Le Moyne Comes Up Big On the Road Against American International
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After the weather caused games to be postponed on March 26 and 27, the Le Moyne College baseball team released all that pent-up energy in an offensive explosion on April 2 at American International College in Springfield, Mass., cruising to a 9-4 victory.
If you love a good pitching duel then this was definitely not the game for you, as both teams combined for 24 hits in the contest, leading to 13 runs crossing the plate.
In the third inning the Dolphins racked up three doubles and two triples, starting their offensive momentum that continued throughout the game.
Redshirt sophomore second baseman Ben Walsh opened the scoring for the Dolphins with an RBI double, one of his two RBIs on the day. He was not on the bases long, as the next batter, sophomore third baseman Camillo Spinoso, laced an RBI triple to centerfield. He also finished the day with two hits and two RBIs. Le Moyne kept it moving as sophomore designated hitter Nick Place roped an RBI double, scoring Spinoso. Not to be outdone in his home state, junior left fielder JT Pittman smacked a triple to the opposite field, bringing Place into score. After Pittman scored on a passed ball, it was sophomore shortstop Josiah Gray who ripped an RBI double down the left field line.
Le Moyne put up five hits and scored six runs in the third inning alone, and after adding three more in the top of the sixth senior starting pitcher Damian Powers had all the confidence he needed to turn in six strong innings for the Dolphins. He picked up his first win on the season.
American International was able to manage a few late runs to cut the deficit to five, but their efforts were futile once junior Cody Barnes took the mound. The lefty shut things down, throwing two scoreless innings and striking out three.
Le Moyne moves to 14-8 overall and 2-1 in conference play. The Dolphins fell out of the top 25 rankings last week, but with a few more wins like this there is no reason they can’t climb back in.