BSB: KUZMA GOES THE DISTANCE AS LE MOYNE DEFEATS NEW ORLEANS, 8-2
Lynchburg, Va. – Junior southpaw Mark Kuzma (Waverly, N.Y./Waverly) threw a complete-game seven-hitter to lead the Le Moyne College baseball team to an 8-2 win over New Orleans on Saturday night in the fourth game of the Liberty Tournament at Worthington Stadium.
The Dolphins got the scoring in the game started with two runs on two hits and a New Orleans error in the third inning. Sophomore second baseman Vincent Redmond (Ithaca, N.Y./Lansing/Garrett College) led off the inning with a single up the middle. Following a pair of outs, Redmond scored from second on a single through the left side by junior third baseman Matt Marra (Brewerton, N.Y./Central Square). Junior center fielder Brett Botsford (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) then reached on a throwing error by the shortstop that allowed Marra to score from second base.
New Orleans answered back with two runs on three hits and a Le Moyne error in the bottom of the third. Center fielder Blake LeBlanc doubled to right center with two outs and came in to score on a single up the middle by shortstop Beau Boudreaux, who advanced to second on a throwing error by the center fielder. Second baseman Zach Pohto then singled through the right side to drive in Boudreaux.
Le Moyne took the lead in the top of the sixth inning with three runs on three hits. Sophomore shortstop Ryan Mahoney (Clay, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) led off the inning with a single through the left side and moved to third on a single to left field by senior right fielder Don Schaaf (Medford, N.Y./Longwood HS). After an out and a walk by sophomore first baseman Kody O'Connor (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico) to load the bases, Redmond laid down a bunt single back to the pitcher to drive in Mahoney. Two batters later, sophomore left fielder Zack Wiley (Toluca Woods, Calif./Crespi) was hit by a pitch to force in Schaaf. Marra then drew a walk to force home O'Connor.
The Dolphins closed out the scoring in the game with three runs on two hits in the ninth inning. After Marra doubled and Mahoney walked around an out, Schaaf blasted a home run against the Privateers for the second straight day to deliver the final score.
Kuzma struck out six in recording his second complete game of the season, while allowing just the two runs (one earned) on seven hits. Marra and sophomore catcher Brian Stinson (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Valley) led Le Moyne's offensive attack with three hits each, while Schaaf, O'Connor and Redmond had two hits apiece. Tyler Sanders took the loss for New Orleans after giving up five runs (four earned) on nine hits over six innings pitched, while striking out six.
Le Moyne (15-25), which beat the same team on back-to-back days for the first time this season after topping the Privateers, 9-2, on Friday, closes out play at the Liberty Tournament on Sunday against the host Flames at 3:00 p.m