FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Saint Michael's College baseball team broke out for its most hits in six years en route to a 15-3 victory over Skidmore College on Thursday during the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic at the Terry Park Sports Complex. With their Spring Break trip complete, the Purple Knights return north 4-8. The Thoroughbreds are 3-3 after the teams' ninth all-time meeting, and first ever outside Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Saint Michael's rapped out 19 hits, its most since knocking 20 at Norwich University on April 19, 2012, while matching its highest run total since plating 17 on Caldwell University on March 10, 2013. The Purple Knights turned in five extra-base hits and three stolen bases while taking advantage of seven Skidmore errors.
First-year Cameron Kroeger (Clearwater, Fla./Countryside) was 4-for-6 with three RBIs and two doubles, while classmate Joe Webber (Marshfield, Mass./Bridgton Academy) hit 3-for-6 with three runs and two stolen bases. Junior Joe Robertson (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) finished 2-for-4 with three runs, two walks, a triple and a steal, and classmate Trevor Allen (Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) hit 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Junior reserve Sean Winthrop (Hopkinton, Mass./Lawrence Academy) was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a double.
First-years Julien Giroux-Harvey (Montreal, Québec/Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf), Iset Maldonado (Brooklyn, N.Y./Saint Francis Prep) and Danté Moran (Saint Petersburg, Fla./Dixie Hollins) all had two hits, with Giroux-Harvey scoring twice and walking once, Maldonado scoring once, driving in three and doubling, and Moran adding one run, RBI and walk. Classmate Joe Brady (Hanover, Mass./Bridgton Academy) scored twice.
Two days after providing 4.1 innings of extra-inning relief, senior Patrick Martin (Wilton, N.H./Wilton-Lyndeborough Coop/Saint Joseph's [Maine]) picked up his first college victory by yielding one run on three hits in five innings. He struck out three and walked one. During his two Florida outings, Martin allowed two runs over 9.1 frames. As the second reliever, first-year Cameron Cuellar (Seminole, Fla./Seminole) earned the three-inning save, turning in a shutout outing with two hits, two strikeouts and no walks.
Five Thoroughbreds had single hits, with senior Mike Fogarty 1-for-3 with a run and a walk. As the first of five pitchers, junior Jacob Berish allowed seven runs - but only two earned - on eight hits in 2.2 innings.
The Purple Knights led 7-0 by the third inning, as two runs scored on second-inning miscues before Maldonado stroked a two-run double to key a five-run third. Robertson, Allen and Kroeger also had RBI knocks. After first-year Jake Hardy's two-out single drove in Skidmore's first run in the home half, Saint Michael's received an RBI single from Allen in the fourth, a run-scoring single by Maldonado in the fifth, and an Allen sac fly and Kroeger RBI double in the sixth. Down 11-1, Skidmore plated a pair of runs in the seventh, but four more Purple Knights scampered home in the ninth, with each run unearned. Winthrop's two-run single was followed by RBI hits from Moran and Kroeger, with the latter doubling.
Saint Michael's returns to play in the Northeast with a three-game weekend series at Mercy College, beginning with a Saturday doubleheader at 12 p.m.