No. 27 Le Moyne wins a pair
Stinson hits two home runs to lift the Dolphins to victory
MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. -- Junior catcher Brian Stinson blasted a pair of home runs to lead the No. 27 Le Moyne to a doubleheader sweep of No. 6 Mount Olive on Saturday afternoon at Scarborough Field. The Dolphins won the opening game, 8-6, in 11 innings and posted a 7-3 victory in the nightcap.
The Dolphins opened the scoring in the first game with four runs on three hits in the first inning. Sophomore left fielder Pat Wiese led off the game with a single to left field. Following a pair of outs around a walk to senior center fielder Brett Botsford, junior shortstop Ryan Mahoney singled to center to drive in Wiese. Stinson then connected on a three-run homer to right field.
Mount Olive (5-3), a national semifinalist last year, got one of the runs back in the bottom of the frame. After catcher Geno Escalante doubled to center with two outs and Jacob Rogers was hit by a pitch, Bradon Reitano registered a single to right field to drive in Escalante.
The Trojans added another run in the second inning as Jermaine Berry singled to center to lead off the inning, moved to second on a one-out single by Cameron Sherrer and came around to score on a two-out Le Moyne error.
Mount Olive evened the score at four apiece in the third inning as Berry connected on a two-out, two-run homer to left field that also scored Escalante, who reached on a lead-off single to right field.
Le Moyne took the lead back in the fourth inning with a pair of runs on one hit and two Mount Olive errors. After Stinson and junior first baseman Kody O'Connorwere hit by pitches and junior designated hitter Zack Wiley was walked to open the frame, junior second baseman Vincent Redmond drove in Stinson with a ground out. O'Connor then scored on a failed pick-off attempt.
Mount Olive forced extras by scoring twice in the bottom of the ninth inning. After Antonio Callaway and Escalante drew one-out walks, Rogers singled to center to plate Callaway. Following a walk to Reitano to load the bases and a Le Moyne pitching change, Berry drove in Escalante with a ground out to first. Senior third baseman/pitcher Matt Marra preserved the tie by striking out Daniel Coffey to end the inning.
Following a scoreless 10th inning, Stinson led off the 11th with a solo home run to left field. Two batters later, Wiley doubled to left and then moved over to third on an error by the second baseman. Wiese followed with a single to right to drive in Wiley.
Junior righty Kevin Carroll picked up the win out of the bullpen by getting the final out of the 10th and then getting three outs in the 11th. Wiese, senior right fielder Matthew Ciraco, Marra and Stinson each recorded a pair of hits in the game. Talton Cherry took the loss for the Trojans after allowing two runs (one earned) over six innings out of the bullpen.
In the nightcap, the Dolphins started the scoring with a run in the top of the second inning. Marra led off the inning with a single and came around to score on a double to left by Mahoney.
The Trojans answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead. Following a two-out infield single by Berry, Coffey smacked a two-run homer to left field.
The lead was short-lived as the Dolphins evened the score in the third. Ciraco drew a two-out walk and advanced to second on a single to right by Botsford. Marra then singled to left to plate Ciraco.
Le Moyne took the lead for good with four runs on three hits and two Mount Olive errors in the fifth inning. Wiese opened the inning with a double to center and moved to third on a ground out. After a walk to Botsford, Wiese scored on a failed pickoff attempt of Botsford. Marra then doubled to left to knock in Botsford from second. On a single to left by Mahoney, Marra was able to score on an error by the left fielder, which allowed Mahoney to get all the way to third. Mahoney then scored on a wild pitch.
After the Dolphins tacked on an insurance run in the sixth on an RBI single to center by Ciraco, Mount Olive completed the day's scoring with a single run in the bottom of the seventh. Rogers opened the inning with a double, advanced to third on a single to center by Nick Gaeta and scored on a wild pitch.
Junior righty Derek Zielinski earned the win after striking out a career-high 11 batters in his second career complete game, while allowing just five hits. Marra went 4-for-4 in the game with two RBI and two runs scored, while Mahoney added two hits. Zach Smith took the loss after giving up six runs (three earned) on eight hits over four and one-third innings pitched.