with Lyndon State on April 14.
For Saint Michael's, freshman Tyler Wild (Quaker Hill, Conn./Saint Bernard School) paced the offense with four hits on the day including a triple and two RBIs, and senior Ben Yodzio (Hingham, Mass./Hingham) had the hot bat in game one with a 3-for-4 performance. Freshman Alec Tice (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) singled twice in game one, while junior Austin Ziskie (Chevy Chase, Md./Bethesda Chevy Chase) suffered the loss on the hill by allowing five runs on seven hits. Freshman Nick Myers (Canton, Conn./The Master's School) battled through four and two-thirds innings in game two but was saddled with the loss after giving up six runs on six hits and six walks.
The Saints pounded 23 hits between the two games, which would be plenty for the pitching staff as senior Chris Cook (Sunderland, Mass./Williston-North Hampton) and junior Jason Conde (Voorheesville, N.Y./Clayton A. Bouton) delivered complete game wins on the mound. Sophomore Carter Franz (Cazenovia, N.Y./Cazenovia) scorched the ball for a combined 4-for-9 day with a double, triple and three RBIs, and freshman Brian McGoveny (Watertown, N.Y./Immaculate Heart Central) went 4-for-6 with a double. Sophomore Matt DeLuca (Nepean, Ontario/St. Joseph Catholic) and freshman Joshin Atone (Palos Verdes, Calif./Palos Verdes Penninsula) each ripped two doubles, and sophomore Ethan Braddock (Manilus, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) was 3-for-4 in game one with a double and drove in two runs.
The Purple Knights took an early 2-1 lead in the third inning of game one after junior Bryan Geary (Milton, Vt./Milton) ripped a leadoff opposite-field single and eventually scored on a passed ball, but Saint Lawrence scored five times in the top of the fourth to take the lead for good.
The Saints scored their runs in bunches in the nightcap, plating three in the second and four in the fifth as the pitching silenced the Saint Michael's bats for the majority of the game. Freshman Nick Nelson (Spofford, N.H./Keene) came across in the second inning for the only Purple Knight run, which came unearned after senior Pete Estes (Bennington, Vt./Mount Anthony Union) laced a hard grounder that ate up the shortstop with two outs. Conde cruised on the hill the rest of the way, allowing just three hits in the final five innings.
Saint Michael's plays a rematch with Saint Lawrence tomorrow at 12 p.m.