April 22, 2011

BSB: SCHAAF RECORDS FOUR HITS AS DOLPHINS RALLY FOR 10-6 WIN AT FLORIDA GULF COAST

Fort Myers, Fla. – Senior right fielder Don Schaaf (Medford, N.Y./Longwood HS) went 4-for-5 with three runs batted in, including the game-winning run, to lead the Le Moyne College baseball team to a 10-6 come-from-behind win over Florida Gulf Coast on Friday night at Swanson Stadium.

The Eagles got on the scoreboard first with a run on one hit in the first inning. Shortstop Brandon Bednar drew a walk with one out and came around to score on a double to right center by third baseman Tim Roberson.

The Dolphins evened the score at one on two hits in the fourth inning. Junior center fielder Brett Botsford (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) led off with a single through the left side, stole second and moved to third on a ground out. Schaaf then singled back to the pitcher to drive in Botsford.

Florida Gulf Coast, which has won three straight Atlantic Sun Conference regular season titles and was picked to win the league again this season, regained the lead in the bottom of the inning with three runs on five hits. Catcher Mike Reeves had a ground-rule double to right center with one out and moved to third on a single to right field by right fielder Javi Sujo. Center fielder Jake Foley then doubled down the left field line to knock in Reeves. Left fielder Sean Dwyer followed with a two-run double to center to plate Sujo and Foley.

Le Moyne closed within 4-3 in the sixth with two runs on two hits. Sophomore second baseman Vincent Redmond (Ithaca, N.Y./Lansing/Garrett College) led off with a single up the middle, moved to second on a walk by Botsford and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Sophomore shortstop Ryan Mahoney (Clay, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) then grounded out to the shortstop to drive in Redmond. Schaaf followed with a single to left field to knock in Botsford.

The Eagles pushed their lead back to three with two runs on a pair of hits and a Le Moyne error in the bottom of the sixth. Designated hitter Stephen Wickens reached on an error by the third baseman with two outs and advanced to second on a walk by second baseman Mikel Alvarez. Bednar then singled to the shortstop to load the bases. Roberson followed with a double to left center to drive in Wickens and Alvarez.

The Dolphins took the lead for the first time with four runs on four hits and a Florida Gulf Coast error in the seventh inning. Junior catcher Kyle Kalaka (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Roy C. Ketcham) and freshman left fielder Pat Wiese (Fayetteville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) recorded back-to-back singles with one-out to start the rally. After a fly out and a walk to Botsford to load the bases, Mahoney singled up the middle to drive in Kalaka and Wiese. Botsford was then able to score the game-tying run on a failed pick-off attempt of Mahoney at first base. Schaaf then singled up the middle to plate Mahoney with the go-ahead run.

Le Moyne added three insurance runs on four hits in the ninth inning. With one out, Mahoney singled up the middle and advanced to second on a single through the right side by Schaaf. Sophomore designated hitter Brian Stinson (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Valley) then laid down a bunt single to drive in Mahoney. Schaaf then scored and Stinson advanced to second on a passed ball. Two batters later, junior shortstop Matt Marra (Brewerton, N.Y./Central Square) singled to left field to knock in Stinson with the game's final run.

JuniorErik Lambe (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) earned the win by tossing one and one-third scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Junior Ed Kohout (Clarence, N.Y./Clarence/Genesee C.C.) picked up his third save of the season by striking out one over two scoreless innings. Schaaf had four of Le Moyne's 14 hits, while Wiese, Mahoney and Kalaka each had a pair of hits. Jack Wagoner suffered the loss after not recording an out and giving up an unearned run and two hits.

Le Moyne (13-23), which has won three of its last five games in the state of Florida, continues its three-game series with the Eagles on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.