SAVANNAH, Ga. — Ed Kohout threw a four-hit shutout to lead 14th-ranked Le Moyne to a split of a doubleheader with Wayne State (Neb.) on Thursday afternoon at the Savannah Invitational at Grayson Stadium. The Dolphins won the opener 1-0 before falling 3-1 in the nightcap.
After battling to a scoreless tie for the first six innings, the Dolphins recorded the walk-off victory in the bottom of the seventh of the opening game. Matthew Ciraco drew a walk to open the inning. After a Wayne State pitching change, Kody O’Connor reached on a bunt single. Following a throwing error that allowed Ciraco to move to third and a strikeout, Vincent Redmond was intentionally walked to load the bases. Brett Botsford was then hit by a pitch to force in Ciraco with the game-winning run.
Kohout struck out six batters and faced just five batters over the minimum in registering his first victory of the season. O’Connor went 2-for-3 in the game as the only player from either team to record multiple hits. Tom Doran took the loss for the Wildcats after issuing the seventh-inning walk to Ciraco.
In the nightcap, the Wildcats scored single runs in each of the first two innings to jump in front. Pat Burkhart led off the game by drawing a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Two batters later, Travis Parsons singled to drive in Burkhart. In the second inning, Michael Herman singled with one out, moved to second on a passed ball and came around to score on a single to right field by Jake Ritzdorf.
Wayne State added an insurance run on two hits in the top of the sixth inning. Braulio Acosta led off with a single and advanced to second on a single by Mike Bisenius. After a double play erased Bisenius at second and Justin Beranek drew a walk, Acosta scored on the Wildcats third run off a double-steal.
The Dolphins scored once on two hits and a Wayne State error in the bottom of the seventh, but left the potential tying run stranded at first. Ryan Mahoney led off the frame with a double to left and moved to third on a ground out. After the inning’s second out, Paul Speicher reached on a throwing error that allowed Mahoney to score. Brian Stinson then singled to left to bring the winning run to the plate, but Nick Ragan was able to register his only strikeout of the game to end the contest.
Le Moyne’s Jon Dunn took the loss after yielding two runs (one earned) over five innings in his first collegiate start. Ragan earned the victory for the Wildcatsafter not allowing an earned run in the complete-game performance.