GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College baseball team was swept in a doubleheader by regionally-ranked Adelphi University, 12-5 and 9-2 in seven innings, on Sunday at Bonomo Field. The Purple Knights are 0-4 overall and 0-4 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Panthers are 13-7 and 3-1. Adelphi, which was the 2016 NE10 Southwest Division co-champion, is 10th in the latest National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) East Region poll.
In the opener, sophomore Sean Winthrop (Hopkinton, Mass./Lawrence Academy) was 2-for-3 with two runs, a walk and a stolen base, while senior Drew Salk (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) singled in his only at bat while drawing two bases on balls and being hit by a pitch. Sophomore Joe Robertson (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) was 2-for-5 with a run, classmate Calvin Holland (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) went 1-for-2 with two walks, and senior Kyle Cone (York, Maine/York) finished 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk. Sophomore Christian Devine (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) took the loss after allowing five runs on five hits in three innings.
Junior Kory Cassara led Adelphi with a 3-for-5 performance with two runs and a double, while sophomore Brandon Morse had a 2-for-4 day with three RBIs. Senior Chris Lemorocco picked up the win in relief after firing one scoreless frame.
First-year Connor Hopkins (Windham, N.H./Windham) led off the game with a walk before advancing to second on Robertson's single and eventually scoring on a passed ball, while Robertson made it 2-0 by coming home on junior PJ Jasak's (Palmer, Mass./Wilbraham & Monson Academy/Le Moyne) groundout. Four straight Panthers had an RBI in a four-run third inning before Cone's single to score Winthrop made it 4-3 in the fourth.
Adelphi pulled away by scoring in each the fourth through eighth innings, including plating three in the sixth. Jasak and Winthrop came home for the Purple Knights on the same play in the eighth, as sophomore Harry Southworth's (Taunton, Mass./Coyle & Cassidy) RBI fielder's choice was followed by an infield error.
In game two, sophomore Matt Downing (Hanover, Mass./Archbishop Williams) was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI, senior Steven Auger (Hopkinton, N.H./Hopkinton) went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk, and sophomore Trevor Allen (Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) was 1-for-2 with a walk. Classmate Dan Flynn (Williamstown, Mass./Mount Greylock Regional) had a hit, a run and a steal, and junior Morgan Wilson (Reading, Pa./Exeter Township Senior) allowed four earned runs on four hits in four innings over his initial college start.
Senior Eric Hassell was 2-for-3 with three RBIs for Adelphi, while junior Steven Withers went 1-for-2 with two runs, an RBI and two walks. Classmate Steven Kuhn worked the first 4.1 innings to nab the win, allowing two runs on six hits.
Hassell's sacrifice fly in the first inning plated the opening run before Downing and Auger countered with back-to-back two-out RBI singles in the second, giving the visitors a 2-1 edge. However, four Panthers scored thanks to the aid of only two hits in the home half, and the hosts tacked on four more runs between the fourth and sixth innings, when five Saint Michael's batters reached but were stranded.
The Purple Knights visit Southern New Hampshire University on Wednesday at 3 p.m. The Penmen are ranked seventh in both the D2 Baseball News and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) national polls while having qualified for the past five NCAA Tournaments, including finishing as last year's East Region runner-up.