February 25, 2011

BSB: REDMOND BLASTS THREE-RUN HOMER AS DOLPHINS PICK UP FIRST VICTORY WITH 11-7 WIN OVER JAMES MADISON

Harrisonburg, Va. – Sophomore second baseman Vincent Redmond (Ithaca, N.Y./Lansing/Garrett College) drilled a go-ahead three-run homer to lead the Le Moyne College baseball team to an 11-7 win over James Madison on Friday afternoon at Eagle Field at Veteran Memorial Park. The win marked the first of his career for first-year head coach Scott Cassidy '98.

The Dukes got on the board first with a run in the second inning. David Herbek led off the frame with a triple to left center and scored on a passed ball to the next batter.

Le Moyne answered back with a pair of runs on two hits and an error in the top of the third. Junior center fielder Brett Botsford (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) opened the inning with a double through the left side and moved to third two batters later on a fielder's choice. After a walk to sophomore designated hitter Brian Stinson (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Valley) to load the bases, sophomore first baseman Kody O'Connor (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico) followed with a single through the left side to drive in Botsford and junior shortstop Matt Marra (Brewerton, N.Y./Central Square).

James Madison, which scored 91 runs in a four-game sweep of Bucknell last weekend, got the two runs back in the bottom of the inning with back-to-back one-out solo home runs by Johnny Bladel and Trevor Knight.

The Dolphins added six runs over the next three innings to take an 8-3 lead after five and one-half innings. In the fourth, freshman right fielder Pat Wiese (Fayetteville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) led off by drawing a walk, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, advanced to third on a single by Botsford and scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by sophomore left fielder Zack Wiley (Toluca Woods, Calif./Crespi).

After a James Madison pitching change to start the fifth, Stinson was hit by a pitch and sophomore third baseman Ryan Mahoney (Clay, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) followed two batters later with a single to first base. Redmond then drilled a three-run homer to left field for a 6-3 advantage.

The Dolphins capped their six-run burst with two runs on a pair of hits in the top of the sixth. Botsford was walked to open the inning, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single through the left side by Wiley. Following a pair of outs, O'Connor single to left field to knock in Wiley from second.

The Dukes responded in the bottom of the sixth with two runs on four hits to get back to within 8-5. Knight and Jake Lowery led off the frame with consecutive singles. After an out, Matt Tenaglia singled through the left side to plate Knight. Bradley Shaban then doubled through the right side to drive in Lowery and knock senior reliever Tom McDermott (Amsterdam, N.Y./Amsterdam) out of the game. Junior righty Ed Kohout (Clarence, N.Y./Clarence/Genesee C.C.) got out of the jam with a strike out and a ground out.

After a scoreless seventh inning, the Dolphins struck for three runs on two hits in the eighth inning. Botsford opened the frame with a single up the middle and moved to second on a sac bunt by Wiley. After a James Madison pitching change and a strike out, Stinson and O'Connor drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Trent Cundiff then threw a wild pitch to allow Botsford to score and move Stinson and O'Connor up a base. Mahoney then doubled to left field to drive in Stinson and O'Connor.

James Madison scored single runs in the eighth and ninth innings, but could not get any closer than the final score. In the eighth, Shaban doubled down the left field line with two outs and came around to score as Tyler McFarland reached on a throwing error. In the ninth, Alex Foltz doubled down the left field line to open the frame, moved to third on a fly out to left center and scored on a ground out to the shortstop.

McDermott earned his 12th career win by tossing two and one-third innings out of the bullpen, while allowing two runs on five hits and striking out a pair of Dukes. Kohout pitched the final three and two-third innings, while yielding two runs (one earned) on three hits and striking out three batters, to record his first save. Botsford finished the game with three hits and three runs scored, while O'Connor and Mahoney each had two hits. O'Connor (3), Redmond (3), Mahoney (2) and Wiley (2) accounted for Le Moyne's 10 runs batted in.

James Weiner suffered the loss for the Dukes after giving up six runs on five hits over three and one-third innings out of the bullpen. James Madison's top three hitters (Foltz, Bladel and Knight) each registered two hits, while Shaban also had a pair of hits.

Le Moyne (1-3), which scored double-digit runs for just the fifth time in the last 10 seasons in the month of February, continues its four-game series with the Dukes on Saturday with a doubleheader. First pitch of the day's seven-inning contest is at 12:00 p.m., with a nine-inning game to follow.