May 3, 2011

BSB: DOLPHINS DOUBLE UP UALBANY ON THE ROAD, 10-5, 6-3

Albany, N.Y. – Senior right fielder Don Schaaf (Medford, N.Y./Longwood HS) and junior center fielder Brett Botsford (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) each went 4-for-6 to lead the Le Moyne College baseball team to a doubleheader sweep of UAlbany on Tuesday afternoon at Varsity Field. The Dolphins won the opening game, 10-5, and took the nightcap, 6-3.

The Dolphins opened the scoring in the first game with three runs on two hits and an error in the first inning. Freshman left fielder Pat Wiese (Fayetteville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) reached on an error by the third baseman to lead off the game and moved to third on a single through the right side by junior third baseman Matt Marra (Brewerton, N.Y./Central Square). After Marra stole second, he moved to third on a passed ball that allowed Wiese to score. Following a walk by Botsford to put runners at the corners, Marra scored on a passed ball. Two batters later, Schaaf singled through the left side to drive in Botsford.

Le Moyne added four runs on three hits in the top of the second inning. Sophomore second Vincent Redmond (Ithaca, N.Y./Lansing/Garrett College) opened the frame by drawing a walk and moved to second on a passed ball. Junior catcher Kyle Kalaka (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Roy C. Ketcham) then drew a walk, with Redmond moving to third on as ball four got away from the catcher. Wiese followed with a sacrifice fly to center field to drive in Redmond. After a Marra single through the right side and a UAlbany pitching change, Botsford singled through the left side to knock in Kalaka. Sophomore shortstop Ryan Mahoney (Clay, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) then singled to right field to drive in Marra and Botsford.

UAlbany got on the scoreboard in the third inning with a run on two hits. Following a single through the right side by center fielder Nolan Gaige, shortstop Kyle Crean doubled to right field with two outs to drive in Gaige.

The Dolphins got the run back in the top of the fourth without recording a hit. Botsford reached on an error by the first baseman to open the inning and proceeded to steal second base. After advancing to third on a fly out, Botsford scored on a sac fly by Schaaf.

Le Moyne extended its lead to 10-1 in the sixth with two runs on three hits. Marra walked and advanced to third on a single through the left side by Botsford. Mahoney then singled through the left side to drive in Marra. Following an out and a single to right center by sophomore designated hitter/catcher Brian Stinson (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Valley), Mahoney scored as Stinson intentionally got himself caught in a rundown on a stolen-base attempt.

The Great Danes scored four times in the bottom of the sixth on two hits and a Le Moyne error to close within 10-5. Gaige was hit by a pitch, Crean walked and Greg Muller drew a walk to load the bases without any outs. Josh Nethaway followed with a double to right center to knock in Gaige and Crean. Mike Tirri then singled to right field to plate Muller. After a Le Moyne pitching change, a hit batsman and an out at home, Tirri scored as Josy Espinal reached on a fielder's choice.

Senior southpaw Tom McDermott (Amsterdam, N.Y./Amsterdam) earned his third win of the season after striking out two batters over five-plus innings pitched, while allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits. Brian Gauthier took the loss after giving up six runs (four earned) on three hits in one and one-third innings pitched. Marra, Botsford and Mahoney each had two hits, while Marra and Botsford had three runs scored apiece.

In the nightcap, the Dolphins scored twice on three hits and an error in the second inning. Mahoney led off the frame by drawing a walk and advanced to second on a failed pick-off attempt by the pitcher. Following a single to the shortstop by Schaaf, Stinson pushed a bunt down the first baseline to drive in Mahoney. Two batters later, Redmond singled to the shortstop to knock in Schaaf.

Le Moyne extended its lead to 5-0 with three runs on three hits in the third inning. With one out and Mahoney on first and Botsford on second, Schaaf doubled to right field to knock in Botsford. After Mahoney scored on a passed ball, Stinson singled through the left side to drive in Schaaf.

UAlbany scored a run on one hit in the fourth inning to get on the scoreboard. Following a double to right field by Tirri, second baseman Jeff Welsh lifted a sacrifice fly to center to drive in Nethaway, who reached on a fielder's choice.

The Dolphins pushed their lead back to five with a run on two hits in the fifth inning. Botsford led off the inning with a single to left field and moved to second on a sac bunt by Mahoney. Schaaf then singled to center field to plate Botsford.

The Great Danes closed out the scoring in the game with a pair of runs on a hit and a Le Moyne error in the bottom of the fifth. Third baseman Ralph Rizzo walked with one out and advanced to second on a single to right by Gaige. On an error by the pitcher as Crean reached on a fielder's choice, Rizzo was able to score. After a Le Moyne pitching change, Gaige scored from third on a sac fly to center by Muller.

Junior left-hander Mike Anarumo (Levittown, N.Y./MacArthur) improved to 3-1 on the year after striking out two over four and one-third innings pitched, while yielding three runs (one earned) on four hits. Junior righty Ed Kohout (Clarence, N.Y./Clarence/Genesee C.C.) earned his fourth save after tossing the final two and two-thirds innings, while striking out two. Schaaf posted three hits in the game, while Botsford and sophomore designated hitter Zack Wiley (Toluca Woods, Calif./Crespi) had two hits each. Kevin Archbold took the loss after giving up five runs on six hits over three innings pitched.

Le Moyne (17-27), which has won 19 of the 25 all-time meetings with the Great Danes, returns to action on Wednesday for a doubleheader with Canisius at 2:00 p.m. Prior to the game, the senior class of McDermott, Schaaf, southpaw Cory Nelson (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) and right-hander Jeff Tardiff (Framingham, Mass./Framingham) will be honored for their contributions to the program. Tardiff will start the first game against the Golden Griffs, while Nelson will start the second