Seton Hill slips by No. 6 LeMoyne
Griffins, Dolphins combine for 13 home runs in wild affair
WILLIAMSTON, N.C. -- Seton Hill came out victorious in a wild contest with LeMoyne on Friday afternoon. The teams combined for 33 runs, 13 home runs and 37 hits as the Griffins walked off with a 17-16 victory. Seton Hill improves to 3-0 on the season.
LeMoyne took the lead in the top of the first, scoring off a wild pitch. The Dolphins added two more in the top of the second on a two run homer, the first of many home runs in the contest.
Seton Hill responded with a seven spot in the bottom of the second. After Mike Leviseur walked, Cody Herald homered to cut the lead to 3-2. The LeMoyne starter then hit a wild streak and either hit or walked four of the next five hitters. Nick Sell then gave the Griffins a 7-3 lead with a three-run homer.
LeMoyne answered with three runs in the top of the third to cut the SHU lead to 7-6 on back-to-back-to-back homers. Those three homers occurred on four pitches. The home run derby continued as Alex Hetrick hit a two run homer in the bottom of the third to push the SHU lead back to 9-6.
LeMoyne tied the contest at nine with a three-run homer in the top of the fourth. The Griffins were held off the scoreboard in the fourth and LeMoyne retook the lead at 11-9 in the top of the fifth.
Seton Hill responded with a five spot in the bottom of the fifth. Brendan Costantino knocked in the first three runs of the inning with a double. Costantino scored on a RBI groundout by Hetrick and Nick Erminio capped off the scoring with a homer to make it 14-11 after five innings.
The score didn’t stay that way for long as LeMoyne hit a leadoff homer in the top of the sixth. The Dolphins added one more run to cut the SHU lead to 14-13. Leviseur joined the home run club with a solo shot in the sixth. Herald scored on a Costantino single to increase the SHU lead to 16-13 after six innings.
In a shocking change of events, neither team was able to score in the seventh. LeMoyne ended the scoreless inning with three runs in the top of the eighth to tie the score at 16. Griffin reliever Jon Murphy was able to get out of a second and third one out jam in the top of the ninth with two ground balls to second base to set up the heroics in the bottom of the ninth.
Pat McCarthy led off with a single and advanced to second on an error. After a hit batsman, Sell singled to center to score McCarthy and give the Griffins a thrilling 17-16 win.
Cody Herald led the Griffins with four hits, while Nick Sell and Mike Leviseur each added three. Jon Murphy earns the win in relief, throwing a scoreless ninth.