Purple Knights Swept by Nationally-Regarded Le Moyne

Purple Knights Swept by Nationally-Regarded Le Moyne

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College baseball team was swept in a doubleheader by national-regarded Le Moyne College, 5-0 and 13-3, on Friday at Onondaga Community College's Onondaga Baseball Complex. The Purple Knights are 4-13 overall after losing their Northeast-10 Conference-opening contests, while the Dolphins, who are receiving votes toward this week's National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) national poll and are third in the East Region rankings, improved to 16-6 in their league openers.

Junior Trevor Allen (Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) went 2-for-4 with a triple in the opener for the visitors, while first-year Joe Webber (Marshfield, Mass./Bridgton Academy) walked and stole a base. Graduate student Nick Dorcean (Bellerose, N.Y./Archbishop Molloy/SUNY Old Westbury) had his best start in his first season as a Purple Knight, taking a one-hitter into the sixth inning before settling for the setback. He allowed four runs on four hits in six innings, striking out three and walking three.

Redshirt junior Ben Walsh was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two triples for Le Moyne, and classmate Andrew Taft was 2-for-4 with two runs and a double. Junior Josiah Gray, the NE10 leader in strikeouts and wins while standing second in earned run average, tossed a three-hit shutout, walking one and striking out nine.

Allen led off the visitors' half of the second inning with a single but moved no further, and Webber walked to begin the third and stole second before being stranded. Sophomore Nicholas Jacques' two-out RBI double put Le Moyne on the board in the second inning as the lone hit Dorcean yielded to the first 18 batters, but the hosts broke through with three runs in the sixth, as junior Nick Place's sacrifice fly plated the first before Walsh's two-out, two-run triple made it 4-0.

Allen tripled with one out in the seventh and sophomore Connor Hopkins (Windham, N.H./Windham) was hit by a pitch and stole second, but Gray fanned the final two hitters. Walsh's second triple, with two down in the eighth, scored Taft to produce the final score.

First-years Cameron Kroeger (Clearwater, Fla./Countryside) and Danté Moran (Saint Petersburg, Fla./Dixie Hollins) both hit 2-for-5 in the second game, with Kroeger driving in two and Moran scoring once, while Allen finished 1-for-3 with a run and two walks. Junior Joe Robertson (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) doubled and walked while scoring once, and first-year Joe Brady (Hanover, Mass./Bridgton Academy) was 1-for-3 with a walk. Classmate Anthony Azpeitia (Tampa, Fla./King) walked twice and drove in a run, and first-year Zach Rodgers (Parrish, Fla./Manatee) took the loss after allowing seven earned runs in three-plus innings. As the fifth and final reliever, classmate Cameron Cuellar (Seminole, Fla./Seminole) had the cleanest inning of relief, striking out two of the three batters he faced.

Place was 2-for-3 with three runs, an RBI, a walk and a double, and Walsh ended up 2-for-3 with a run, two RBIs, a double and two walks. Senior Brian Cox went 2-for-4 with three runs and two walks, and junior Sam Walsh picked up the win after allowing three runs on six hits in five innings. He struck out 10.

Kroeger's two-out, two-run single scored Moran and Robertson in the first inning, but Le Moyne countered with three runs each of the next two innings, with junior Camillo Spinoso's two-run single keying the first and Place and Ben Walsh adding run-scoring hits in the second. Jacques' two-run single triggered a five-run fourth. Saint Michael's got a run back in the sixth when Azpeitia walked with the bases loaded, but the visitors left the bags packed in each that and the following inning. The Dolphins added single runs in the seventh and eighth.

With the Purple Knights' doubleheader originally scheduled for tomorrow at The College of Saint Rose having been canceled, they play next on Tuesday against Saint Anselm College, squaring off under the lights at Franklin Pierce University at 7 p.m.