May 4, 2011

BSB: TARDIFF AND NELSON LEAD DOLPHINS TO SWEEP OF CANISIUS ON SENIOR DAY, 1-0, 5-2

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Syracuse, N.Y. – Senior pitchers Jeff Tardiff (Framingham, Mass./Framingham) and Cory Nelson (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) each tossed a four-hitter to lead the Le Moyne College baseball team to a doubleheader sweep of Canisius on Wednesday afternoon at Dick Rockwell Field. The Dolphins edged the Golden Griffins, 1-0, in the opener and registered a 5-2 win in the nightcap.

In the opening game, the Dolphins scored the only run on two hits in the fourth inning. Junior third baseman Matt Marra (Brewerton, N.Y./Central Square) singled to left to open the frame and moved to third on a pair of passed balls around an out. Following the second out of the inning and a walk to put runners at the corners, sophomore designated hitter/catcher Brian Stinson (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Valley) singled through the left side to drive in Marra.

Tardiff scattered four hits in going the distance for the eighth time in his career, while striking out three batters to move into fifth place on the program's all-time list for most strikeouts with 186. Alex Tufts suffered the loss after giving up just the unearned run on four hits over six innings pitched, while striking out five.

In the nightcap, Canisius got on the scoreboard first with a run on a hit and two Le Moyne errors in the third inning. Center fielder Will Chomicki singled up the middle with one out and moved to second as second baseman Jose Torralba reached on catcher's interference. After Chomicki advanced to third on a fly out, he scored on an error by the third baseman on pick-off attempt by the catcher.

The Dolphins evened the score at one apiece on two hits in the bottom of the fourth. Stinson doubled down the right field line with one out and advanced to third on a single up the middle by sophomore first baseman Kody O'Connor (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico). Sophomore second baseman Vincent Redmond (Ithaca, N.Y./Lansing/Garrett College) followed by lifting a sacrifice fly to right field to plate Stinson.

Le Moyne took the lead in the fifth with three runs on two hits and a Canisius error. After Marra and junior center fielder Brett Botsford (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) drew back-to-back walks with one out to force the second pitching change of the inning, sophomore shortstop Ryan Mahoney (Clay, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) doubled to right center to drive in Marra. Senior right fielder Don Schaaf (Medford, N.Y./Longwood HS) then singled to center to knock in Botsford and Mahoney.

The Griffs closed within 4-2 in the sixth with a run without getting a hit. Shortstop Sean Jamieson worked a walk to open the frame and moved to third with one out on a pair of wild pitches. Third baseman Drew Pettit followed with a sacrifice fly to center field to drive in Jamieson.

The Dolphins closed out the scoring in the contest with a run on one hit in the bottom of the sixth. Redmond led off by drawing a walk, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and came around to score on a single to right center by freshman left fielder Pat Wiese (Fayetteville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy).

Nelson earned his second win in five days after striking out four batters over six innings on the mound, while yielding two runs (one earned) on four hits. Junior Erik Lambe (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) earned his first save of the season by tossing a scoreless seventh inning. Ryan Fennell, whose late father Michael was an All-American catcher for the Dolphins from 1979-1982, took the loss for the Griffs after walking the only two batters (Marra and Botsford) he faced in the fifth inning.

Le Moyne (19-27), which has won all five games against the Griffs over the last two seasons (including four one-run games), returns to the diamond on Saturday for a doubleheader at Lafayette at 12:00 p.m